Canada: A New Tax Haven: How the Country That Shaped Caribbean Tax Havens is Becoming One Itself

Category: Book
By (author): Deneault, Alain
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Personal Finance / Investing
Publisher: Talon Books Ltd
Published: July 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.53in x 7.62in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*In Canada: A New Tax Haven , Alain Deneault traces Canada's relationship with Britain's Caribbean colonies back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has predisposed Canada to become a tax haven itself a metamorphosis well under way. Canada was linked to Caribbean nations long before they became tax havens. In the 1950s, an ex-governor of Canada's central bank attempted to establish a low taxation regime in Jamaica. In the 1960s, the transformation of the Bahamas into a tax haven characterized by impenetrable banking secrecy was shaped by a minister of finance who sat on the Royal Bank of Canada's board of directors. A Calgary lawyer and former Conservative Party heavyweight drew up the clauses that transformed the Cayman Islands into an opaque offshore jurisdiction. For years, Canadian politicians have debated annexing tax havens such as the Turks and Caicos Islands, making them part of Canadian territory. Canada has signed a free-trade agreement with Panama and is currently seeking a wider agreement with the countries of the Caribbean political community. And, notably, Canada currently shares its seat at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund with a group of Caribbean tax havens. These exercises in fostering fiscal and banking leniency have predisposed Canada to become one of the most attractive tax havens to foreign interests. Not only does Canada offer one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world, but a number of loopholes encourage companies to relocate to Canada as if it were Barbados or Bermuda. Canada: A New Tax Haven is an attempt to analyze the situation and address its implications for Canadians. Canada: A New Tax Haven is an attempt to analyze the situation and address its implicationsfor Canadians.
Biographical NoteAlain Deneault completed a research doctorate at the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin and the Universit√© de Paris 8, where he received his PhD in philosophy. In 1999, as a member of the Cross-Canada Caravan, which included organizations such as the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Council of Canadians, Deneault visited many Canadian cities before attending the Millennium Round of the World Trade Organization Conference in Seattle, where he spoke about globalization and the World Trade Organization. Deneault's research and writing practices are diverse and often collaborative, focusing on how international financial and legal agreements increasingly foster the interests of "stateless"¬Ě transnational corporations over those of nation states and the interests of their human communities.