Category Archives: Government Fiscal Issues

Provincial Greece

Friend speaking about how, in his area of a particular province, everything is cash payments. The housekeeper on Employment Insurance, with undeclared income; every contractor. Broadly-shared values with respect to tax evasion. Institutionalized, without particular institutional referents. Friend expressed regret … Continue reading

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Traps

Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (reproduced with permission): There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself. Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye Found a comparative summary. Canadians have 19 statutory holidays per year. The Greeks … Continue reading

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Porcine to Lillooet

In relation to “Porcine Lapel”, concerning the initiatives to reign in the perceived generosity of the pensions of Members of Parliament, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows, with reference to the article that follows (e-mail correspondence reproduced with permission): Imagine … Continue reading

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Smalltown Tax Refuge

Wrote earlier about the advantages of business relocations to smaller towns. Dedicated local workforce with more modest economic expectations, due to the cost of living being lower. Another general advantage is that one is not tied to the tax base … Continue reading

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Academic Economic Lens

I recently wrote about how my law practice is substantially self-financed. My friend, Neil Remington Abramson, commented about similar dimensons in the academic world: I pay for my own professional development as well. This mostly consists of books. The university … Continue reading

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Martin Wolf in Ottawa

When humans face unthinkable choices, the tendency is to behave like the choice doesn’t exist, which is how we got here. Martin Wolf, Ottawa, September 26, 2011 Have ended up thinking a fair bit about what he was saying. An … Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich: Shock at Making Sense

Was flipping channels earlier today to find out more about the Paul Dewar news conference announcing his candidacy for leadership of the federal New Democrats. Went to CPAC, Canada’s Public Affairs Channel, and found no Paul Dewar, but instead a … Continue reading

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