Paying the bills or not? Affordability is key issue in federal election campaign


York University experts available to discuss top election issues

TORONTO, October 10, 2019 – Money worries and economic pessimism are on the minds of Canadian voters who have made this a dominant theme of the federal election campaign.

York University experts are available to discuss the election campaign’s key issue of affordability and economic insecurity, which includes a range of topics from unemployment, affordable housing and the labour market, to tax cuts, job creation and skills training.

Election and taxes:

Fuyuki Kurasawa is an associate professor and York Research Chair in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies’ Department of Sociology, where he is director of the Global Digital Citizenship Lab. He can comment on the role of social media and the existence of online disinformation during the federal election campaign, the impact of Toronto and Ontario on the results of the federal election, races in downtown Toronto ridings, as well as parties’ strategies to appeal to voters in Toronto, Ontario, and Québec.

Joanne Magee is an associate professor of income tax law in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Magee can comment on the tax changes promised by political parties during the campaign, as well as tax law and tax policy for individuals and small business.

Amin Mawani is an associate professor of taxation at the Schulich School of Business. Mawani can comment on taxation and economic growth, the impact tax policy has on high- and low-income Canadians, as well as all aspects of personal and corporate tax policy, including tax credits, tax rate cuts and tax revenues.

Affordability and the labour market:

Thomas Klassen is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Klassen’s research focuses on Canadian labour market policy and income security. He can comment on affordable housing, Canadian employment, federal-provincial relations, labour market shortages in the skilled trades, job creation, job training, unemployment, immigration, international students, retirement and pensions.

Giuseppina D’Agostino is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School who co-chairs York University’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Society Task Force. D’Agostino is the founder and director of IP Osgoode. She can comment on the importance of startups and scaleups in the Canadian economy, Intellectual Property (IP) and commercialization, skills training with the evolving nature of the labour market due to the effects of AI and regulatory hurdles confronting big data collection.

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