University of Calgary

The GST at 20 and the future of consumption taxes in Alberta and the US

Submitted by tdroden on Tue, 2011-11-01 16:21.

Nov. 1, 2011

The School of Public Policy is pleased to invite media to a dinner and panel discussion on the effectiveness of consumption taxes. Despite the fact that most economists consider consumption taxes to be highly effective and fair, they are politically charged.

A panel will discuss the pros and cons of taxes like the GST and HST, and the difficult politics involved in implementing these taxes. Also, there will be discussion on whether Alberta should consider a provincial sales tax.

Chaired by Prof. Jack Mintz, the panel will be addressing an audience of Calgary's business and political leaders, and will include Janet Ecker, Former Finance Minister of Ontario, Gordon Gibson, Former Leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party and Janice MacKinnon, Former Finance Minister of Saskatchewan.

Where: Westin Hotel Ballroom, 320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta
When: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - Dinner and panel at 7:20 p.m. mountain time

Media who are not able to attend can call to schedule interviews with Prof. Mintz or the panellists.

Media contact:
Morten Paulsen
403-399-3377
morten@paulsengroup.ca