Issue 4 Foreword

This Foreword is written by Kroeger Policy Review's Editor-in-Chief, Brian Huynh. This piece is part of Kroeger Policy Review's fourth issue on taxation and the Canadian economy. The full issue is available here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has loomed large in every policy decision of the past thirteen months, especially economic policy. How does the government best support Canadians? How are Canadians hurting economically? But as we eagerly await the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers are turning their attention to the future of economic policy in a post-pandemic recovery and beyond.

In KPR’s fourth issue on taxation and the Canadian economy, our staff consider both the present and the future of Canada’s tax system and economy.

In the present, Anson Shen evaluates the efficacy of the Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit, Benjamin Beiles identifies the internal trade barriers which pose important repercussions for the Canadian economy, Maggie Smith examines Canada’s supply management system and Alexander Stoney looks into the impacts of COVID-19 on Inuit communities.

Looking towards the future, Pablo Mhanna-Sandoval explores the viability of a meat tax to combat climate change and change Canadian eating habits, Jami McElrea and Anson Shen examine the possibility of a Universal Basic Income, and Kevin Hua identifies the benefits of free tax-filing in Canada.

We hope this issue allows you to better understand the big policy ideas that are jockeying for attention in a post-pandemic Canada.

I want to thank all of the writers and editors on this issue, they’ve produced a fulsome portrayal of the thoughts currently surrounding Canadian economic policy. I want to thank our Managing Editor (Issues & Publishing), Lauren McCoy and our Associate Managing Editor (Information), Alexander Stoney who assisted in the publishing of this issue.

Kroeger Policy Review would like to thank Dr. Trevor Tombe, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Calgary, Catherine Waters, Senior Practice Lead at the Institute on Governance, and Julien Tremblay-Gravel for speaking.

I want to thank the Arthur Kroeger College, the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management program and the Bachelor of Global and International Affairs program for their continued support of the Kroeger Policy Review.

I hope you find this issue informative and empowering.