How two new free trade agreements could transform ...
              This article is part of the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2017      Mercosur (Southern Common Market) country members (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), a bloc formed by Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, have succ...
The case for federal personal income tax reform in Canada
2017-03-28    Original Link 
    On the 100th anniversary of Canada’s federal personal income tax (PIT), the federal government would be wise to consider reforming personal income taxes by eliminating several “tax expenditures” (tax credits, deductions and other special treatments) and using the revenues to fund broad-based reductions in marginal income tax rates.Why tax reform now?Canada’s economic performance has been sluggi...
Budget 2017 spells end of the Chrétien Consensus?
2017-03-28    Original Link 
    Former prime minister Jean Chrétien’s second budget in 1995 was by all accounts a historic budget that changed the trajectory of federal finances and laid the foundation for broad prosperity for better than a decade. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s second budget is a status quo, indecisive plan that continues the policies first presented in 2015 despite tectonic shifts south of t...
Strategic Consequences of U.S. Withdrawal from TPP
2017-03-28    Original Link 
    Since negotiations concluded for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in late 2015, observers have argued that Asian policymakers would interpret failure of the pact as a sign of America's declining interest in the region or inability to assert leadership. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned in 2015, “Failing to get the TPP done will hurt the credibility and standing of the U.S., n......
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