As regular readers know, I voted Green in the last election. I’m leaning that way again, though I’m leaving myself open to other options for the moment. Regardless, I thought I’d point out that the Green Party released its platform today (thanks, Jim). Apparently there are 216 specific ideas outlined within. Here’s what they have to say on ‘fair taxes’:
- Reduce taxes for Canadians earning less than $45,000 per year.
- Establish an all-party task force to study corporate tax rates between Canada and the United States, taking into account the differences in and provision of various social programs.
- Close all loopholes that permit the establishment of offshore tax havens by Canadian companies.
- Establish a new Parliamentary Budget Office to provide independent public estimates of government revenues and expenditures. Simplify reporting in order to identify how government initiates new policies, the creation of budgets and the design of programs through to the actual results achieved.
I’ve said it before, but I really dig the Green Party’s ‘socially progressive, fiscally conservative’ approach.