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AVAILABLE EXPERT: Kathy Lahey tells UN Canada's tax system needs overhaul

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Queen’s University tax law and discrimination expert Kathy Lahey is available to comment on her new report Tax Cuts and Sex Equality in Canada. Professor Lahey is currently presenting this report at the United Nations Committee on the Status of Women in Beijing. She is addressing the urgency of restoring national tax systems to secure the wellbeing of all people in every country.

The report outlines how Canada’s gender equality rankings have fallen from number one in the world between 1995 and 1999 to number 20 in 2014 - coinciding closely with Canada's long term tax-cutting programs, which accelerated in 1995. Professor Lahey says these tax cuts, which are nearly the largest such cuts in highly developed countries, represent 5.5 per cent of Canada’s annual gross domestic product, and are costing the country approximately $100 billion in revenues that are now left in the private hands of corporations, foundations, not-for-profit organizations, and higher income taxpayers.

“I am calling for a major overhaul of all Canadian tax laws, restoration of fair and adequate levels of taxation, and provision of public services available to all on an urgent basis to ensure that Canada does not become a country that exists only to serve the interests of the wealthy.”

See her report here.

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