The Fall Economic Update contained a handful of tax measures designed to keep Canada’s businesses competitive with those of the United States. But what of the myriad other aspects of our tax system that might also be due for change? Does the system adequately address the changing nature of the economy and Canadian society? How does it measure up to those of other countries? Are there ways to make the system less complex? Experts weighed in on these questions during a panel discussion in Ottawa.
This event is part of a series of in-depth conversations on key policy issues that could — or should — form part of the debate in the federal election campaign in 2019, hosted by Policy Options, in partnership with the Max Bell School of Public Policy.
Bruce Ball is the Vice-President, Taxation, at Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). He leads a team of tax professionals who seek to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and recognition of CPA Canada’s work in the tax sector. Bruce also aims to increase CPA Canada’s reputation as the preeminent provider of core tax education in Canada. Bruce was formerly National Tax Partner for BDO Canada LLP, and the head of the firm’s National Tax Department.
Allison Christians is the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law at the McGill University Faculty of Law, where she teaches and writes on national, comparative and international tax law and policy. She has written numerous scholarly articles, essays and book chapters, as well as editorials, columns and articles in professional journals, addressing a broad array of topics, and has been named one of the “Global Tax 50” most influential individuals in international taxation.
Jennifer Robson is an associate professor at Carleton University’s Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. Prior to joining Carleton, she worked in the federal public service, in the voluntary sector and as a political advisor. In 2016, Jennifer served as a member of an Advisory Panel on Tax Expenditures to the Minister of Finance and was a member of the National Research Committee on Financial Literacy for the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada from 2015 to 2018.
Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the IRPP’s influential digital magazine. An award-winning journalist, she spent more than two decades covering national and parliamentary affairs for The Canadian Press and for CBC Television. She is a three-time winner of a National Newspaper Award and the recipient of the prestigious Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national issues. She is the coeditor (with Graham Fox) of The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy (2016).