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“Kathleen Wynne’s Moving Company” satirical tour rolls into Queen’s Park

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is concluding a cross-province tour with a satirical moving company, called the “Kathleen Wynne Moving Company,” with a stop at Queen’s Park.

The campaign has featured a 16-foot moving truck emblazoned with the words “Kathleen Wynne’s Moving Company – Helping Businesses and Families Leave Ontario,” which has visited cities across Ontario. The focus of the campaign is how government policies like high electricity costs, cap-and-trade, corporate welfare and rapid changes to labour laws are making Ontario unaffordable.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Monday, October 16, 2017 - Full Story

Trudeau’s Marijuana Bill Allows Children to Possess Ten Joints

The Liberal Party has been salivating for years at the thought of legalizing cannabis and they are on the cusp of passing bill C45 that will proliferate the sale and use of marijuana across the country.  In their cold, callus way they are going to put our children in jeopardy by allowing little ones as young as twelve years old to possess up to five grams of dried marijuana, ten joints.

For the sake of the children C-45 must be stopped.

By Dr. Charles McVety - Monday, October 16, 2017 - Full Story

From Sunny Ways to Midterm Blues? Two years after Trudeau majority, Liberals and CPC in dead heat

October 13, 2017 – Long removed from heady memories of buoyant voters, a bright change in tone, and easy wins with the public, Canadians are approaching the two-year anniversary of the 2015 election with a far less enthusiastic, even jaundiced eye on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government.

By Angus Reid Institute - Saturday, October 14, 2017 - Full Story

Everyone who loves Justin Trudeau should support Jagmeet Singh

On Oct. 1, Jagmeet Singh won the leadership of the third party New Democratic Party on the first ballot. Singh’s election should have Justin Trudeau very very worried. Singh is everything Trudeau loves but can never be.

To begin with, Singh is a Sikh which means he is not white. And as we know Trudeau hates whites. He loathes the white race even though he is a member and he has never made a secret of that fact. The Little Potato especially hates the old stock Canadians; he even said as much. The man who is the highest elected official in this once great country said he prefers immigrants to Canadians who were born in Canada. This is because immigrants choose to come here. Okay, Singh is not an immigrant having been born in the subway-deprived Toronto area of Scarborough. But as we know, perception is reality in politics and Singh looks like an immigrant. Justin never can.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Full Story

Business investment in Canada second-lowest among 17 advanced economies

OTTAWA—Canada lags far behind other developed countries when it comes to business investment, which is critical to grow the economy and increase living standards, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“When businesses invest in the latest technologies and production techniques and expand their operations, it spurs economic growth and raises living standards for workers,” said Philip Cross, former chief economic analyst for Statistics Canada and author of Business Investment in Canada Falls Far Behind Other Industrialized Countries.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Full Story

Six-in-ten say United Conservative Party will be good for Alberta

With the unification of the former Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties culminating Oct. 28 with the election of a new leader of the United Conservative Party (UCP), Premier Rachel Notley will know her challenger for the 2019 election.

Whether it turns out to be Brian Jean, Jason Kenney, or a surprise choice other than those two front-runners, the new leader will find himself on a relatively promising path to the Premier’s office, according to a new Angus Reid Institute analysis of quarterly polling data.

By Angus Reid Institute - Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Full Story

Are you ready for a discount tax?

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)
When will it ever be enough?

As Canadians were sitting down for their turkey dinners over the weekend, news broke that the CRA had issued new guidelines decreeing that employee discounts are now taxable.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Full Story

Added prescription to Canadian mortgage rules unnecessary, could increase costs for homebuyers

TORONTO—Requiring a stress test for Canadians who provide at least a 20 per cent down payment to purchase a home is an unnecessary step that could negatively affect homebuyers across Canada, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Canada’s financial regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI), wants to force homebuyers who do not require mortgage insurance—those who provide 20 per cent or more of the property’s value as a down payment—to qualify for a mortgage two percentage points higher than the agreed upon rate.

By Fraser Institute - Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Full Story

Selective respect for diversity

One of Justin Trudeau’s favorite and oft repeated rhetorical falsities is a so called Liberal respect for diversity and differences of opinion in Parliament. 

He clearly demonstrated just how much he really respects diversity and differences of opinion when his government with the cooperation of the NDP contemptuously ousted Conservative MP Rachel Harder as chair of the status of women committee because of her “pro-life” convictions.

By Guest Column -- Gerald Hall- Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Full Story

Today is not a good day for Canada

Today is not a good day for Canada. It is not a good day for the federation. It is a very bad day for the west.

TransCanada made the decision to cancel Energy East – but make no mistake, the reasons for it fall at the feet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government. They have been, at best, ambivalent about the project and then moved the goalposts at the last moment by asking the regulator to consider the impact of upstream greenhouse gas emissions.

By Guest Column -- Premier Brad Wall, Saskatchewan- Friday, October 6, 2017 - Full Story

Quebec: Major support for Bill 62, far less approval for government’s handling of border issue

With roughly a year to go before the next provincial election, Quebec residents are overwhelmingly supportive of their current government’s efforts to ban the receiving or administering of public services with a covered face, but most disapprove of its response to this summer’s surge in irregular border-crossings.

