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Tuer la poule aux œufs d'or : Les impacts des hausses d'impôt proposées au Québec/Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs: Impact of proposed tax increases in Quebec


  • Alexandre Laurin

    (C.D. Howe Institute)


(note: this report is in French) The Quebec Government's new tax plan - which would replace the across-the-board health contribution of $200 per taxpayer with large marginal tax increases on high-income earners as well as increased taxes on capital gains and dividends - may result in a government revenue shortfall of approximately $800 million per year, according to a this study. The erosion of Quebec's fiscal capacity may be partially offset by additional federal equalization payments to Quebec. But these transfer payments would be insufficient and would merely redistribute wealth from the rest of Canada to Quebec; what the province really needs is to have a tax system conducive to wealth creation. "Over the long term, declining economic activity and investment would lead to the relative impoverishment of Quebec society," says Laurin.

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  • Alexandre Laurin, 2012. "Tuer la poule aux œufs d'or : Les impacts des hausses d'impôt proposées au Québec/Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs: Impact of proposed tax increases in Quebec," e-briefs 139, C.D. Howe Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:139

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    Fiscal Policy and Tax Competitiveness; Province of Quebec; taxation;

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    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue

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