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Everyone's Fair Share: Finding Equitable Taxation Alternatives

WHEN

November 21, 2015 at 10:45am - 12pm

WHERE

Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, University of Alberta
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with Kathleen Lahey and Greg Flanagan

If taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society, how do we create a fair, progressive taxation system to generate the revenue necessary to pay for the kind of society we want? And what are the new possibilities for a progressive approach to taxation with a New Democrat government in the province? 

Taxation in Alberta, Sex Equality, and Income Inequalities: Policies for Better Tomorrows

Governments around the world have institutionalized austerity in annual budgets through taxation and spending. While looking for optimal economic development strategies, these policies ignore women’s economic needs and roles. This talk evaluates Alberta's recent tax and spending changes from the perspectives of their impact on gender equality, human well-being, and durable economic development, and outlines policy alternatives that can enhance existing policy directions in light of this province's unique characteristics and potentials.

Kathleen Lahey is professor and Queen’s National Scholar, Faculty of Law, at Queen’s University, Canada. She has been Visiting Professor in Fiscal Policy, Umeå University, Sweden; and was a Visiting Scholar at the International Tax Program, Harvard Law School. Kathleen has consulted on numerous law reform commissions and bodies, including the Ontario Fair Tax Commission, Law Reform Commission of Canada, and various Parliament of Canada committees. She has presented her work internationally and is involved in transnational collaborative fiscal policy research, including projects funded by the EC Horizon2020 program and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

Exploring Progressivity

A government budget includes the revenue side and the expenditure side. For this perspective the expenditures side is taken as independently determined. The various opportunities for government to obtain the necessary revenue to contribute to these expenditure obligations will be outlined; and the progressivity or fairness of various revenue options will be discussed.

Greg Flanagan is a public finance economist with an MES (Political Economy and the Environment) from York University, and MA (Economics) from the University of British Columbia. Greg has taught and been in administration for 30 years in the Alberta post-secondary system, and recently retired from the University of Lethbridge. He has been involved with Parkland Institute since its inception as a board member, frequent researcher, and advocate; and is a distinguished research fellow.