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Promised green jobs aren’t sticking around

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

The people of Tillsonburg and Southwestern Ontario are the latest victims of the provincial government’s inconsistent and incoherent public policy on energy.

On Tuesday, Siemens announced the closing of its Tillsonburg wind-turbine plant, which means 340 jobs lost in the town this year, including 206 immediately.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn- Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Full Story

Trudeau government: Respect for human rights of others only voluntary

The Canadian Press has obtained a copy of a draft citizenship guide the Liberals are working on. These guides are used by people studying to pass their citizenship test. The last time the guide was updated was in 2011 under the Harper government. While some of the changes to the guide were expected based upon Trudeau’s criticism of the Tories’ guide, others were totally unexpected.

When former Immigration Minister Jason Kenney released the 2011 guide, the booklet stated “barbaric cultural practices” such as honour killings and female genital mutilation were criminal offences in Canada and not wanted. Trudeau had his knickers, no doubt halal knickers to match his socks, in a knot over the use of the term “barbaric.” The Little Potato obviously found little if anything wrong with immigrants who kill their family members as a matter of honour or who practise female genital mutilation. These acts apparently paled in comparison to Harper’s use of the word “barbaric.”

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, July 24, 2017 - Full Story

Alberta’s Child Advocate Plays the Tattered Residential School Card

The Government of Alberta’s Child Advocate, Del Graff, is all over the news again. Del and his 65 underlings at the Office of Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) recently reported on three Aboriginal children who died shortly after being returned to their parents following time in government care.

Del’s main beef is that the Government isn’t heeding recommendations spelled out in his 2016 report: Voices of Change: Aboriginal Child Welfare in Alberta.

The report is read-worthy. After a brief intro it launches into a denunciation of the long since discontinued residential school system; to wit:

By Guest Column --William Kay- Monday, July 24, 2017 - Full Story

WORDS OF WISDOM TO PENNY

I am writing these words today as if I almost know you, yet I have only had the privilege of meeting you once.  Although we may be a few generations apart and many miles away,  we do share a very unique thread which intertwines between us.

You are now standing where I once stood some 50 years ago.  Much has changed since then but the simple words of truth and wisdom never will.

You are still so very young and yet you have achieved so much in such a relatively short time. This is all quite exciting and satisfying however with this meteoric rise in the public eye comes with an inconvenient cost. I have a sense that despite your brilliant successes you do not wish to be arbitrarily placed on a pedestal.  This was not, I’m sure,  part of your plan.  I can totally relate to this unease at being forced into the limelight especially at your age.

By Guest Column -- Elaine Tanner OC- Monday, July 24, 2017 - Full Story

Tomorrow marks 100th anniversary of introduction of the federal income tax

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) noted that the proposal for a ‘temporary’ War Tax Upon Incomes (which later became the Income Tax Act) was first introduced in the House of Commons by Conservative Finance Minister Sir William Thomas White on July 25, 1917, exactly 100 years ago tomorrow.

“Sir White brought in the income tax to pay for the cost of World War I but unfortunately Canadians have been stuck with it ever since,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “His original 11-page law with a four per cent tax rate has ballooned into today’s 3,100-page behemoth.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, July 24, 2017 - Full Story

Canadian Senior: I’m impecunious and in need of financial aid

Most Honourable Prime Minister and Premiers,

I am 81 years young, retired and live in Kelowna, BC, a caucasian having been born, raised and bred in Alberta to hard-working caucasian parents.  I didn’t think that I would come to this but my income from OAS, CPP and a small RRSP is insufficient for my living.  And there are millions of Canadians in the same position.  I have been working since the age of six at harvest time or picking and packing vegetables in farmers fields.  I’ve worked for the CNR as a call boy and crew dispatcher, in the residential heating business, in the oilfields in Drayton Valley and in the mines in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

By Guest Column -- Alexander S. Romanchuk- Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Full Story

34 per cent of businesses might sell, close or move due to Ontario’s minimum wage hikes

Toronto—After being shut out of today’s committee hearings in Toronto on legislation to increase Ontario’s minimum wage by 32 per cent in only 18 months, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released preliminary results of an on-line survey that spell disaster for Ontario’s economy and job creators.