According to the Angus Reid Institute’s latest analysis of quarterly public opinion polling data, some one-in-five Quebecers say each of these issues will be “one of the most important” when making their decision on who to vote for in 2018.

By Angus Reid Institute - Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Full Story

Taxpayers Federation launches satirical “Kathleen Wynne Moving Company” to highlight exo

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is launching the satirical “Kathleen Wynne Moving Company” to highlight how government policies are making Ontario unaffordable, and forcing businesses and families out of Ontario.

“Whether it’s unaffordable electricity, rapid increases to the cost of labour, or new taxes, Ontario is becoming unaffordable because of the Wynne government’s policies,” said CTF Ontario director, Christine Van Geyn. “So many of our supporters have said that these policies are so bad, Wynne might as well have packed the moving boxes herself. That’s what gave us the idea for this satirical moving company.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - Full Story

Funding and regulation of independent schools varies greatly across the provinces: Only five provide

TORONTO—Only half of Canada’s provinces provide even partial funding for independent schools, which in turn, can lower tuition costs for parents, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Independent schools offer parents greater choice, and often provide religious or alternative teaching pedagogies not available in the public school system, but across Canada there is a wide variety of regulations and funding models for these schools,” said Deani Van Pelt, Fraser Institute senior fellow and co-author of The Funding and Regulation of Independent Schools in Canada.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - Full Story

Federal Politics: Trudeau still seen as best PM, but Conservatives ‘best to form government’

It was a turbulent summer for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government, which has faced criticism for its handling of the surge in irregular border-crossings in Quebec, the decision to pay Omar Khadr more than $10 million to settle his lawsuit against the government, and its proposed changes to small business taxation.

By Angus Reid Institute - Monday, October 2, 2017 - Full Story

Report: Provinces woefully unprepared for aging population

CALGARY, AB: Just in time for National Seniors Day (October 1) the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released a report today that examines how prepared provincial governments are for our nation’s aging population.

“Most provinces haven’t bothered to properly assess how our nation’s aging population will impact their finances,” said Colin Craig, author of the report and Interim Alberta Director for the CTF. “They’re operating like a 63-year-old who has a pile of debt and hasn’t bothered to think about planning for the future. Unless provincial governments start taking the situation seriously, we’re going to see tax hikes.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Colin Craig, Interim Alberta Director- Friday, September 29, 2017 - Full Story

President Barack Obama in Toronto to Raise Millions for Liberal Slush Fund

The former president of the United States, Barack Obama is expected to out-do his June appearance in Montreal as he packed a hall with over 6,000 guests. On Friday, September 29th Obama will speak at lunchtime where he will be raising millions of dollars for Canada 2020, a think-tank closely tied to Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party.  Canada’s big corporations are stepping up to the plate, buying tables and sponsoring the event.  The question is where do these millions go and who benefits?

You would think the Liberal party would have learned its lesson with the Adscam sponsorship scandals that drove them from power last decade, but no.  Here we go again with massive amounts of money going to close friends and an organization so close to the Liberal Party it is hard to determine where one stops and the other starts.

By Dr. Charles McVety - Friday, September 29, 2017 - Full Story

Premier crossed his fingers on tax referendum promise

This column first ran in the Winnipeg Free Press and is now free to reprint.

Perhaps Brian Pallister crossed his fingers when he promised Manitobans the right to vote in a referendum on any major tax increase.

For Premier Pallister and others whose memories may be foggy on that particular election platform plank, here it is: “A new Progressive Conservative government will bring in legislation in the first legislative session restoring Manitobans’ right to vote on any proposed major tax increases.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Full Story

Open Letter to Julie Payette

Dear Governor General:

Welcome to the highest position in our great country as our viceregal representative!

For all Canada’s greatness, however, I implore you to bring leadership and moral suasion to the needs and aspirations of our desperately marginalized and burgeoning underclass, doubling every twenty years. They’re largely but by no means exclusively Indians and Inuit, and not only in remote settlements. Life lacks hope or purpose for children and youth seeing from television the gap widening exponentially between what they have and how our much-vaunted middle class lives.

By Colin Alexander - Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Full Story

Wynne needs to pay attention to Ontario business for NAFTA negotiations to succeed

This article was previously published in the Toronto Sun.

Premier Wynne is undercutting Ontario manufacturers while attempting to promote free trade, and it couldn’t happen at a worse time.

While in Washington DC to promote free trade on September 14, the Premier spoke about Ontario companies that do businesses in the United States, and the benefits these businesses provide to the American and state economies.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Full Story

More than 80 per cent of middle-income families face higher federal income taxes

VANCOUVER—Contrary to rhetoric from Ottawa, the vast majority of middle-class Canadian families are paying higher income taxes due to changes made by the federal government, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

On average, middle-class families will pay $840 more in federal income taxes this year.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Full Story