How to Tax a Billionaire

By Doug Smith

How to Tax a Billionaire
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In 1991 an unnamed wealthy family--widely reported to be the Bronfmans--moved $2 billion out of Canada without having to pay the appropriate taxes. When CHO!CES, a Winnipeg-based social justice coalition, decided to take the federal government to court to force it to collect ... Read more


Overview

In 1991 an unnamed wealthy family--widely reported to be the Bronfmans--moved $2 billion out of Canada without having to pay the appropriate taxes. When CHO!CES, a Winnipeg-based social justice coalition, decided to take the federal government to court to force it to collect the tax, an amazing five-year odyssey through the legal and tax system was underway. A wild story of tenacious activists, public interest advocacy, and tax law.

Doug Smith

Doug Smith has written or co-written ten books, including How To Tax a Billionaire: Project Loophole and the Campaign for Tax Fairness, Consulted to Death: How Canada's Workplace Health and Safety System Fails Its Workers, and Joe Zucken: Citizen and Socialist, which won the Manitoba Historical Society's Margaret McWilliams Award. "As Many Liars" was nominated for the 2003 Manitoba Book Awards' Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-fiction.

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A compelling story of how the Mulroney government bent the law to spare a Canadian billionaire family hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes, and how a gutsy citizen movement almost succeeded in making them pay. Provocative and well-told, How to Tax a Billionaire raises some powerful questions about the nature of Canadian democracy. - Linda McQuaig, author of Shooting the Hippo and Behind Closed Doors

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