Where parties stand on tax fairness is the real test of whether they really want to help low- and middle-income Canadians and reduce income inequality. Years of tax cuts that went largely to the wealthy and large corporations have failed to deliver the economic growth we were promised. Instead, those tax cuts led to income inequality and the underfunding of our public services. We will not have a fair recovery unless the federal government is willing to ensure that the wealthy and large corporations are paying their share.
Ottawa (26 Aug. 2021) — A report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows that the federal government contributed 86% of the cost of the measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, Still Picking Up the Tab: Federal and provincial government COVID-19 spending, updates a previous report on spending during that pandemic, Picking Up the Tab, which the CCPA released in January.
“We are pleased we were ultimately able to negotiate an agreement with their employers and government that begins to get them back on track to where they need to be: leading in Atlantic Canada.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"Companies like Uber and Lyft shouldn't be allowed to get a free ride when it comes to paying their fair share of taxes." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Ottawa (24 June 2021) — In 2002 the United Nations designated June 23 as Public Service Day. The day is meant to recognize the value of public services, the contribution they make to development, and the work done by public employees.
Ottawa (09 June 2021) — In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the National Union of Public and General Employees backed the call for a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 21%. The proposal for a global minimum corporate tax rate is being discussed at the Group of Seven government leaders’ summit in Britain later this week.
Global minimum corporate tax rate would help reduce tax dodging
A global minimum tax is intended to make it hard for multinational corporations using tax havens and other tax dodging schemes to avoid paying their share.
Ottawa (27 May 2021) — A universal public pharmacare program will help to ensure all Canadians are able to get the prescription drugs they need and will save the health care system money. So why is it taking so long to introduce?
The answer is that, while the overwhelming majority of Canadians would benefit from universal public pharmacare, some large corporations would see profits drop. Those corporations, whose owners include some of the wealthiest families in the world, are lobbying hard against universal public pharmacare.
Ottawa (30 April 2021) — This week the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) agreed to a motion from NDP Finance Critic Peter Julian to do a follow-up study of how shell companies in tax havens are used for tax avoidance and to avoid legal proceedings. This effectively restarts a 2016 inquiry by FINA into shell companies in tax havens.
Ottawa (20 April 2021) — The National Union of Public and General Employees has called on Canada Pension Plan Investments Board (CPPIB) to reject a plan to invest in the privatization of water and sanitation sewer services in Brazil.
Ottawa (08 April 2021) — This week the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) reported that more than $1.36 billion in taxes and penalties has been recovered by different countries as a result of the Panama Papers leak.