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Dec 03

Can Tax Policy Reduce Inequality in Canada?

C.D. Howe Institute

Annual Jack Mintz Lecture with Conrad Black, Robin Boadway, and Andrew Coyne

Wealth concentration and income inequality has significantly increased in recent decades, and is leading to conversations about redistributing wealth. Whether it be through income tax reform or implementing a wealth tax, tax policy has the potential to address issues such as equality of opportunity and intergenerational wealth. Join the C.D. Howe Institute’s Annual Jack Mintz Lecture to hear experts discuss tax policy as a tool to reduce inequality in Canada.

The C.D. Howe Institute established the Annual Jack Mintz Lecture in honour of Dr. Jack Mintz’s outstanding achievements in the field of economic and tax policy.

Conrad Black, Founder, National Post

Conrad Black is a financier and author and columnist in a large number of publications in Canada, the US, and the UK, including the National Post, National Review Online (New York), and American Greatness. He is the author of biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard M. Nixon, a strategic history of the United States (Flight of the Eagle), and Rise to Greatness, the History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present. His most recent books are 'Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other' and 'The Canadian Manifesto'. He was the publisher of the London (UK) Telegraph newspapers and Spectator from 1987 to 2004 and controlled many other newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Jerusalem Post, and the National Post, which he founded. He is the active honorary chairman of Conrad Black Capital Corporation and has been a member of the British House of Lords as Lord Black of Crossharbour since 2001, and is a Knight of the Holy See

Robin Boadway, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Queen’s University

After completing secondary school in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Robin Boadway received a degree in engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. From there, he went to Oxford to study economics and then to Queen's where he completed his Ph.D. He taught at Queen's University from 1973 to 2013, with year-long interruptions to take up a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago (1976-77) and to be visiting scholar at the University of Oxford (1980-81) and Universite Catholique de Louvain (1986-87). He was Head of the Department of Economics at Queen's from 1981-86, and President of the Canadian Economics Association in 1996-97. Robin served as Editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics from 1987-93, the German Economic Review from 1999-2002 and the Journal of Public Economics from 2003-2008. His research interests have been in the areas of public sector economics and welfare economics, with special emphasis on tax theory and policy, redistribution, fiscal federalism and cost-benefit analysis. His work includes books entitled Public Sector Economics, Welfare Economics, Canadian Tax Policy, Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Canada, Fiscal Federalism: Principles and Practice of Multiorder Governance and From Optimal Tax Theory to Tax Policy, as well as articles in academic journals. Boadway has been involved in research studies for the John Deutsch Institute, the Economic Council of Canada, the World Bank, the IMF, the OECD, the Financial and Fiscal Commission in South Africa, the Canadian Tax Foundation and for Royal Commissions on the Economic Union, on Passenger Transportation and on Aboriginal Peoples, and various Canadian government departments. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1986 and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008, and was the Distinguished CES Fellow at the University of Munich in 2009. He is a Past President of the International Institute of Public Finance.  Andrew Coyne, Columnist, The Globe and Mail Andrew Coyne is a columnist for The Globe and Mail. Raised in Winnipeg, Mr. Coyne is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics‎. He has worked previously for The National Post, Maclean’s and Southam News, contributing as well to a wide range of other publications in Canada and abroad, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and The Walrus. He is a senior fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and a weekly panelist on CBC’s The National.  


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