Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m.; Dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.
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Fairmont Pacific Rim
Star Sapphire Ballroom
1038 Canada Place
Canada's Forward Agenda: An Evening with Hon. John Baird
Protecting Canada's Interests, Promoting Canadian Values: Positioning Our Country for Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity
Canada’s Conservative government has made the diversification of foreign trade a major priority. Nowhere is that more important than in western Canada where commodity exports are the lifeblood of its vibrant and growing economy.
Please join The School of Public Policy in welcoming Hon. John Baird to a prestigious dinner in Vancouver to discuss the future of trade, growth and Canada’s economic future. This is a “must attend” event for anyone with an interest in Canada’s economic policy direction.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012untilFriday, June 8, 2012
Delta Lodge at Kananaskis
Excellence in Government Affairs- Executive Training
The New Reality: Implications for Government Affairs of a Majority Conservative Government
The intensive two-day program will be led by Darrel Reid, former Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. This is a "must-attend" event for professionals in government, regulatory or stakeholder affairs, and those whose work involves interacting with governments.
Ian Brodie, Former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister
Guy Giorno, Former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister
Mark Reder, Partner, Fleishman Hillard International Communications
Darrel Reid, Executive Fellow, The School of Public Policy
Scott Reid, Commentator, former Liberal Party strategist
Jack Mintz, Director and Palmer Chair, The School of Public Policy
André Turcotte, President, Feedback Research Corporation
Price: $3,500 (meals & accommodation included)
For more information or to register, please contact:
Christine Verdonck, Manager, Executive Programs & Outreach
403.220.6836 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Report by The School of Public Policy rebuts idea of 1% tax hike to fund municipal projects
In a report released today by The School of Public Policy, Professor Bev Dahlby examines a number of potential tax reforms for Canada, including the penny tax proposal of a 1% increase to the GST in order to fund infrastructure projects in cities.
Dahlby finds several problems with the penny tax proposal and therefore dismisses it as a valid tax measure.
“The main justification for this add-on to the GST – that the property tax is an inadequate source of tax revenue for funding municipal infrastructure – is not supported by trends in property tax collections and is at odds with the OECD’s recent endorsement of property taxes,” he writes.
Dahlby also highlights major legislative hurdles the penny tax would need to overcome and the high administrative and compliance costs it would carry.
In examining other areas of Canada’s tax system, Dahlby identifies provincial corporate income taxes as being high-cost revenue sources when compared to provincial HSTs. As such, he proposes a revenue-neutral switch from corporate to sales or personal income taxes.
“For Alberta, such a shift would yield up to $40 per dollar of tax revenue shifted from corporate to personal income taxes; for fiscal year 2011-2012, this would amount to a per capita welfare gain of roughly $19,000,” he writes.
The study can be found online at www.policyschool.ucalgary.ca/publications.