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Finance committee  This is really an ideal time, when we look at the cost, to take out new debt to pay for the things that we need to move away from reliance on fossil fuels, not only to get around in terms of transportation but also in terms of key industries in particular provinces. This is the t

May 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  Thanks, Mr. Julian, for the question. Certainly, the tax system can play the role of equalizing or creating a more equal society in an after-tax sense, which is to say taking that money and redistributing it, but also restricting the maximum gains you get at the top end. In t

May 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  Certainly, in the context of the pandemic, many Canadians are receiving drug insurance through their employers. With the big disruption in employment over the course of the pandemic, in particular in the sectors where there are often more women than men, not only are you seeing a

May 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  I have indeed. Thanks so much for the invitation to come back to speak to you today about Bill C-30 and Budget 2021. The last time I was at the committee, I presented you with the results of our 2020 child care fee survey in the context of the fall economic update. I was pleased

May 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  We're concerned about Canada's federal debt-to-GDP ratio at 50%, but the Japanese debt-to-GDP ratio is at 260%, and they're desperate for more inflation. They've been encountering deflation since real estate crashed there in the 1990s, and so that is exactly a problem that we sho

March 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  In the short run those are exactly the three choices that governments face. They can raise taxes, they can cut programs or they can run deficits, or some mix of the three. The decline in federal government revenues at $60 billion is so substantial that there would really be no w

March 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  I certainly think that there will be a time to come in the next couple of years to start to examine new revenue measures. Broadly, when we start to look at new revenue measures, I think one of the things to understand is that this pandemic has not been bad for everyone. Financi

March 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  There was a Financial Post story looking at CEO bonuses at the big banks despite the fact that revenues were off from last year, although they were still making profits. Despite the fact that revenues were down in the banking sector, CEOs' benefits and their bonuses seem almost e

March 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  I think some of the programs could have been better targeted. We think of top-ups to old age security, for instance, which goes across a large spectrum of seniors. It might have been better to devote that money purely to the guaranteed income supplement. There were broad top-ups

March 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  Thanks so much for the question. Certainly, when it comes to debt and deficits, the federal government does not exist alone. It exists within the Canadian economy, across from other large sectors in the economy, and deficits and debt are fungible. In essence, they can move betwe

March 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  I think it is a fair statement. The debt could have occurred someplace else. Certainly even in the corporate sector, despite the businesses being the primary beneficiaries of the federal government's COVID-19 efforts, the debt-to-GDP ratio for the corporate sector has risen 15 pe

March 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  Excellent. Thank you, Mr. Easter. I hope everyone can hear me. Thanks so much to the committee for the invitation today. Certainly, the economic response to COVID-19 from the government has been unprecedented in Canadian history. We'd need to look back at the World Wars to see

March 18th, 2021Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  Certainly in terms of international tax havens, they exist because we allow them to exist. We allow them to exist in the sense that we don't require corporate entities operating in Canada to disclose where they declare profits, where they make revenue or where they employ people

June 18th, 2020Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  I don't think we're at the stage yet of discussing increases in taxation, but I think we will soon be at the stage of discussing cuts in programs in order to reduce deficits, particularly provincially but also potentially federally. You can balance the books two ways. You can i

June 18th, 2020Committee meeting

David Macdonald

Finance committee  There were few conditions, as there are this time around, in terms of accessing some of those supports. The programs were actually, in some ways, quite similar: the Bank of Canada, particularly, engaging in large-scale repo operations with the banks; CMHC itself engaging in mort

June 18th, 2020Committee meeting

David Macdonald