Although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured here, is viewed as a champion of gender equality, some Conservative MPs and small business owners have criticized the proposed tax changes as especially hard for women. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Beverly Johnson, national president of the Federation of Medical Women in Canada, says the tax changes will force some women to have to choose between running a clinic and raising a family, and a Queen's University professor says income splitting can actually work against women.
The Liberals missed an opportunity to address all issues that undermine tax fairness in their summer consultation on income tax reform, after standing still on tax havens and CEO stock option loopholes.
In a Q&A with The Hill Times, Finance Minister Bill Morneau says tax reforms were prompted by a desire to lower the small business tax rate to nine per cent, as promised by the Liberals in the 2015 election campaign.