Friday, March 09, 2012

Canadians for Tax Fairness - Fair Tax Summit March 29 and 30, 2012

Canadians for Tax Fairness is holding a Fair Tax Summit on March 29 and 30, 2012 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa. The conference aims to build a movement for tax fairness in order to protect vital public services and build a more equal society.

The program includes a key note address by Linda McQuaig, well known author and journalist, who has most recently co-authored with Neil Brooks the best selling book, The Trouble with Billionaires. She will speak about Building a Better Canada.

The program can be viewed by clicking on this link. It includes workshops on:

  • Fair taxes and the environment
  • Making taxes more progressive
  • How to make corporations pay for all the services they get
  • Getting value for your money
  • Reforming municipal taxes
  • How the tax system could help to reduce poverty and inequality,
  • Tackling tax havens, and
  • Provincial tax fairness campaigning.

​Plenary sessions include:

  • The political and economic context for fair tax campaigning.
  • Public opinion on equality and taxes
  • Framing the tax debate
  • Beyond our borders, learning from global tax justice campaignsh
  • An analysis of the federal budget: Are there alternatives to austerity?
  • A call to action

Speakers' bios can be seen here.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in French and English.

Canadians for Tax Fairness is organizing this conference in collaboration with the following co-sponsors: Canadian Association of University Teachers, CAW, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Canadian Health Coalition, Canadian Labour Congress, Canadian Teachers' Federation, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada Without Poverty, Citizens for Public Justice, Halifax Initiative, Inter Pares, KAIROS, National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation, National Union of Public and General Employees, Oxfam Canada, Public Service Alliance of Canada, SEIU Canadian Council, and the United Steelworkers Union.

The conference will be limited to 150 participants (we already have over 110 registrations) so register right away to be sure to get a spot.

For more information contact Sofia Samper at:


Blogger Tim said...

Just to let you know the US FATCA legislation is coming under heavy crictism in Canada for privacy implications regarding "US Person" Canadian citizens from both the Conservatives and NDP. I have seen at the very least NDP MP's Paul Dewar, Megan Leslie, Peter Julian, and Don Davies issue statements in opposition to FATCA. I know also Bob Rae and Elizabeth May who are attending the summit have also issues statements in opposition to US FATCA. I know of several people who have already contacted on of the most prominent civil liberties lawyers(maybe the most prominent) in Canada to discuss a civil rights lawsuit against any Canadian bank to that discloses US information to the US on US Person Canadian Citizens(which Canada under the US Canada tax treaty will not impose penalties on or collect tax on behalf of the US)under the FATCA program.

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Blogger Physiocrat said...

It would have been nice to see coverage of the moral aspect of taxation, which is the fiscal expression of the relationship between the state and the individual.

The individual has a duty to contribute towards the cost of that which enables civilised society to function, but the rights and duties need to be carefully mapped out.

"Ability to pay" is deficient.

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