Blitzkrieg on Tax Reform 

Tax fairness. It’s been on many a Canadian’s lips since Bill Morneau two-left-footed his way to announcing a listening tour across Canada, for his tax reform proposals on Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPC).

A tour that ran head long into a Blitzkrieg. From Andrew Scheer’s gleeful Conservative Party, to Ontario doctors seemingly ready for any fight, including amongst themselves, to lawyers, accountants, small farmers, and left-leaning voters accustomed to spitting out Trudeau’s name, the pile-on was sizeable and surgical.

And, for the most part, false. Yes, THAT false.

Talk of middle class assault at the hands of the Liberals, doctors up and leaving Canada or refusing to service their patients, a ninety-three percent tax rate,  a seventy-three percent tax hike, female doctors using passive investments as a means to fund maternity leaves or dire straights predicted for farmers flashed on television and digital screens across Canada.

The latter two groups have justifiable cause for concern with the Liberal government’s proposed tax reform. And it sounds like their concerns will be addressed when Morneau announces amendments to the original proposals.

But the rest of the vitriol was hogwash, repeated by special interests or politicians looking to make hay with with ill-informed tweeters and Facebook users.

I might add, aided and abetted by an unprepared Minister of Finance.

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The Middle East: The Liberals’ plan strives for more

A national economy underpinned by the extraction and export of Alberta’s oilsands.

A Canadian mission, the nexus of which, six CF-18 fighter jets, contributes two percent of all sorties, to the global fight against the Islamic State.

The former disintegrating steadily, and piercing every region across Canada, as the price of oil plumbs depths not seen in a generation or two.

The latter, the public flagpole upon which many fly their security blanket.

As if something as complex as a national economy or response to a group of barbaric thugs intent on recreating a caliphate in a region of mistrusting and murdering factions, can be whittled down to one variable.

One narrow element that will act as a sole pillar on which governments define, plan, and act, as Stephen Harper’s government did, from 2006-2015.

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Dismantling Democracy, Harper-Style

Democracy is at a premium in Canada, today.

Not dead, but in grave condition.

While many pages have been written on the Harper Conservatives’ subversive means of undermining Canadians’ rights, privacies, freedom of speech and dissent, few have documented their totality over the nine-year reign.

Until today. Voices-Voix, a non-partisan collective of Canadians and more than 200 Canadian organizations concerned with the decline of democracy in Canada, catalogued 102 cases where the Harper Government attempted to silence dissenters or advocates, free speech, equality and transparency during their nine-year reign.

Their comprehensive report is a worthwhile read for any individuals wishing to be more informed of the dismantling of Canadian democracy. From silencing voices of marginalized communities and public servants, to limiting the compiling and dissemination of knowledge, Voices-Voix thoroughly itemizes and expands on how the Conservatives used domestic and foreign policy, and Canadian security forces to remove obstacles perceived to be inconsistent with their partisan governance.

Interestingly enough, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada, chose this day to release their 32 point plan on how they would return democracy to Canada.

From committing to open and transparent government, to the restoration of evidence-based policy-making, banning partisan government advertising, a real independence for government watchdogs and Parliamentary Budget Officer, and open and fair elections, The Liberals Real Change Plan attempts to reverse many of Voice-Voix’s findings.

Curious timing or logical strategic plan for an opposition party four months before the Canadian election?