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Senate Puts Self-Interest Ahead of Public Interest
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Friday, July 3, 2015
(This commentary ran in the Toronto Sun on Friday, July 3, 2015)
Imagine there was a rule in our justice system where a convicted criminal could avoid a jail term by simply refusing to show up at prison. This would no doubt strike most people as a ridiculous loophole.
TransLink Tax Defeated!
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Thursday, July 2, 2015
VANCOUVER, B.C.: Cash-strapped Lower Mainland taxpayers wanting accountability and better management at TransLink are the real winners in today’s historic defeat of the TransLink sales tax, says the No TransLink Tax campaign and Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF).
Bill C-377: Landmark union disclosure legislation passed by Senate
By News on the Net Thursday, July 2, 2015
The National Citizens Coalition is pleased to announce that Bill C-377 has been voted on and passed by the Senate.
CTF Slams Senate Backscratching on Pensions Bill
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The Senate rose today without a vote on bill C-518
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today condemned the Senate for shutting down before voting on Bill C-518, the Protecting Taxpayers from Convicted Politicians Act which would have stripped the taxpayer-funded pension from parliamentarians convicted of certain crimes like theft and fraud.
Aboriginals Deserve Good Financial Governance
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Monday, June 29, 2015
(This piece first ran in the National Post.)
In the ongoing effort to bring transparency and accountability to Canada’s hundreds of aboriginal governments, the name Wayne Louie should be remembered.
Teachers Unions Will Never Be Satisfied With The Money – Competitive Alternatives are Needed
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Friday, June 26, 2015
(This piece first ran in the Hamilton Spectator on June 25.)
It is becoming a virtual certainty that come the fall, there will be a province wide strike of Ontario public high school teachers. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has filed for conciliation, which means teachers across the province can strike if the union and province fail to reach an agreement.
AutoTrader survey finds road rage worst in New Brunswick, least in Quebec
By Jim Bray Thursday, June 25, 2015
How much does it take to make you want to flip off or shoot the person in the other car? Do you get upset when other drivers text, or change lanes without signalling, or drive with their knees while applying makeup or playing the fiddle?
Growth in government employment outpacing private sector, especially in Ontario
By Fraser Institute Thursday, June 25, 2015
TORONTO— The public sector in Canada (including federal, provincial and local government employees) is growing and reaching proportions not seen since the early 1990s—an era marked by large government deficits and high debt—finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
The study, An Analysis of Public and Private Sector Employment Trends in Canada, notes that, from 2003 to 2013, employment in Canada’s public sector increased by 22.6 per cent, more than double the rate of increase in the private sector (10.7 per cent).
Influx of seasonal labour helps Ontario farms grow
By News on the Net Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Farmers across Ontario are welcoming the return of thousands of seasonal labourers who help the province’s fruit and vegetable industry thrive.
CTF Calls on Senate to Sit Until the Work is Done
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Tuesday, June 23, 2015
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today called on the Senate to continue sitting until they have worked their way through outstanding legislation sent to them by the House of Commons.
Buying lies will come at a high price
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Monday, June 22, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Sun on June 20, 2015
The worst lies always sound so nice. In politics, some of the craftiest examples are: “no problem” and “it’ll be easy.” Here’s the reality, in Manitoba we have a problem and it won’t be easy to fix.
Political labels aside, Alberta Premier Notley should learn lessons from other NDP premiers
By Fraser Institute Monday, June 22, 2015
CALGARY—Faced with a faltering economy and a large budget deficit, Alberta’s recently-elected New Democratic government would be better off emulating the fiscal prudence of Roy Romanow’s NDP government in Saskatchewan — rather than the tax and spend policies implemented by Bob Rae’s NDP in Ontario — concludes a new study published by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan think-tank.
Children’s Aid Society adopts “anti-oppressive practice”
By Guest Column Monday, June 22, 2015
“We are committed to anti-oppressive practice in which we challenge the impacts of power and privilege, eliminate barriers, and are inclusive of the broad range of diversity in our community… This is a place where human rights are respected, and where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer people, and their families, friends and allies are welcomed and supported.” – Durham Children’s Aid Society website.
Ontario Elementary Students and Parents Deserve Report Cards
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Thursday, June 18, 2015
School boards reveal elementary teachers seeking $3.2 billion in monetary demands
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has launched a petition calling on the Ontario government, school boards and teachers’ unions to put student welfare first, and ensure that elementary students receive the report cards they deserve this school year.
Ontario racks up debt while ‘Rust Belt’ states largely balance their books
By Fraser Institute Thursday, June 18, 2015
TORONTO—Despite a faster-growing stronger economy, Ontario has racked up more government debt than the nearby “Rust Belt” states in the U.S., finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
The study, Ontario vs. the U.S. “Rust Belt”: Coping with a Changing Economic World, compares the economic and fiscal performance of Ontario and Quebec with Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois between 1999 and 2013.