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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: 15.4 x 1.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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