Half-day Symposium

A Factual Assessment of the HST

presented by the Canadian Tax Foundation
&  the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
with support of the
Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Plaza Ballroom


Fee:  $25

Register online
Registration form - PDF 

 [Cancellation]


A half-day symposium designed to analyse and discuss the economic and fiscal advantages and disadvantages of the HST.  Economists, tax professionals, and representatives of social policy and business associations will address the economic and policy issues associated with the introduction and implementation of the HST.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
8:30 am Introduction
  • Larry F. Chapman, Executive Director and CEO, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Richard Rees, Chief Executive, Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC
8:40 am - 9:40 am

The economic and tax policy case for replacing a retail sales tax with a value added tax. The role of the harmonized sales tax in Canada’s overall tax strategy.

  • Jonathan Kesselman, Canada Research Chair in Public Finance, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University
  • Jack Mintz, Palmer Chair in Public Policy, Palmer School of Public Policy University of Calgary

 

9:40 am - 10:05 am

Disadvantages of value added taxes – Addressing the Disadvantages.

  • Iglika Ivanova, Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
10:05 am - 10:15 am Questions
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Implementation issues – impact of implementation and politics on acceptance.  Why was there resistance in BC and acceptance in Ontario? Lessons to be learned?

  • Jack Mintz, Palmer Chair in Public Policy, Palmer School of Public Policy University of Calgary 
  • Rosemary Anderson, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Going Back - Is it possible/practical to replace an HST with a RST?  Economic costs, government revenue and services impacts, implications for citizens and the BC economy.
  • Kevin Milligan, Department of Economics, University of British Columbia
  • Peter Leitch, President, North Shore Studios, and Chair, Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia
  • David Robertson, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Moderator : Bruce Flexman, FCA, President, International Financial Centre British Columbia
  • Jonathan Kesselman, Canada Research Chair in Public Finance, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University
  • Iglika Ivanova, Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Jack Mintz, Palmer Chair in Public Policy, Palmer School of Public Policy University of Calgary
  • Kevin Milligan, Department of Economics, University of British Columbia
  • Peter Leitch, President, North Shore Studios, and Chair, Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia
  • David Robertson, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

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Cancellation

If the originally registered individual is unable to attend the conference, registration may be transferred to another individual. The name of the substituted delegate can be submitted to the Conference Department up to three business days prior to the start of the conference. After that, the substituted delegate will be accepted when the conference registration desk opens at the conference site. If substitution is not an option, written notice of cancellation will be accepted until Tuesday, March 8, 2011. We regret that we cannot issue refunds for notices of cancellation received after this deadline.