Reforming the GST: The Case for Fairness and Efficiency

When: Friday, February 24, 2012

Where: Ottawa

The GST has been with us for 20 years. Notwithstanding its controversial introduction and recent local controversy over HST harmonization, economists still believe that a value added tax (VAT) is one of the most fair, neutral and efficient of all taxes.

But, how does the GST stack up again other VATs worldwide? That question was tackled at an event on February 24th in association with Jack Mintz, and The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. In a paper released at this event, Professor Michael Smart discussed his in-depth analysis of the GST - and questioned its effectiveness vis a vis other VATs. Smart also offered specific proposals to reform the GST, and make it better, fairer, and perhaps even smaller.

Reforming the GST: The Case for Fairness and Efficiency explored how the federal government might reform the GST/HST system by reassessing key tax exemptions, including:

  • Food and agricultural products
  • Housing
  • Public sector bodies
  • Small companies
  • And how expanded revenues could be put to use. Including the possibility of reducing the rate of GST.

Event Details
Friday, February 24, 2012
11:00am to 1:00pm
Rideau Club - Lounge
99 Bank Street

Registration fees
PPF Members $60.00 + HST
Non-Members $80.00 + HST

For more information, please contact James McLean.