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Fraser Institute report on taxation is misleading: Queen's University expert

2012-04-30

Queen’s University taxation law expert Kathleen Lahey is available to comment on the Fraser Institute report on taxation in Canada, released today. According to the report, Canadians pay more in tax than they do for food, clothing and shelter combined.

“The Fraser Institute report is designed to convince Canadian voters that the personal tax load borne by households is the biggest economic problem this country faces. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that the Canadian government has been aggressively following the formula called 'taxing for growth.' The report hopes to promote criticism of the only progressive tax left in Canada -- progressive personal income tax rates -- in order to justify cutting those rates and shifting even more of the total tax burden to sit most heavily on low-income families, couples, single individuals, disabled persons, and those with unequal access to good paid work like women, Aboriginal, and immigrant workers,” says Professor Lahey.

Professor Lahey teaches taxation and tax policy at the Queen’s University Faculty of Law.

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