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Manitoba farmers say local education taxes on farmland are unfair and want the provincial government to do something about it.

Education tax model ‘flawed’ says Eichler

The agriculture minister agrees farmers pay more than their share, but says there’s not much he can do about it

Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler concedes Manitoba farmers get a raw deal on farmland education taxes — but he also says relief won’t be immediate. “We know there are a number of funding models that would look better,” Eichler said during a question period following his speech at the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) 35th annual meeting

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Farmland education tax not part of education review

Premier Brian Pallister wants a plan for improving public education before exploring ways to pay for it

The president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) says he isn’t surprised education taxes aren’t part of an upcoming education review — but he is a bit disappointed. Bill Campbell says funding issues, and especially taxation on farmland, should be on the agenda, especially given earlier statements from the provincial government. “I realize this is


The Association of Manitoba Muncipalities says there’s plenty of public support for its call for a share of cannabis tax dollars.

Poll lines up Manitobans with AMM on cannabis

How much should municipalities get when it comes time to divvy out tax revenue on pot? 
A recent poll from the AMM suggests at least half

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities says a new poll shows Manitobans support local governments getting their piece of the cannabis tax pie. The Probe Research poll, done on behalf of the AMM, reported that about 33 per cent of 1,000 replies thought municipalities should get half the tax revenue, while 59 per cent indicated local

Morneau pulls back on tax changes

The government says it will consult with farmers and other small businesses on intergenerational transfers

The federal government is withdrawing several controversial tax changes and will consult with farmers and other small businesses on rules that could make intergenerational transfers of family enterprises simpler, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Oct. 19. He capped a week of backing down on tax changes affecting farmers, fishers and other small businesses by announcing

Comment: A failure to communicate

The federal government is long on rhetoric and short on meaningful detail in its tax proposals

Too often the discussion of tax reform is boiling down to partisan debate. But this question is so much larger, and is fundamentally a right or wrong issue. The last time a tax reform of this magnitude was implemented it was the early ’70s. It took about six years of consultation and about two years


Comment: The loudest voices against tax reform are not neutral

Almost absent in the debate about proposed Canadian changes are any voices defending 
the idea of tax fairness

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposals for tightening tax breaks associated with private companies is generating several kinds of response on social media and in mainstream media. The most evident is an impressive deluge of evidence-free rhetoric claiming that the proposals are an attack on everything from the middle class to maternity leave for female

Bill Morneau's proposal on federal tax reform has been a

Comment: Death, taxes, and food

Getting taxation right for the agriculture and food sectors will require something other than one-size-fits-all thinking

Up until recently there were two things certain in life: death and taxes. We can now add a third one: Botching the promotion of a tax reform for political gains. Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s tax reform has been a communication disaster. Various claims made about Ottawa’s intentions to revamp our tax system for small corporations

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, seen here at an Ottawa press conference July 18 announcing tax changes, 
has been getting a rough ride over the proposed policy.

Did Bill Morneau just blink?

The finance minister says proposed tax changes will be altered so they don’t discourage incorporated farmers from selling to family members

Farmers’ concerns about the federal government’s proposed controversial tax reforms for private corporations haven’t fallen on deaf ears. Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the reforms will be changed so as not to discourage farmers from saving for retirement, employing family members, or selling their operations to the next generation. Read more: Q & A: Brian Pallister


Brian Pallister.

Q & A: Brian Pallister on the feds’ proposed tax changes

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister took his concerns over the proposed federal tax changes to Ottawa on Oct. 3

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, who ran a financial planning company specializing in farm succession planning, shared his views with Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson on Sept. 28. The following Q & A was edited for length and clarity. Q: What’s your reaction to the federal government’s proposed changes to taxing private corporations? Brian Pallister: This

Farmer in wheat field

Opinion: Proposed tax changes for corporations poorly structured

The current proposals will stifle business and create unfairness

In July the prime minister of Canada and the federal finance minister introduced proposals that, if enacted, will fundamentally change how small business in Canada operates. Since that unveiling of proposals, debate on the merits of each point has been impassioned. Debate has since polarized along ideological dogma. Canadian society must decide where they wish