Sometimes, a newspaper’s op-ed page actually is a forum for the presentation of new and exciting ideas, or insightful commentary and reflections. Certainly that’s what they’re billed as. Usually, though, they’re just an opportunity for paid shills to spout off without having to be confronted by opponents or misquoted by a reporter. Take, for instance, this Sunday’s anti-corporate income tax screed in the Ottawa Citizen.
The article in question is a demand by Perrin Beatty that Canada lower its corporate income tax rate so that we can grow our way out of the recession. Maybe. But here’s the problem: Beatty is the head of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. His organization is made up of corporate businesses. So this isn’t sober reflection on a public policy issue. This is a corporate shill saying that his patrons want to pay less taxes. Quelle surprise! (more…)Tweet