CP reporter omits mentioning Mowat Centre loaded with Liberals like Trudeau’s puppet-master Gerald Butts


Canadian Press’ Stephanie Levitz ran a story today titled “Income splitting hurts province too: report”  based on a report from the Mowat Centre:

A Conservative plan to allow Canadians to use income splitting as a tax-saving measure will be just one more example of the federal government financing its policies partly through provincial coffers, a new study says.

The Mowat Centre report says if the federal government goes ahead with its plan to introduce income splitting, the provinces would have no choice but to follow suit thanks to existing tax agreements.

And that would cost provincial coffers around $1.7 billion a year at a time when everyone is strapped for cash. (see here)

Problem is, Levitz didn’t let her readers in on who is involved with the Mowat Centre.

1) Author of this report, Sunil Johal:

Sunil comes to the Mowat Centre after holding a variety of senior policy positions within the Ontario Public Service.

Most recently, Sunil was a Director with Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, where he played an instrumental role in leading the government’s efforts to modernize its regulatory environment and forge a more productive relationship with the business community. Prior to that, he spent two years as a Senior Policy Advisor with Cabinet Office, where he provided strategic advice on a range of education and social policy issues to the Premier and Cabinet. Sunil has also held senior management and policy roles in the Ontario Public Service at the Ministries of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs. (see here)

2) Trudeau adviser Emmett McFarlane:


Mowat’s Editorial Board (see here)

3) Ex-Liberal MP Navdeep Bains:


Advisory Board Member (see here)

4) Trudeau’s top adviser Gerald Butts:


Advisory Board Member (see here)

I’ve asked Levitz if she was unaware of all these Liberal ties and will get back to you if she responds.

Update: I have now filed a complaint with CP

Update: CP has now changed the story:

Dear Mr. Skoreyko:

Thanks for your email today regarding the story about the Mowat Centre report on income splitting, “Income splitting hurts provinces too: report,” by Stephanie Levitz.

You are correct in your observation about the composition of the centre’s advisory board, and also correct in noting that the involvement of prominent Liberals such as Gerald Butts should have been included in the early versions of the story. There was an effort made to determine and reflect the centre’s position on the political spectrum, but we clearly did not delve deeply enough to properly ensure a balanced report.

We have updated the story to reflect today’s developments and have included in that version a reference to the composition of the board, in particular Mr. Butts.

Thanks again for your ongoing interest in The Canadian Press.


Ottawa News Editor


12 Responses to “CP reporter omits mentioning Mowat Centre loaded with Liberals like Trudeau’s puppet-master Gerald Butts”

  1. 1957chev Says:

    What a shame. Getting difficult to rob taxpayers. Cancel the ridiculous Greed Energy program, and FIT contracts.

  2. Liz J Says:

    Income splitting helps retired people who live in a province like Ontario afford to pay their high rates and taxes on everything needed to survive and stay in their own homes. Justin will take it away if elected, this is another reason to ensure he never is.

    • Hans Says:

      Income splitting is a fundamental tax measure whose time has come. If the provinces follow suit, that would be a SPLENDID result. Families have a hard enough time as it is; having three levels of government, federal, provincial and municipal, in addition to consumption taxes like the PST & GST, not to mention fuel taxes for one’s vehicle; one would have to admit that the taxpayer is ‘tapped out’.

      It is typical that the LIEberals would oppose a measure that lets Canadian families keep more of their hard earned money. If this measure hurts the Ontario government that would be great as they have managed to waste multibillions on the gas plant closures among other misguided energy boondoggles. Income splitting would be one way of returning the massive theft and corruption that occurred.


      Hans Rupprecht, Commander in Chief

      Frankenstein Battalion
      Knecht Rupprecht Division
      Hans Corps
      1st Saint Nicolaas Army
      Army Group “True North”

  3. andycanuck Says:

    Funny how this is awful but the Liberals directly cutting direct transfer payments to Mike Harris’s Ontario to fight the federal deficit was never a problem with CP reporters. Kind of like how massive cuts to the defence budget and troop numbers and then getting the CF into a shooting war was okay but now not “pulling our weight” in NATO is just awful.

  4. Clary Says:

    There is no excuse for this type of reporting. She needs to be fired immediately. As does the editor involved. What a disgrace..

  5. Alain Says:

    Of course all these neo-marxists are against anything that would not force both parents out of the home and into the work force and their children into day care. Heaven forbid that families be given a choice and that children actually have a stay-at-home parent, be it mother or father. Being a retired senior with a wife who chose to stay home to raise our four children, income-splitting has been the first time in all my working life that we are treated fairly. All my working and married life as a single income family with children we were discriminated against compared to double income couples using day care.

  6. Martin Says:

    CTV news was relaying this story early morning when I checked. My reaction is “They would say that wouldn’t they”. Leave it to Liberals to exhibit a knee jerk reaction to any suggestion of reduced taxes for middle income families. In Ont decent “progressive” citizens want the state to make more, not less of their working income; at least that is what Liberal policies imply. That is what people like Wynne and Butts believe.

  7. Beachdude Says:

    Good job Blue with the complaint but this will not stop the media party quoting this or other “Non Partisan Groups”. However, this is journalism these days or “content” as I hear all the time from that ilk.

  8. Joseph Says:

    Never let a narrative get in the way of the truth.
    Revenue tools desperately needed.

  9. andycanuck Says:

    Congratulations on the (unfortunately) small win, Dean.
    Keep up the good work.

  10. ken Says:

    Good work Dean. The reporter also made a journalistic error by not getting alternate expert opinion to rebut the report or present examples of how provinces do the same, or how previous federal Liberal governments did the same. Norm Spector specifically pointed this out in his twitter stream today.

    For example, many provincial taxes (capital and payroll) and royalties (energy mining and logging) are deductible in calculating federal corporate income tax. When the provinces increase these taxes and royalties – to gain more revenue – federal revenues are reduced. Having worked in a provincial finance ministry, I know many provinces explicitly adopt this strategy and structure their taxes accordingly. When companies complained, we would point out to them how part of the increased provincial taxation was being offset by lower federal taxation. To be consistent, the Mowat Foundation should be critical of the Ontario Liberal Government’s new pension plan that is being introduced unilaterally. Employee and employer contributions will be deductible and will reduce federal personal and corporate income tax revenues.

    Provinces also try to capture federal tax reductions. When Harper lowered the GST – and federal revenues – many provinces increased their provincial sales taxes to increase their own tax revenues, resulting in the taxpayer receiving little benefit.

    Finally, the biggest reduction in provincial revenues occurred when Liberal federal governments unilaterally introduced RRSPs in the early 70s and the national energy policy taxes in the 1980s – both of which were done by Pierre Trudeau!

    I could on and on with many other examples, but I’ve probably bored you enough already. My main point though is that this was very shoddy journalism by the CP in not putting the report into context or getting alternative expert viewpoints.

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