A new progressive, grassroots tax fairness advocacy organization has just been established in Canada–and its first initiative is a petition and campaign to stop additional corporate tax cuts. The text is below. If you are in agreement, please sign on and pass this on to your contacts.
We, the undersigned, oppose additional corporate tax cuts which will give billions of dollars to the country’s most highly profitable corporations, such as oil companies and banks.
Rather than foregoing this tax revenue, these funds should be used to pay for the public services that Canadians want and need and/or targeted to support the direct creation of more jobs.
We call on Parliament to stop the corporate tax cuts and instead implement a process to develop a fair and equitable tax system for Canada. We also call on all provincial governments to do likewise.
The new organization is called Canadians for Tax Fairness and it now has a website at www.taxfairness.ca It’s being spearheaded by Larry Gordon, founding president and former executive director of Fair Vote Canada. Founding directors include Neil Brooks, Linda McQuaig, Murray Dobbin, Peter Bleyer, Trish Hennessy and others. Here’s the mission statement.
“The mission of Canadians for Tax Fairness is to build a citizen-based, citizen-driven campaign organization to promote fair taxation, based on ability to pay, to fund the comprehensive, high-quality network of public services and programs required to meet our collective social, economic and environmental needs in the 21st century. Canadians for Tax Fairness will provide a platform for concerned citizens to work collectively toward that end, and to work hand in hand with other related campaigns and organizations working on similar goals.”
They have a lot of interesting advocacy ideas. They have a growing list of resources, have downloadable flyers & posters, will have a monthly newsletter, and are planning to organize events.
Canada has long needed a grassroots alternative to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (which often seems more focused on cutting public spending than on promoting fair taxation), just as there are progressive tax justice organizations in other countries–and an international tax justice network.
This is an exciting initiative to create that alternative in Canada. The organization is looking for volunteers, members and donations to get started. It is still in the early stages of development and welcomes any help, advice and involvement from those who share its mission, values and objectives.
- Don’t Privatize ISC (May 16th, 2013)
- Provincial Corporate Taxes: A 12% Floor? (April 23rd, 2013)
- Fairness by design: a framework for tax reform in Canada (February 14th, 2013)
- Effective Corporate Tax Rate Falling (October 18th, 2012)
- Do Corporate Tax Cuts Really Pay For Themselves? (September 13th, 2012)