An astonishing 34 per cent of Ontario’s small- and medium-sized businesses would consider selling, closing or moving their business outside of Ontario as a result of proposed minimum wage increases to $15 and beyond by 2019.

By News on the Net - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

The gang that can’t scoot straight

When it comes to screwing up there’s no one more proficient than the 292 Republican members of Congress. They couldn’t properly handle a case a diarrhea if their lives depended on it.

Think about it; in 2008 the Democrats were handed both houses of Congress and the White House. They then proceeded to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka Obamacare, the single most unconstitutional and draconian piece of legislation ever to come out of the US Government, Chief Justice Roberts notwithstanding.

Ever since, Republicans have vowed to repeal and/or replace this travesty with a plan that makes sense.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario electricity prices fastest growing in Canada; Toronto bills highest nationwide

TORONTO—Ontario electricity prices increased twice as fast as the national average over the past decade, and the average Toronto resident now pays $60 more per month than the average Canadian for electricity, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank.

“Electricity is a necessity, and Ontario’s high prices pose a serious burden for many families who, after paying their hydro bills, have significantly less money to spend on other important priorities,” said Kenneth Green, Fraser Institute senior director of energy and natural resource studies and co-author of Evaluating Electricity Price Growth in Ontario.

The study also finds that electricity prices in Ontario increased 2.5 times faster than Ontario income levels between 2008 and 2015 (the latest year of income data).

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Canadian Values means paying terrorist millions

While this is old news here in Canada, Fox News recently discovered the fact that the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (son of Pierre), gave al Qaeda terrorist Omar Khadr a $10.5 (CAD) Million ‘settlement’ because his Charter rights were violated as a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. Somehow this only makes sense to progressives and members of the Liberal Party of Canada, as the alleged “violations” of “rights” happened in a place over which the Government of Canada had absolutely no control and where Khadr was being held as a hostile foreign combatant who killed an American soldier and blinded another following a firefight in Afghanistan.

Trudeau’s rationale for paying off Khadr was that we are obligated to protect the rights of all Canadians, “even when it’s unpopular.”

By Klaus Rohrich - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Full Story

Concerns about Canada’s $2 trillion in household debt overblown; net worth has increased to $1

VANCOUVER—Canadian household debt has increased significantly since 1990—but so has the value of household assets, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Despite alarmist headlines, concerns about Canadian household debt levels can be overblown. When looking at debt levels it’s important to consider the degree to which Canadians are also using it to increase their net worth,” said Livio Di Matteo, a senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, professor of economics at Lakehead University and author of Household Debt and Government Debt in Canada.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Full Story

The Liberal War On English Canada

A recent payout of $10.5 million dollars to convicted terrorist Omar Khadr represents a watershed moment in the history of political correctness in Canada. As endorsed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mr. Khadr has hit the jackpot and can now settle into a life of luxury upon Canadian soil. Not bad for a terrorist convicted of murder.

While there isn’t a politician past or present who has disgraced our country with the vigour of Justin Trudeau, the road to the loss of our national dignity did not originate with our current prime minister. This we can attribute to the founder of Canada’s collective self- loathing— his father.

Pierre Trudeau is the most misunderstood figure in Canadian history. A maverick political figure from day one, Trudeau Sr. thumbed his nose at western institutions of his day while embracing socialist ideology discovered during his travels as a student in Asia.

By Brad Salzberg - Monday, July 17, 2017 - Full Story

If Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wants to beat Trudeau, he’s going have to get tougher

The $10.5 million payment made by the Trudeau government to terror tyke Omar Khadr handed Andrew Scheer and the CPC party a great issue to defeat the Liberals in the next election. But Scheer is going to have to do better than he is now doing if he hopes to capitalize on the gift he has been given.

Hours before Americans began their July 4th celebrations, news was leaked the government intended to pay the $10.5 million to the most prominent member of Canada’s First Family of Terrorism. Two days later, it was revealed the money had already been paid, no doubt to prevent the funds from being seized by Tabitha Speer and Layne Morris. Speer’s husband Christopher, an American medic was killed when Khadr threw a grenade at him in Afghanistan in 2002. Former Sgt. Layne Morris was blinded in one eye.

