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Stephen Harper’s cuts help Canada buck global post-recession trend toward higher taxes

Had the federal government’s tax take been left at levels of 2006, the year Stephen Harper took power, federal revenue would be more than $30-billion higher today.

Tax cuts were the mainstay of Stephen Harper’s tenure as Canada’s prime minister before his defeat to Justin Trudeau in October, with his Conservative government brushing off the impact of the global recession to curb federal tax revenue to the lowest since before the Second World War as a share of GDP.

Had the federal government’s tax take been left at levels of 2006, the year Harper took power, federal revenue would be more than $30-billion higher today.

Data released by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Thursday show just how much Canada has been bucking a global trend.

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