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  1. The Canadian public sector isn’t healthy. We have deteriorating physical infrastructure like bridges that need re-engineering. And, our social infrastructure is also crumbling. Canada suffers from increasing economic inequality, rising socio-economic segregation of neighbourhoods, and resultant social instability. Canada spends the least of all OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries on early childhood programs and we are the only wealthy country which lacks a National Housing Program.
  2. Most of the wounds to the public sector are self-inflicted — government revenues dropped by 5.8% of GDP from 2000 to 2010 due to tax cuts by the federal and secondarily the provincial governments. This is the equivalent of approximately $100 Billion in foregone revenue. The total of the deficits of the federal and provincial governments for this year is likely to be around $50 Billion.
  3. The foregone revenue has overwhelmingly gone in the form of tax cuts to the richest 10% of Canadians and especially to the richest 1% of Canadians. The other 90% of Canadians have not reaped the tax cuts and face stagnating or lower standards of living. This massive redistribution of income has been facilitated by cuts in personal and corporate income taxation rates. Canada had very rapid growth in the 1960s when the top marginal tax rate was 80% for those who made more than $400,000, over $2,500,000 in today’s dollars. Today the richest Ontarians pay only 46% on their income above $132,000.
  4. We are pleased that so far most of the health care system has been spared the cuts made to other sectors. But we see the impact of these cuts in our patients who lack the community services, housing, and income to be full participants in Canadian society.
  5. If the times are really so tough that we must choose between such horrors as axing homeless shelters or school feeding programs then we (the undersigned) believe that we must ask those who are doing better to give more back.
  6. We recommend that the federal and Ontario governments institute new income tax brackets of 1% for the top 10% (approx. $100,000 taxable income), 2% for the top 1% (approx. $170,000 taxable income), 3% for the top 0.1% (approx. $640,000 taxable income), and 6% for the top 0.01% (approx. $1,850,000 taxable income).
  7. The province and the federal governments should immediately request their finance committees investigate other options for fair revenue generation and bring forth proposals in time for their 2013 budgets
  8. We recommend that the federal and Ontario governments take whatever other action is necessary to protect the most vulnerable Canadians as our country slowly recovers from the 2008/2009 recession.
  9. When a family faces a loss of income it doesn’t resolve the crisis by denying food to one its members. A functional loving family makes the existing food go further. Our country should similarly find ways to best use our existing resources so no Canadian will be deprived of their health and security.

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