By Arthur Weinreb - Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Full Story

CARP Calls for Sustainable Solution for Sears Pensioners

CARP is pleased that Sears Canada will extend its employee benefits and pension payments for an additional two months. However, the advocacy group still has concerns about the pension deficit and how the company will continue to fund payments beyond September 30th.

“This two month extension gives a bit of breathing room but now all parties need to turn their attention to a sustainable solution to protect pensioners,” said Wanda Morris, VP of Advocacy, CARP.

CARP is calling for critical legislative changes to better protect employees.

By News on the Net - Thursday, July 13, 2017 - Full Story

What would Canada’s economy and finances look like without Alberta?

CALGARY—Between 2007 and 2015, Albertans contributed $221.4 billion more revenue to federal coffers than they received in federal transfer payments and services—a much larger net contribution than any other province, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

It’s very clear that over a decade, Alberta disproportionately contributed to the economic success of the country and to federal finances,” said Ben Eisen, director of the Fraser Institute’s Alberta Prosperity Initiative and co-author of A Friend in Need: Recognizing Alberta’s Outsized Contribution to Confederation.

Each year, Albertans send far more tax dollars and other types of revenue to Ottawa than they receive in transfer payments and federal services.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, July 13, 2017 - Full Story

Financial disclosures that inspire dancing

This column first ran in the National Post and is now free to reprint.

It’s a bit odd for a happy dance to breakout after a court ruling about financial reporting, but when Charmaine Stick got the decision from her lawyer, she held hands with her kids and did a little jig.

“This is a victory for all First Nations people out there who’ve been fighting for transparency and accountability,” said Charmaine. “In our culture, you know transparency and accountability is first and foremost, especially when you’re in leadership.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Full Story

Khadr’s Compensation: 71% of Canadians say government made wrong call by settling out of court

July 10, 2017 – The vast majority of Canadians say the federal government made the wrong decision in settling a lawsuit with former child soldier Omar Khadr and instead apologizing and paying him $10.5 million in compensation for his treatment as a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A new survey from the Angus Reid Institute indicates more than seven-in-ten (71%) are of the opinion the Trudeau government should have fought the case and left it to the courts to decide whether Khadr was wrongfully imprisoned.

By News on the Net -- Angus Reid- Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Full Story

Slapping new taxes and regulations on AirBnB won’t cure cities’ housing woes

This column first ran in CBC Opinion and is now free to reprint.

We all know that many cities across Canada are grappling with out-of-control housing prices. In the Greater Toronto Area, young families can’t afford the cost of million-dollar “starter” homes, and young professionals are struggling with monthly rents averaging $1,800. Vancouver has the most expensive housing in the country, and though activity there slowed for a while, the market returned to near-record levels in May.

Enter city politicians who claim they will cure our housing woes with ... new taxes and regulations?

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn- Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Full Story

B’nai Brith Canada Condemns Federal Funding for Anti-Israel Exhibit

LONDON, Ont. – B’nai Brith Canada is strongly condemning an anti-Israel art exhibit on display at Western University’s McIntosh Gallery that received grants from a federal funding agency, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The display, entitled “Choreographies of Resistance,” glorifies the actions of Palestinian protesters, including stone-throwers who promote violence under the guise of resistance. In Israel, a reported fourteen civilians have been murdered by Palestinian stone-throwers, including infants such as Adele Biton and Yehuda Shoham, as well as three Israeli Arabs who were attacked because they were mistaken for Jews.

The creator of the exhibit is Rehab Nazzal, the sister of Palestinian terrorist leader Khaled Nazzal. In 2014, Rehab drew condemnation for a similar display at Ottawa City Hall which glorified Khaled and other Palestinian terrorists. Rehab continues to justify terrorist attacks plotted by her brother, including the 1974 massacre of 22 Israeli schoolchildren, describing him as a “martyr” who fought for “justice.”

By B’nai Brith --Aidan Fishman, Campus Advocacy Coordinator- Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Full Story