Saskatchewan and Manitoba Among Least Competitive Provinces in Canada

New paper by Jack Mintz ranks the ability of Canadian provinces to attract business

CALGARY, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - Today, Prof. Jack Mintz, Director of the School of Public Policy, released a paper that analyzes the tax regimes of the federal and provincial governments, and determines their relative ability to attract business and investment. 

Mintz calls New Brunswick, Alberta and B.C. the most competitive provinces in Canada, and singles out Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as the least competitive.  "Saskatchewan and Manitoba have been timid about corporate tax reform - and that is coming home to roost in terms of a high cost of doing business in those provinces. By 2013, unless action is taken now, both provinces will be even less competitive than Prince Edward Island, currently the least competitive province in Canada. The solutions are obvious - harmonize the GST into an HST, reduce the general tax rate for all business and end targeted tax breaks - those hurt productivity," said Mintz today. 

Mintz has frank advice for the federal government. Corporate tax cuts must continue as planned to keep Canada competitive. In his words, "Governments around the world are waking up to the reality of global competitiveness. To create jobs and attract investment, corporate taxes must be kept in check. Further, Canada needs to work to make sure its tax burden is neutral, otherwise we're sapping productivity." 

Mintz worries about the call from federal opposition parties to revoke corporate tax cuts. "Canada is in the middle of the pack globally," he said. "We're just beginning to stake our claim as a country that is good for business. To revoke Canada's planned corporate tax cuts would reverse that trend, and cost jobs, business growth and competitiveness. Calling for an increase in corporate taxation is irresponsible policy as far as the overall economy is concerned."

A copy of the paper is available at under the "recent papers" section.

SOURCE University of Calgary - School of Public Policy

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