Table of contents

Prologue James Clancy

Introduction: Tax Fairness Key to Rebuilding Canada Dennis Howlett, Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness

1 Passing on the Torch Trish Hennessy

2 Pushing the Envelope: The Overton Window and the Left Diana Gibson

3 The Power of Conventional Thinking: Canada’s Media Join the Anti-Tax Movement Richard Swift

4 The Trouble with Tax Havens: Whose Shelter? Whose Storm? Peter Gillespie

5 The Failure of Corporate Tax Cuts to Stimulate Business Investment Spending Jim Stanford

6 Financial Transaction Taxes: The Battle for a Small but Important Tax Toby Sanger

7 Taxes and Ecological Justice? Joe Gunn

8 Tax Justice and the Civil EconomyJohn Restakis

Conclusion: The Way Out of This Mess Murray Dobbin


For decades, the right has flooded the airwaves and taken over the political podiums with its anti-tax hysteria. But Canadians are waking up to the simple truth that taxes are the price we pay for civilization, and that scrimping on taxes means scrimping on civilization. This collection of compelling essays deconstructs the misinformation spewing out of right-wing think tanks and media outlets, and reminds us that a far better social order is tantalizingly within reach. ?
-Linda McQuaig, author and journalist

?This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again. ? -Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star