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Support the arts, tax the rich


 

Brian Topp continues to make use of his Globe pulpit: defending the Canadian arts community and explaining the case for taxing the rich.

Like all other industrial economies, Canada foolishly mirrored American tax policy and has paid many of the same prices. The Conference Board of Canada recently reported that the gap between low and high-income earners is every bit as striking in Canada as in the United States. In our modest Canadian way, we too run structural deficits to pay for annual tax giveaways to those among us who need help the least.

Mr. Reagan’s tax policies belong in his museum. If these times call for belt-tightening – a highly debatable proposition, to say the least – then let’s start among those with the largest belts. A good place would be with a new top-tier income tax bracket, and a careful look at loopholes and giveaways that embarrass even American billionaires – some of whom are now leading the growing chorus for change.


 

Support the arts, tax the rich

  1. Am I the only one who was surprised that the G&M ran today’s “save the CBC” piece from Topp without even so much as a mention of his ties with ACTRA, and how what he was advocating would directly impact his day job?

    I mean, the guy is the head ACTRA, the Canadian actors union, and they don’t even mention this fact when he’s writing about increasing government funding for the arts. The ethics people at the Globe must be on vacation.

    • If you click on the heading marked Topp at the top of the GM page you’ll find his bio, including his links with ACTRA; but you already knew that didn’t you.

      • Why would I know that? And how many readers do you think click through to the author’s hidden bio page to find out if he has a conflict of interest with what he’s writing about?

        They openly disclose his NDP connections at the bottom of the article, I don’t see why they shouldn’t also add “and Executive Director of ACTRA”.

        • It isn’t “hidden”, you just couldn’t be bothered to find it. You’d rather moan about perceived liberal media bias; even when it doesn’t exist.

          • I’d say appending it openly to the article, where everyone who read the article would see the disclaimer too, would be the honest thing. The Globe’s in a very strange place with its Topp piece; can’t imagine why they’re keeping him on.

          • I’m not particularly botherred whether they append it at the bottom of the article or put it in his bio, which isn’t hidden or hard to find. I do agree it is strange that the globe keeps him on. I don’t didlike Topp but he doesn’t hide his partisan streak and he has other irons in the fire right now.

  2. I am still baffled by the fact that a declared candidate for the leadership of a political party is given this platform from which to speak which is not open to the others.  Will this Martin Singh get a Globe column?

    While Messrs. Saganash, Cullen, and Dewar are all M.P.s and so have an avenue that Topp does not then he just has to get himself elected is all.

    • That’s a better criticism than Ricks. It is rather odd; is there any precedent for it?

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