Erin Weir

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Jul 16, 2011

TILMA by stealth

Erin Weir
A month ago, Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments volunteered to be directly sued by investors under the Agreement on Internal Trade.
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Jul 4, 2011

Rationalizing corporate Canada's cash stash

Erin Weir
Cash hoarding is a critical point in the debate about corporate taxes. If incremental after-tax profits are being deposited, lower corporate tax rates likely just produce higher piles of cash.
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Jun 4, 2011

Scheer success

Erin Weir
Andrew Scheer has been elected House of Commons Speaker. I met him in 2004, when we were federal candidates in adjacent Regina ridings.
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Jun 3, 2011

Does capitalism save lives?

Erin Weir
It's true that economic development saves lives, and capitalism is one potential route to economic development. But that does not mean that capitalism, in and of itself, saves lives.
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May 26, 2011

B.C. to raise corporate taxes

Erin Weir
Amazingly, B.C.'s government has joined its official opposition in proposing to restore the provincial corporate income tax rate from 10% to 12%.
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May 10, 2011

The perils of 'strategic' voting

Erin Weir
In every federal election that I can remember, the Liberals have appealed for strategic voting. A major flaw in this logic is that relatively few ridings are close Liberal-Conservative races.
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May 9, 2011

How much will Harper cut?

Erin Weir
Some progressives worry that the new Conservative majority will dismantle the Canadian state. In fiscal terms, it is looking like the lame sequel to a movie that Canadians have seen before.
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Apr 9, 2011

The Borg and corporate taxes

Erin Weir
Perhaps the most compelling villain on Star Trek was the Borg, which seeks to assimilate other groups into its hive. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute seems to be performing this on Canada's right.
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Sep 2, 2010

Privatizing potash was a costly mistake

Erin Weir
The greatest tragedy in BHP Billiton's $38.6-billion bid for the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan is that the Government of Saskatchewan previously sold PCS for just $630 million.
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Feb 8, 2007

Income splitting would worsen inequality

Erin Weir
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has mused about making all income divisible for tax purposes. Only 2.8 million Canadians live in single-earner families, the ones most likely to gain from income splitti

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