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Share the Wealth!
How we can tax Canada’s super-rich and create a better country for everyone

By (author) Angella MacEwenBy (author) Jonathan Gauvin

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How taxing Canada’s one per cent and big corporations will fund needed new government programs and create a more equal country that will be better for everyone — even the richest

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JONATHAN GAUVIN has been the federal NDP’s Director of Policy since December 2017 and contributed to the drafting of the NDP’s election platform in 2019. Prior to that, he was an issue coordinator in the NDP leader’s office. He holds degrees from the University of Ottawa and l’Université Laval. He’s a political buff who deeply wishes to build a better world for everyone, especially his two children. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

ANGELLA MacEWEN is a senior economist with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), a policy fellow with the Broadbent Institute and was an NDP candidate in the 2019 federal election. Angella writes a quarterly publication with CUPE, Economy at Work, which examines fiscal and social policy for workers. She holds a MA in Economics from Dalhousie University. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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  • Hot topic in Canada and around the world
  • Great data, simply explained, on the explosion of wealth for the super-rich in the pandemic – and in the last 20 years
  • All Canadian examples; eg, David Thomson (Thomson Reuters), Tobi Lutke (Shopify)
  • Concrete proposals for taxes that hit only the top one per cent
  • Evaluates the Liberals’ 2021 budget against their promise to tax the rich to address inequality

Unpublished endorsement

“With wealth concentration reaching staggering levels in Canada, polls show broad support for a wealth tax but lots of opposition from the elite. This easy-to-read book explains why. Share the Wealth makes a compelling and convincing case that Canadians would benefit enormously from an end to ‘wealth hoarding’ in Canada.”

Unpublished endorsement

“How will governments raise revenues to pay for improved public goods and services in a post-COVID economy? There is a broad policy consensus that a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive economy will require a more progressive approach to income and wealth taxes. Gauvin and MacEwen have done an excellent job summarizing the literature and arguments. Read this book.”

Unpublished endorsement

“Gauvin and MacEwen believe that we do not have to live in a Canada where those at the top get growing incomes, and lower taxes, while everyone else puts up with income stagnation and public service cuts. The inequality of COVID-19’s impacts only heightens the urgency of their proposals for fairer taxes and better policies. A book that deserves to be widely read.”

Unpublished endorsement

“Angella MacEwen and Jonathan Gauvin pool their considerable knowledge into a well-researched and logical argument in favour of a wealth tax and other fiscal tools to reduce inequality. Their book is a timely exploration of the most troubling economic fallout of the pandemic, tackling myths and proposing solutions with rigour.”

Unpublished endorsement

Share the Wealth details the consequences of inequality and shreds common propaganda against wealth and corporate taxes in this accessible guide on why these taxes are necessary—urgent, even, especially in the shadow of COVID-19—to transform Canada into a healthier, kinder, and fairer nation.”

Unpublished endorsement

“In Share the Wealth, authors Gauvin and MacEwen...envision a more just future offering specific, clearly articulated policy proposals to help us (re)learn how to share our wealth. This is very much the right book for this moment in Canadian history.”

Unpublished endorsement

“A splendid book. The writing is lucid and precise and the thinking cogently persuasive. The authors show how a series of tax cuts favouring the rich and corporations by governments, from Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin to Stephen Harper, left us with great inequality and $50 billion a year short to fund needed social programs. Their analysis shows precisely how the tax system favours the rich at the expense of the rest of us. And they provide solutions!”

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