New Report on Canada’s Retirement Income System at CCPA

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My latest report, “Risky Business” on the subject of Canada’s Retirement Income System is now available from the CCPA website.

This report reviews the performance of the three components of Canada’s retirement income system: Old Age Security; the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans; and the private pension and individual retirement saving system. Ultimately, the report finds that Canada’s retirement income system may work well for the mutual fund industry but that it’s failing individual Canadians.

(Still) … time for an adult conversation about taxes and public services

Today’s headline in the Toronto Star — “Ontario businesses looking for balanced budget, tax cuts” reminds us yet again that, when it comes to taxes, budgets and public services, those who claim to be our leaders look at the world in a way that would embarrass a six-year-old. It is still time for an adult conversation about taxes and public services, prompting a republishing of the piece I wrote in 2009 that I hoped might get the conversation started.

Time for an adult conversation about public services and taxes

At the risk of insulting a generation of four-year-olds, it’s time we had an adult conversation in Canada about taxes and public services.

Most four-year olds have figured out that when you go to the store to get something you want, you have to be prepared to pay for it. 

Yet Canada’s political leaders and business interest lobbyists would rather spit nickels than admit this basic fact.

It’s a problem with all political leaders and parties – not just those I disagree with…

Read more at The Hill Times. The article is also available on the CCPA website.