Canadian Taxpayers Federation Statement on Senate Abolition
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Friday, July 24, 2015
REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s moratorium on Senate appointments. The CTF is continuing its call for a national referendum to ask Canadians where they stand on Senate abolition.
CTF Calls on Premier Wynne to Halt Plans for Turning HOV Lanes into Permanent Toll Roads
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Wednesday, July 22, 2015
A Tale of Two Referendums
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Monday, July 20, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Sun on July 10, 2015
Two referendums have shaken their respective provinces – one that never happened and another with a shocking result.
Ontario Can Look to Greece to See the Dangers of an Underground Economy
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Monday, July 20, 2015
This op-ed was published on the Huffington Post on Monday, July 20, 2015.
“If you pay cash, there’s no tax.” It’s the closing refrain at many nail salons, it’s how 56 per cent of Ontario homeowners pay for renovations, and these cash transactions are the fuel of the underground economy, worth $42.4 billion in Canada.
Canadian Taxpayers Federation Calls on Pan Am Games to Disclose Amount Paid to Kanye West for Closin
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Thursday, July 16, 2015
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the Pan Am Games to disclose the cost of the closing ceremonies, including the amount paid to rapper Kanye West for his scheduled performance.
Long waits for health care cost Canadians $1.2 billion
By Fraser Institute Tuesday, July 14, 2015
VANCOUVER—Long waits for surgeries and medical treatments in 2014 cost Canadians $1.2 billion in lost income and productivity, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care notes that each of the 937,345 patients waiting for surgery last year bore an average personal cost of $1,289 (measured by the value of time lost during the work week).
Manitoba will pay more to borrow as credit rating dives
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Friday, July 10, 2015
The situation is clear: the Manitoba government must get spending under control.
REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the Manitoba government to cut spending and get the debt under control in light of today’s announcement from Moody’s, a prominent bond rating agency, that it is downgrading the province’s credit rating.
eHealth Ontario – the Gift that Keeps on Taking
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Once again, Ontario taxpayers will be shelling out tens of millions of dollars for a cancelled contract that sees them getting nothing in return.
Precedents exist for reversing the forced amalgamation of Canadian municipalities
By Fraser Institute Tuesday, July 7, 2015
TORONTO—Municipalities forced to amalgamate by their provincial governments can reverse the process, given the right set of circumstances, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
“Nearly every province in Canada has gone through some form of municipal restructuring over the past three decades,” said Lydia Miljan, Fraser Institute senior fellow and co-author of De-Amalgamation in Canada: Breaking Up is Hard to Do.
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.