Green Party of Canada proposes “robot tax”

In the past few days, much has been made on various social media channels about Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s comments about automation and work in Canada. Indeed, May says Canada is a world leader in artificial intelligence but the needs of workers must take precedence. To this end, her party has stated they will bring a “robot tax” if elected to form the next federal government.

“The last thing we need when coping with AI and how to adjust to it is a shrinking tax base because people are replaced with robots and robots aren’t paying taxes. . . That’s how we are getting ahead of this issue.” –Elizabeth May, Vancouver Sun, Sept 30, 2019

Read more on the Green Party “robot tax” at:

CBC: Green party proposes a ‘robot tax’ when companies replace workers with machines

Vancouver Sun: Green party’s Elizabeth May proposes ‘robot tax’ to prepare for future of automation

Global News: Green Party promises ‘robot tax’ on companies that replace workers with machines

Canadian HR Reporter: Nothing is certain – especially robot taxes — Green Party’s proposal raises more questions than answers

Toronto Star: Green party proposes a ‘robot tax’ when companies replace workers with machines

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