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. Continue reading Blitzkrieg on Tax Reform 

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?

Could Oil Prices Delay Canadian Federal Election?

Canadian media, political pundits and social media are rife with talk Prime Minister Stephen Harper might opt to use the cover of stronger polling statistics, the heightened security issues since the attack on Parliament and in Paris, to move up the federal election date to spring of 2015.

Could the declining oil prices causing budget woes, and in fact a delayed budget, instead suggest the Conservatives delay the federal election to 2016? By then oil prices might have recovered sufficiently to allow the tax breaks and spending options Conservatives wish to take to the Canadian public and Conservative supporters.

Would there be any repercussions for Mr. Harper and the Conservatives? What would be the implications for the Liberals, the New Democrats and the Green Party? Beyond social media, would Canadians at large care about any delays?

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