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Tax Is Not a Four-Letter Word: A Different Take on Taxes in Canada [Paperback]

Alex Himelfarb , Jordan Himelfarb
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Oct. 4 2013 Canadian Commentaries

Taxes connect us to one another, to the common good, and to the future. This is a book about taxes: who pays what and who gets what. More than that, it’s about the role of government, about citizenship and our collective well-being, about the Canada we want. The contributors, leading Canadian practitioners and scholars, explore how taxes have become a political “no-go zone” and how changes in taxation are changing Canada. They challenge the view that any tax is a bad tax and provide broad directions for fairer and smarter approaches.

This is a book that will be of interest to anyone concerned with public policy and public affairs, economics, and political science and to anyone interested in challenging the conventional wisdom that lower taxes and smaller government are the cures to what ails us.


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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good discussion the value of taxes 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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4.0 out of 5 stars It is a very good book for a political junkie Aug. 29 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars No apologies Feb. 10 2014
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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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