Income Splitting – A Tax Policy for Families

22 Sep 2014 Income Splitting – A Tax Policy for Families

On the feature interview this week, Andrea Mrozek with the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, talks about a  research paper her group published this summer on the notion of “Income Splitting”, also known as “Family Taxation.”   She explains how the policy would work, and assesses the political chances of having the concept introduced as part of the next Federal budget in the spring.  

On the news portion, there’s a new Evangelical initiative on “Climate Change”.  Spearheaded by the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, it’s a research paper entitled “Protect the Poor: Ten Reasons to Oppose Harmful Climate Change Policies.”  

The initiative started with more than 150 signatories, including those of ARPA’s Mark Penninga and Andre Schutten.  It has received considerable media coverage, including feature articles in World Magazine and the Christian Post.  On the show this week, a brief interview with the Alliance’s Dr. Calvin Beisner on why many Climate Change Policies are especially harmful for the poor.

Justin Trudeau’s pro-abortion views were back in the news this week, after seven retired Liberal Members of Parliament wrote an open letter to their Party leader, criticising him for his continued hard line stance against allowing pro-life candidates to run for the Liberals.  Mr. Trudeau tried to defend himself on Twitter, writing that “the days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone.”  

His position has again garnered considerable opposition on the country’s editorial pages, most notably in the National Post.  Particularly here and here.   

On our program, We Need a Law’s Mike Schouten weighs in on the issue, and on what it could mean in the realm of federal politics generally.

Also this week, we speak with Mark Milke from the Fraser Institute about a column he wrote recently on the financial benefits to the taxpayers of the Independent and Christian School movement in Canada.  The column is in response to criticism – particularly during the just-concluded teacher’s strike in British Columbia, that government in several Provinces have been “subsidizing private schools”.  Mr. Milke explains, both in his column and in a brief interview on the program this week, why that’s an absolute myth.  

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