Tax and Public Opinion
Panel discussion featuring: Kim Brooks, Schulich School of Law, Graham Steele, Rowe School of Business, Shirley Tillotson, Department of History.
As Canadians have recently seen, tax reform is hard. The economics can be controversial, the law is complex, and the accountancy concepts are strange to many of us. People have strong views on tax questions, for pocketbook reasons or moral or political ones. This mix of factors can make it hard to engage the voting public in a meaningful consultation. There is a risk of much heat and not much light, shouting matches and head scratching. Hosted by the MacEachen Institute, this panel brings together three of Dalhousie’s experts on tax policy to help us think about how public opinion shapes tax policy, and whether we can do a better job of talking constructively about tax. And we want to hear your thoughts. Do you talk about tax with friends and family? How does that go? Have you changed your thinking over the years? Why or why not?
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