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2016 A Record-Setting Year for Antisemitism in Canada, B’nai Brith Audit Finds

TORONTO – The year 2016 was a record-setting year for antisemitism in Canada, B’nai Brith Canada’s Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents has found. Now in its 35th year, the Audit is the definitive and authoritative resource on antisemitism in Canada, cited regularly by law-enforcement agencies, government bodies, and human rights organizations around the world.

According to the Audit, which tracks and analyzes trends in hatred directed toward members of Canada’s Jewish community, 2016 saw a 26 per cent increase in antisemitic incidents over the previous year, and a six per cent increase over the previous high in 2014.

By B’nai Brith - Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Full Story

Those who think Canada’s Defense Minister will resign are living in the past

In the past few days there have been calls for Harjit Sajjan to resign his cabinet post as the Minister of Defense. While it is certainly possible he might resign if he personally cannot take the heat, or if Justin Trudeau believes it is politically expedient to get rid of him, there is no way he will ever resign as a matter of honour.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, May 4, 2017 - Full Story

Canada’s Bill C-16: Transgenderism and the Loss of Common Sense

Bill C-16 is intended to add the terms “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Canadian Human Rights Act. The Bill also “amends the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate propaganda set out in that Act to any section of the public that is distinguished by gender identity or expression,” leading many to believe it will lead to a severe restriction of open public discourse on this topic once the bill is passed. Forty Conservative members of parliament (MPs) have voted against passing this bill on to the Senate after its second reading in the fall of 2016. At the time of writing, it was at its second reading in the Senate. It would become law if approved by the Senate at its third reading.

The bill has been criticized because it is said to be unnecessary (transsexuals are already protected against discrimination under the current Human Rights Act) and violates the conscience of many Canadians by imposing the government’s views by law. The following four key issues with this bill are submitted for due consideration by our lawgivers and all others.

By Martin Tampier - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

Green Corporate Welfare is Growing

(A version of this column originally appeared in the Financial Post on April 28th, 2017)

Here’s a warning for taxpayers already frustrated with corporate welfare directed to the aerospace and automotive sectors: selected energy companies are also increasingly in receipt of taxpayer cash, and the reasons offered up are often environmental in nature.

Some background: When it comes to energy corporate welfare, economists often argueover what is a subsidy.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Mark Milke- Friday, April 28, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario’s So-Called Balanced Budget Is the Diet That Makes You Fat

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is slamming the Ontario government’s claims to have balanced the budget after nine years of deficits, because the budget will add $12.6 billion in debt by 2019.

“It’s like a diet that makes you fat - it’s a so-called balanced budget that makes the debt get bigger,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The truth is that this isn’t a balanced budget when the debt clock keeps ticking higher.”

The budget also confirmed that Ontario continues to spend over $11 billion per year on debt interest, making interest the province’s fourth largest expense. Interest on debt is expected to grow, exceeding $12 billion next year.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario government adding billions in new debt, despite balanced budget

TORONTO—The Ontario government is adding billions to the provincial debt with its 2017 budget, released today, and has failed to respond adequately to the daunting fiscal challenges still facing the province.

“The government may have finally presented a balanced operating budget after nine consecutive deficits, but it still plans to add billions more to the debt and the province’s finances are still in trouble,” said Ben Eisen, director of provincial prosperity studies at the Fraser Institute.

Today’s budget calls for $34 billion in new debt over the next three years.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Full Story

You’re Almost Out of Time to Read the Income Tax Act Before Filing Deadline: CTF

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is reminding Canadians that with only a few days left to the April 30 midnight income tax filing deadline, it may already be too late to try and read the federal Income Tax Act. That’s because it’s 3,164 pages long – that’s 1,055,652 words – and would take the average reader more than 58 hours to read (not that many would want to).

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aa- Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Full Story

CTF Releases New Study on the Greening of Corporate Welfare and the Costs to Come

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a new study warning that corporate welfare giveaways are growing and increasingly justified as green initiatives. The study, entitled Corporate Welfare Cash: 21st Century Justifications and Billion-Dollar Bills to Come, looks at trends in corporate welfare since 2000 and shows governments are racking up huge bills as traditional corporate welfare is shifting towards an increasing number of green initiatives.

“Old habits die hard, and the consequences will be very expensive for taxpayers,” said study author Mark Milke. “Rather than concede corporate welfare doesn’t work, governments have instead come up with a new justification for taxpayer subsidies to private businesses.”

A analysis of government subsidies from 2000-2016 found that projects with a ‘green’ or ‘renewable’ focus were the dominant recipients of subsidies from the federal department of Natural Resources Canada (79% of all subsidies) and the provinces of Ontario (96%) and Alberta (67%).

By News on the Net - Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario Blows Budget on Budget Day Security

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) show that the province had 80 security staff working at the 2016 Ontario budget lockups, and security costs totalling $107,381.34.

Budget lockups are closed briefings for journalists and stakeholders to provide early access to budget documents the day they are released. The Frost lock down is another smaller budget review one month before the budget date.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Monday, April 24, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario Home Tax Gives $150 Million to Gov

The new Ontario home tax for offshore buyers will raise about $150 million for the first 2,000 homes sold. That guesstimate will be mostly one bedroom condos selling for $250,000 and another huge percentage of those 2,000 homes selling in the middle half million dollar range.

