The straight talk tax express didn’t stop in British Columbia

I guess the Jack Mintz Straight Talk Tax Express didn’t make it to British Columbia. What was it Jack said just last week in New Brunswick? Oh, that’s right. He said that tax credit programs were what “poor nations, less developed countries try to do, to target things. It really just creates a big fiscal cost where you could do things a lot better.

Well, B.C. is extending its lucrative ‘tax breaks’ to support the $1.2 billion, 20,000 job film industry in that province.

I guess B.C. would quality as a ‘poor nation’ or maybe just a ‘less developed country’ just like Ontario which is the best ‘targeter’ of them all.

I have a theory that guys like Mintz love to come down to the ‘poor nations’ like New Brunswick and wax poetic. The shame is that the newspaper editors and policy influencers eat this stuff up like, well like, less developed countries listening to the World Bank or the IMF.

There’s a lesson to be learned here somewhere.

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0 Responses to The straight talk tax express didn’t stop in British Columbia

  1. richard says:

    Surely the lesson is:

    ” do not spend too much of your time listening to economists. After all, they are mainly ideologues who substitute religious-like belief in particular hypotheses for rational data analysis and fact-checking”

  2. NB taxpayer says:

    BC, as you know, has a golden opportunity to grow their economy.

    However, some would say the window is closing rapidly on that opportunity. I say, it isn’t too late…flatten your tax system and invest.

    [See Fraser paper for more]

  3. richard says:

    let me re-phrase that:

    ” do not spend too much of your time listening to economists. After all, they are mainly ideologues who substitute religious-like belief in particular hypotheses for rational data analysis and fact-checking. A prime example would be the Fraser Institute, an infamous collection of hacks and thugs who never let facts get in the way of a ‘paper’.”