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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press (Oct. 4 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554588324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554588329
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
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“How much are we willing to pay to live in a good and prosperous country? Do we have a tax system that is fair and efficient? What public goods and services do we want our governments to provide? If democracies exist only by the virtue of the engagement of citizens, then we need to have the courage to have a new conversation about taxation. Read this book. Get informed by experts on the politics, economics, and social dimensions of taxation. Tell your friends to read it. Then have a conversation with your member of parliament. The future of Canada will be better for it.” (Kevin Page, Canada’s first parliamentary budget officer; Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair, University of Ottawa)

“What happened to the Canada that could solve national problems, support people in hard times, and improve life for each successive generation? This book provides the answer: twenty years of cumulative tax cuts have undermined the can-do Canada our parents and grandparents built. Better still it points the way out of this cul-de-sac, beginning with an honest conversation about how we pay for the nation we want to be. It can’t start soon enough.” (Carol Goar, The Toronto Star)

About the Author

Alex Himelfarb is the director of the Glendon School of Public and International Aff airs and the Centre for Global Challenges at York University. A federal public servant for twenty-eight years before his retirement in 2009, he served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet for three prime ministers, as Canada’s Ambassador to Italy, as Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, and in senior positions in numerous ministries and agencies.

Jordan Himelfarb is an opinion editor at The Toronto Star. Previously he was the editor of The Mark and the Arts and Ideas editor of This Magazine. His writing has appeared in many of Canada’s foremost newspapers and magazines. He is also co-editor of the music website Said the Gramophone, one of Time Magazine’s top blogs of 2009.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Frans on June 8 2014
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This is a valuable and much needed discussion on the value of paying taxes. The contributors provide a thorough discussion of the history and changing attitudes toward the payment of taxes and make a solid case for the position that if we are to continue to receive high quality public services we cannot avoid paying for them.
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this book was very enjoyable it is stunning to find out more about our tax system and the different methods we could use.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia on Dec 6 2014
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This book is a conversation we all need to be having across Canada. This is a wake up call to all of us who want to keep our social programs intact, especially healthcare.
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This book starts with the premise that taxes serve a good and useful purpose. The author is writing about Canada but it could very well be about the US. He reminds us that taxes pay for important things that we could not buy ourselves. We pay taxes to sustain the community. It is written in a very accessible style with charts where necessary. I am surprised by the similarity of the broad political trends there with the ones currently in the US. The book is timely and presents a good set of arguments for taxes as part of the glue that holds us together as a community, a state and a nation. Excellent
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If you lean politically left you'll probably enjoy this book.
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