The Telegraphed Gazette. 6 March 2014

Good day folks and welcome to the Telegraphed Gazette for the 6th of March 2014: in the headlines today, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois states that she will not be participating in the English-language debate, and the Canada Revenue Agency is looking to collect some tax dollars from extra payments such as tips and side jobs.

Premier Marois in Drummondville today stated that she will not be participating in the English-language debate. This comes as the premier has called for the election to take place on the 7th of April 2014. According to the article published on the CBC’s news site, Marois expressed that it would be redundant for her to participate in the English-language debate, citing that she is fully capable of speaking English, and that it would be redundant for her to explain her point of view because it would make her feel uncomfortable, and it will not serve the Anglo Quebecers. The leaders of the province’s other 3 major parties have noted that they are open to the idea of an English-language debate to take place sometime in the near future.

Marois

Right well this is pretty much self-explanatory; Marois wants to appeal to the majority Francophone community in the province of Quebec, and as such she has little interest in winning over the hearts and minds of the Anglophones, or Allophones who reside in the province. Failing to win a majority government the last election, Marois seeks to gather the “will of the majority” – if I be allowed the phrase – so that she may pursue her party’s main goal: independence. Though the thought of a separate Quebec may be hypothetical to some, note that in the past one to two years, Marois has hosted various conferences and campaigns – using federal government money – to promote Quebec sovereignty. Whether or not Marois reverses her decision is entirely up to her, but if the PQ knows what is best for them they will attempt to win the support of all. The link to the story is located below this paragraph.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-votes-2014/pauline-marois-won-t-participate-in-english-debate-1.2562393

 

The Canada Revenue Agency wants waiters/waitresses, as well as freelance graphic designers and similar positions to report their extra income. The article published by the CBC states that the CRA wishes to aim at middle-income earners and tax their unreported income on things such as tips, side jobs, and sales on websites like Craigslist. The CRA estimates that the underground economy in Canada is worth $35 billion from a 2008 estimate, and states that unreported income is still tax evasion. The article also notes that due to the struggling economy people often take on sporadic work, as well as mentioning that young people tend to aim for loosely structured jobs such as “freelance graphic designer, artisanal baker, etc” (CBC, 2014). With the economy as it is, the lure of non-traceable income is everywhere.

Right well this one is a bit of a tough nut to crack because on one side they are not entirely wrong and out of place to ask for people to report all of their income; after all a country functions only when every piece works together. However on the flip side, non-traceable income such as tips, or painting services hosted online do help supplement income for those looking to just get by. The problem here is that a lot of servers at restaurants are paid below minimum wage because the province(s) they work in state in their legislation that it is perfectly legal to pay a worker one to two dollars below minimum wage because they are expected to make that up in tips – this is particularly the case in British Columbia where waiting tables can earn you about $8.50 an hour depending on whether the employer is willing to pay you up to minimum wage or not. The sad truth with this is while it is well within the right of the CRA to tax all sources of income so that services such as health care and municipal sanitation are given the resources needed to function, people – especially young people – will look to keep as much of their tips as possible because they earn so little to begin with. Yet there are low-income subsidization programs in place where a low-income earner can receive some financial support from the government – that is if they report their taxes. Whether or not the individual sees this program as a benefit or a disadvantage is entirely up to them. The link to this article is located below this paragraph.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/taxes/tax-agency-targeting-middle-income-tax-cheats-1.2499725

This concludes the Telegraphed Gazette for the 6th of March 2014. Thank you all for reading, and I will see you next time.

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