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Canada campaigns against global bank tax PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 11:40

 

Breitbart.com - Canada will "resist" a bank tax, Industry Minister Tony Clement said Tuesday as ministers fanned out across the world to raise opposition to the proposal for avoiding another financial crisis.

"Canada is, and will remain, opposed to a tax that would penalize financial institutions that remained strong and prosperous while many of the world's banks failed," Clement told a press conference with Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon.

"We will resist the bank tax here at home and we seek to convince other heads of government of the virtue of our position," he said as senior ministers echoed his message in Mumbai, Beijing and Washington.

Attempts to reach international agreement on coordinated bank taxes at last month's G20 and IMF meetings ran aground.

Nations including Canada and Brazil, whose banking sectors emerged largely unscathed from the financial crisis, objected to the plan, favoring higher capital reserve requirements instead.

But it is expected to be revived at the next meeting of G20 leaders in Toronto next month, with Germany's Angela Merkel vowing to press for the proposal supported by many in Europe.

Clement said the bank tax would "encourage risky behavior" if it is used to create a bank bailout fund and "reward bad behavior" of those institutions responsible for the recent financial crisis in the first place.

As well, it would "unduly burden" Canadian banks and put them at a "competitive disadvantage" to other financial institutions.

"This tax would reach into consumers' pockets and punish our financial institutions which have taken precautions to avoid the very turmoil that is afflicting other parts of the globe," Clement lamented.

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