That’s at a tax rate of 15 percent based on the selling price. For a two bedroom condo selling for $500,000 that rate will give $75,000 to the government of Ontario and Canada.

By Mark Smyth - Friday, April 21, 2017 - Full Story

Kathleen Wynne’s Housing Plan Will Create Slums and Won’t Solve Affordability Issues

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the province to stop plans to impose a new foreign buyers tax and rent control. The Ontario government is planning impose a 15% tax on homes purchased by foreigner buyers and will impose rent controls, while provincial regulations and the real causes of housing shortages that drive up prices.

“When Minister Charles Sousa and Premier Kathleen Wynne talk about the causes of housing unaffordability, they need to look in the mirror,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The biggest problem is a shortage of homes, and that’s because of the government’s vision for a high density Ontario and its desire to use taxes and regulations to squeeze as much money out of sales and development as it can. Those taxes and fees, especially Toronto’s double land transfer tax, have added huge unnecessary costs.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Full Story

Deficit procrastination comes at a price

This column was originally published in the Winnipeg Free Press and is now free to reprint.
Sometimes procrastination pays off. There’s always a chance a bonus at work will come just in time to cover a credit card balance that’s been ignored. But putting off today’s problem usually leaves a bigger problem for tomorrow.

The Manitoba government is procrastinating on the province’s financial problems. It’s ignoring that fact that it’s spending too much and hoping higher revenues will balance the budget. Theoretically, that might work, but procrastination comes at a high price.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay, Prairie Director - Canadian Taxpayers Federation- Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Full Story

$12 Billion in Corporate Welfare but Zero Transparency

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released access-to-information documents showing a troubling lack of transparency and accountability surrounding corporate welfare handed out by the federal government, with virtually no information available regarding the number of jobs created from nearly $12 billion in taxpayer subsidies dispensed since 1967.

“We are constantly told by governments that corporate welfare creates jobs,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “And yet there is often no requirement that the recipients of the taxpayer subsidies report back to government on the number of jobs created as a result of these handouts.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - Full Story

Manitoba needs to cut spending to slay deficit

WINNIPEG, MB: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) responded to the 2017 Manitoba budget by calling on the provincial government to cut spending in order to shrink the deficit faster.

“The deficit is projected to get a little smaller and that’s good, but this is very, very slow progress,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “The problem is that spending is still going up and cost-control is always critical for slaying deficits.”

By News on the Net -- Todd MacKay, Prairie Director - Canadian Taxpayers Federation- Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - Full Story

Poll Proves Manitobans Oppose Carbon Taxes

REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on Premier Brian Pallister to oppose Ottawa’s imposition of a carbon tax in the wake of a new poll showing a majority of Manitobans don’t support the tax. The CTF is also calling on Premier Pallister to reaffirm his commitment to hold a referendum before imposing any major tax, including a carbon tax.

“Manitobans don’t want a carbon tax that costs people money without actually helping the environment,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “Manitobans are sending Premier Pallister a clear message: don’t impose a carbon tax without a referendum.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Friday, April 7, 2017 - Full Story

Trudeau power grab not “modernization”

Remember all those fine sounding phrases like “real change”, “transparency” and “accountability” we heard from Justin Trudeau in his successful campaign to become Prime Minister?  People actually bought into it,  but now that the Liberals are actually governing those wonderful qualities the electorate desire and indeed voted for have vanished like a morning mist as clearly demonstrated by the actual behaviour of this government.

By Guest Column -- Gerald Hall- Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Full Story

Skin Deep: Justin Trudeau’s vision of diversity

“Diversity is our strength,” tweeted Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently, and so say all of us: the politicians, the celebrities, the teachers, the campaigners, the media and even government. Who amongst us then could argue with such an overwhelming body of opinion?

After all, Mr Trudeau and friends are unshakeable in their conviction: Diversity is our strength. Case closed. Or is it?

Slogans are powerful things, short, snappy, persuasive and seemingly incontrovertible in their wisdom. When the novelist George Orwell created 1984, his vision of a dystopian, totalitarian society of the future, slogans of the ruling party were very much in evidence: “Ignorance is strength!” “War is Peace!” “Freedom is slavery!” Wherever they turned, citizens were met with slogans. Bombardment. It worked, too.

By David Sedgwick - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - Full Story

Carbon-tax advisor’s flights generate more emissions than average Winnipeg household

REGINA, SK: Flights taken over a six-month period by David McLaughlin, a Manitoba government contractor working on climate change policies, have produced more greenhouse gas emissions than an entire Winnipeg household, according to documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation through freedom-of-information requests.

“It takes a special kind of hypocrisy to personally run up emissions by flying across the country every few weeks while pushing a carbon tax that will make it more expensive for families put gas in their minivans,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “If the government really wants to reduce emissions, it should hire someone who doesn’t commute to work in a jet.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - Full Story

Sunshine List Shows Big Jump in Bureaucrat Pay

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) calling on the government to get a grip on bureaucrat pay, after todays release of the Sunshine List of government employees earning more than $100,000 has grown by 7 per cent in the last year.

This year’s list, released on March 31, 2017, shows that the number of bureaucrats earning six figures has a record 123,410 government employees on it.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Friday, March 31, 2017 - Full Story