22 May 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m.; Dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.

Fairmont Pacific Rim
Star Sapphire Ballroom
1038 Canada Place
Vancouver, B.C.

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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.  

06 - 08 Jun 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012untilFriday, June 8, 2012

Delta Lodge at Kananaskis

Kananaskis, Alberta

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.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • 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 verdonck@ucalgary.ca

19 Apr 2012

Proposed penny tax should follow penny into oblivion


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.

Author: Dahlby, Bev

Reforming the Tax Mix in Canada

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11 Apr 2012

Canada’s Outdated Tax System

Reports by The School of Public Policy highlight need for increased emphasis on consumption taxes

Two papers released today by The School of Public Policy reveal how Canada’s tax mix is skewed towards income taxes rather than consumption taxes and why this is problematic.

The first paper, authored by Professor Richard Bird, shows that Canada’s federal VAT -- the GST -- has been largely neglected over the past 20 years with the exception of some provincial harmonization. In fact, Canada has chosen to move away from VATs or consumption taxes as proven by the reduction in the GST to 5%.

The extent of this shift is put into perspective by Professor Sijbren Cnossen’s paper, which offers an international comparison of how countries rely on consumption taxes versus income-based taxes. Cnossen finds Canada “to have a relatively high preference for taxes on personal income and property” in comparison to other countries with similar economies.

Cnossen contends that this is a mistake and that Canada would do better to increase its reliance on consumption taxes such as the GST and subordinate VATs.

Tilting the balance toward consumption taxes would benefit public revenues because demand fluctuates less than income; consumption is largely local, which means there is less tax avoidance; and the GST is less amenable to being co-opted for market-distorting political purposes.

The study can be found online at www.policyschool.ucalgary.ca/publications.

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Author: Cnossen, Sijbren

Taxing Consumption or Income: Du Pareil Au Même?

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24 - 25 May 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012untilFriday, May 25, 2012


University of Calgary Downtown Campus Event Centre,
906 8th Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB

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Nobody Knows Anything: Canada’s Cyber Insecurities


Conference Topics:

  • State of the Art – Attackers & Targets
  • State of the Art – Defence
  • Deterrence – Uniting the Defence
  • Blue Sky Assessment
  • Cyber Policy Recommendations


Featured Speakers: John Adams, John Aycock, Ron Deibert, John Sheldon, Harvey Rishikof

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