Jack Mintz is proposing income tax changes that, apparently, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty supports, but Prime Minister Harper does not.
"The appropriate unit to tax is a family rather than an individual," said Jack Mintz, professor of public policy at the University of Calgary. He is speaking this afternoon in Parliament's West Block, flown in by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.
Picking an Ontario example, Mr. Mintz said a family with one breadwinner, earning $70,000 a year, pays about $4,000 more in federal and provincial income tax than a family where both parents work and each earns $35,000...
Ottawa would forgo about $4-billion in income with this policy change, estimates John Williamson, national director at the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation. But given that Ottawa projects a $10.2-billion surplus this year, it can afford income-splitting, he argued.
"Approximately 20 countries, including Hong Kong and Iceland, have removed the marriage penalty," Mr. Williamson said.