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Federal budget: Bank tax could hurt Canada’s competitiveness, CIBC CEO says

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau promised on Wednesday to raise the corporate income tax rate by three percentage rates on earnings over $1 billion for Canada’s big banks and insurance companies, adding that the government would ask them to “do a little bit more” to help Canada on the path to recovery. He said Canada’s banks have “continued to be incredibly successful, including through a pandemic where everyone else had to tighten their belts.” – Aug 25, 2021

CIBC’s chief executive officer says a tax hike targeting major financial institutions expected in today’s federal budget could send the wrong signal to the world about investing in Canada.

The Liberals promised in their 2021 election platform to hike the corporate tax rate for banks and insurers with profits over $1 billion.

The party estimated such a measure _ aimed at companies that saw record profits during the pandemic _ would bring in about $1.2 billion a year.

Read more: Ottawa’s plan to tax big bank profits will flow to consumers: Scotiabank CEO

CEO Victor Dodig says he is an advocate for competitive tax policy, not policy that targets specific industries, and that he is supportive of moves that drive more human capital and foreign direct investment in Canada.

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Dodig also weighed in on the state of the economy, saying it’s too early to be sounding the alarm on a recession after some recent movement in the U.S. bond market sparked concerns about a possible contraction.

The bank is holding its annual meeting of shareholders today.

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Will Trudeau’s promised bank tax hike mean higher fees? – Aug 26, 2021

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