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CBA Influence | September 2017


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Broadening our influence

The CBA’s Legislation and Law Reform Committee and member volunteers stay busy all year speaking to governments, courts and regulators on your behalf. And we’d like you to know more about it. This monthly newsletter features a compendium of blog posts about recent CBA initiatives, and status reports on proposed federal legislation, regulatory changes and government consultations.

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Submissions


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TAX PROPOSALS FOR PRIVATE CORPORATIONS – WHAT THE CBA IS DOING

The federal government calls its latest proposed income tax measures a step in the direction of #taxfairness, but the CBA – along with dozens of other organizations – is calling them #unfairtaxchanges. Read on to see what we’re doing about it. Read on.

LESS ISN’T NECESSARILY MORE WHEN IT COMES TO BLOOD ALCOHOL LIMIT

How much alcohol in the blood is too much? The jury is still out on that, but experts do tend to agree that a limit of 0.5 mg is not necessarily enough to impair a driver. So proposals to lower the legal blood alcohol limit below 0.8 mg might be aimed at too little of a bad thing. Read on.

CONSULTATION REPORT ON POLITICAL ACTIVITIES RECEIVED CHARITABLY

The Canada Revenue Agency’s report on consultations it held regarding political activities by charitable and non-profit agencies recommends that the issue of what constitutes a political activity be resolved in legislation. And that’s a good thing, says the CBA’s Charities Section. Read on.

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM: ONCE MORE ON IMMIGRATION CONSULTANTS

For the third time this year, the CBA’s Immigration Law Section is making a submission on immigration consultants, this time in response to a report that recommends establishing a federal regulatory body for consultants – something the Section argues won’t fix the problem. Read on.

CBSA PILOT PROJECT NOT THE ANSWER TO BORDER BACKUPS

There are ways to ease the troublesome weekend backlog at the border of foreign nationals who exit the country only to immediately re-enter to satisfy the requirements of a work visa or to confirm landing. A pilot project to allow flagpoling only on certain weekdays isn’t one of them. Read on.

NAFTA’S CUTTING EDGE HAS BLUNTED; IT’S TIME TO REWORK THE DEAL

Renegotiate NAFTA? No problem, say Canadian stakeholders who believe the bloom is off the 23-year-old agreement. They offer up a number of things Canadian negotiators should keep in mind during talks. Read on.

LAW SHOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO THE RIGHT THING

Canada’s voluntary disclosure program for people who’ve made errors on their taxes is generally considered a win-win. But proposed changes to the program remove the carrot from the stick and could encourage people to roll the dice and see what happens if they don’t report mistakes, says a CBA submission. Read on.

PUBLIC POLICY AND ADVOCACY


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LACK OF ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR FEDERAL COURTS ‘UNTENABLE’

The CBA wrote to the Justice Minister in July calling for a mechanism to ensure ongoing funding for the Federal Court, Court Martial Appeal Court, Tax Court and Federal Court of Appeal. Read on for more.

WORKING THE CONVENTION: REGIONAL REPRESENTATION ON THE SCC, PLEASE

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s announcement that she would be retiring at the end of the year renewed the debate over regional representation on the court. The CBA wrote to the Justice Minister asking that she uphold the convention. Read on.

CBA WELCOMES FIRST FEMINIST INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE POLICY

The education of women and girls has long been proven to result in greater economic and political stability. That’s why the federal government’s new feminist international assistance policy is more than a nod to the zeitgeistRead on.

SPEAKING OUT FOR JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE IN POLAND

An independent judiciary is a cornerstone of western democracy and a core tenet of the CBA. So when Poland appeared to be on the brink of taking that independence away earlier this summer, the CBA wrote to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland urging the government to use its influence with the Polish government to turn things around. Read on.

Focus on Parliament


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CBA Focus on Parliament is a regular compendium of federal government bills, draft regulations, selected private members’ bills and other government initiatives.

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