Still Waiting for the Thaw

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez Just like the ice and snow that refuse to go away this April, the provincial government is frozen into a perennial cycle of cutting revenue and then scrambling to make up for the …

2013 Preliminary Operating Budget Fails Tax Fairness Test

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has been analysing the City’s operating budget for several years now. We fully understand the challenges council faces: lack of revenues; a series of federal governments that …

A Sober Second Look at Liquor Privatization

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez A story in the Winnipeg Free Press’s The View from the West (Private Ontario liquor stores will benefit consumers) brings the issue of privatizing liquor sales to readers’ attention. Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives plan …

Manitoba Environment Library Closure and Balanced Budget Legislation

by Lynne Fernandez Here at the CCPA we have recently focused on whether the straightjacket imposed by Balanced Budget Legislation (BBL) is good for Manitoba. It is gratifying to note that the British Columbia NDP is asking the …

Tax Increment Financing and Social Enterprise: Promoting Equitable Community Revitalization in Winnipeg

PDF version by Erin Knight Currently, Manitoba is one of only two provinces in Canada that utilizes Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as a means for financing community revitalization projects in municipalities, although it has a long history of …

Impasse between Winnipeg and Province calls for bold action

by Errol Black and Lynne Fernandez In recent months there have been demands from many quarters that the Manitoba government increase the provincial sales tax by one percent and turn over the roughly $265 million in proceeds to …

Scott Brison’s Motion on Income Inequality

by Errol Black On April 25, 2012, members of parliament passed a motion introduced by Scott Brison: “That the Standing Committee on Finance be instructed to undertake a study on income inequality in Canada…” and “bring forward to …

Tax Fairness Forum

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg invite you to attend a forum on tax fairness. Tax Haven in the Snow: The demise of Canada’s progressive tax system and how to restore …

Tax Fairly, Spend Wisely

PDF version by Ian Hudson According to CBC news, 45% of Canadians wait until the last week before the deadline to file their tax returns. The mad pencil sharpening, digging through receipts and online filing is unlikely to …

Budget 2012: Deficit Budget Creates Surplus of Spin

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez and Shauna MacKinnon We went to the provincial legislature yesterday to review the budget and prepare our analysis. Our pre-budget predictions were accurate. We found a little bit of this and that; nothing of significance …