Give and Take
The Citizen-Taxpayer and the Rise of Canadian Democracy
- PUBLISHED: September 2019
- SUBJECT LISTING: Politics, History / Canadian History
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 420 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 11 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780774836739
A book about tax history that’s a real page-turner? Give and Take is full of surprises. A Canadian millionaire who embraced the new federal income tax in 1917. A socialist hero who deplored the burden of big government. Most surprising, twentieth-century taxes have made us richer, in political engagement, and more. Taxes make the power of the state obvious, and Canadians often resisted that power. But this is not simply a tale of tax rebels. Tillotson argues that Canadians also made real contributions to democracy when they taxed wisely and paid willingly.
Authors & Contributors
Shirley Tillotson has taken a leading role in writing of Canada’s new political history. She is the author of The Public at Play and Contributing Citizens and is a member of the Department of History at Dalhousie University.
This colourful and convincing portrait of Canadian tax culture masterfully illustrates how tax policy decisions reflected larger political and social currents of change and the power of taxation to define citizenship and the role of government. Shirley Tillotson has a talent for drawing the key characters and conveying the emotions aroused by debates over taxation and government more generally, bringing a delightful humour and wit to the telling of these stories.- Lisa Philipps, professor of taxation law, Osgoode Hall Law School, and coauthor of Canadian Income Tax Law, 5th Edition