George Abbott in Conversation with Vaughn Palmer

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Online, via Zoom webinar

Hosted by Munro's Books.

Tuesday, September 29 | 7:00 PM PDT / 10:00 EDT

Tune in as former MLA and cabinet minister George Abbott discusses his new book, Big Promises, Small Government: Doing Less with Less in the BC Liberal Era, with Vaughn Palmer, the Vancouver Sun's political columnist since 1984.

When Gordon Campbell’s Liberal government won a massive majority in British Columbia in 2001, the premier immediately fulfilled his pledge to cut personal income taxes. Big Promises, Small Government reveals the consequences of dramatic tax policy changes on social programs. Campbell expected lower taxes to spur investment and growth. Instead, cutting taxes, while exempting health and education, left smaller ministries scrambling to absorb the cuts to maintain a balanced budget, with disastrous effects. This insider recounting of the real-world genesis, implementation, and consequences of a tax policy offers vital lessons to future governments and insight into the role of taxes in society.

Purchase a copy of Big Promises, Small Government through Munro's and you can get it signed and personalized by the author! (Be sure to include any dedication requests when you place your order.)

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