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Collinwood General & Marine Hospital faced with rising electricity bills

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Collingwood General and Marine Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing, growing from $434,706 in 2012-13 to $599,746 in 2016-17, an increase of 38 per cent.

By Canada Free Press -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Monday, November 13, 2017 - Full Story

MPP Hillier, PC Attorney General Critic, Calls for Break Up of Bill 174 Over Abuse of Process

(QUEENS PARK) Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington), Attorney General Critic for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, is calling out the government’s inclusion of unrelated aspects in its cannabis legislation as an abuse of process and has demanded that they are tabled and voted on separately.

By Randy Hillier - Friday, November 10, 2017 - Full Story

St Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener faces higher electricity bills despite declining consumption

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bill for St Mary’s have faced a steep increase over the last four years.

Electricity bills for the facility have grown from $1,198,734 in 2013 to $1,515,637 in 2016, an increase of over 26 per cent. In the same period, actual consumption of electricity fell at the facility by 114,648 kWh.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Full Story

Why Trudeau’s Playpen Politics is Actually Good for Canada

Why Trudeau’s Playpen Politics is Actually Good for Canada
Post Millenial

If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ever decides to re-write our country’s constitution — the way he is re-writing our national anthem — I’m pretty sure his revamped preamble would read something like this:

“We the People of Canada, in Order to form a more perfect Confederation, do ordain the idea that governing this nation should involve lots of zany fun and hilarity!!!”

By Gerry Nicholls - Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Full Story

More than 60 per cent of lower-income families in Canada now paying higher federal income taxes

More than 60 per cent of lower-income families in Canada now paying higher federal income taxesVANCOUVER—The majority of lower-income families in Canada with children are paying higher income taxes now because of the federal government’s tax changes, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Ottawa has enacted a series of tax changes that have actually raised income taxes on hundreds of thousands of Canadian families in the bottom 20 per cent,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Effect of Federal Income Tax Changes on Canadian Families Who Are in the Bottom 20 Percent of Earners.

By Fraser Institute - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Full Story

Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehab in St Catharines sees electricity costs more than double

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehab have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

Electricity bills for the facility have grown from $296,240 in 2011 to $497,803 in 2016, an increase of over 68 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Full Story

Headwaters Health in Orangeville faced with skyrocketing electricity bills

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bill for Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing every year. Electricity bills have grown from $482,724 in 2012 to $728,139 in 2016, an increase of nearly 51 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - Full Story

Pallister makes a bad carbon tax bet

This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Sun and is now free to reprint.

Premier Brian Pallister is betting his carbon tax, that’s more than twice as high as Ottawa’s initial requirement, will mean the province can get away with paying a lower carbon tax later.

Losing that bet could cost Manitobans millions.

Premier Pallister wants to impose a $25 per tonne carbon tax next year. That translates to a 5 cent per litre tax on gasoline. It’ll cost taxpayers $260 million annually. The premier plans to keep the carbon tax at $25 per tonne for five years.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Monday, November 6, 2017 - Full Story

Guelph General Hospital electricity bills continue to grow

Guelph General Hospital
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bill for the Guelph General Hospital has increased by $378,437 since 2012, or 35 per cent.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing every year, despite the fact that since 2012 the hospital has completed nine energy reduction projects.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Monday, November 6, 2017 - Full Story

With U.S. out, Canadian support for ‘TPP II’ nearly doubles

With U.S. out, Canadian support for 'TPP II' nearly doubles
November 3, 2017 – When President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the days following his inauguration, many thought it would signal the death of, what was at the time, the globe’s largest trade pact.

But as TPP negotiations approach the ten-year mark, the agreement appears to be taking on new life. The remaining 11 nations met in May to revive the deal, and subsequent discussions have the signatories reportedly close to an agreement – without the U.S. Trade ministers from participating nations hope to have a deal in place ahead of their November 10 meeting in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum.

By Angus Reid Institute - Friday, November 3, 2017 - Full Story

William Osler Health in Brampton faced with spiraling electricity bills as patients crowd hallways

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal a dramatic increase to the cost of electricity to William Osler Health System in Brampton over the last five years.

The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show that in the last five years, bills for the health centre’s main campus rose from $3.44 million to $7.76 million. That’s more than a 125 per cent increase. These calculations do not include costs for the new 20 Lynch campus, which opened in 2016.

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

Nearly half of Ontario’s urban areas have fewer jobs now than in 2008

Nearly half of Ontario’s urban areas have fewer jobs now than in 2008
TORONTO—Employment growth in Ontario since the recession has been heavily concentrated in the Greater Toronto and Ottawa areas, while many of the province’s other cities and towns struggle with job loss, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Queen’s Park’s rosy view of Ontario’s post-recession recovery ignores the much more difficult reality in many parts of the province,” said Ben Eisen, director of the Fraser Institute’s Ontario Prosperity Initiative and co-author of Uneven Recovery: Much of Ontario Still Hasn’t Fully Recovered from the 2008 Recession.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Full Story

Canada’s aging population could push government deficits to $143 billion by 2045


VANCOUVER—Canada’s aging population will put significant stress on government spending programs, which will result in large deficits and mounting debt in the future, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The population is getting older, but governments across Canada are doing very little to prepare for the major spending increases and reduced revenues that are coming as a result,” said Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Fraser Institute and co-author of Canada’s Aging Population and Implications for Government Finances.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

The quest for pension reform starts with MLAs

It might be too nerdy to be the next Indiana Jones storyline, but, after years of searching, the long-lost, secret MLA pension annual report has been found. After dusting off the cover here’s what it shows: for every dollar MLAs contribute to their retirement fund taxpayers have to put in $2.79.

And, while the discovery may not quicken the pulse, it all adds up to allow MLAs to stash some serious treasure. When he left the Legislature, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation calculated that former MLA Steve Ashton would qualify for a pension of $86,000 per year for a lifetime total of $2.5 million. MLAs can join the pension plan after one year of service and start collecting guaranteed benefits at age 55.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

Prime Minister Trudeau on pace to lead all PMs in debt accumulation outside world wars or recessions

Prime Minister Trudeau on pace to lead all PMs in debt accumulation outside world wars or recessions

VANCOUVER—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on track to increase per-person federal debt more than any other prime minister who didn’t face a world war or economic recession, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Government debt matters—higher debt means more tax dollars are diverted away from important public programs in order to pay interest, and it leaves future generations on the hook to pay for today’s spending through higher taxes,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of An Analysis of Federal Debt in Canada by Prime Ministers Since Confederation.

By Fraser Institute - Monday, October 23, 2017 - Full Story

ACT For America Honours Valerie Price

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By Canada Free Press - Friday, October 20, 2017 - Full Story

High, increasing electricity prices have cost Ontario more than 74,000 manufacturing jobs since 2008

TORONTO—Ontario’s rising electricity prices—now the highest in Canada—have cost the province an estimated 74,881 manufacturing jobs since the 2008 recession, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank.

“Electricity is a major cost for the manufacturing sector, so it’s not surprising that Ontario’s skyrocketing electricity prices have led to tens of thousands of job losses in the province,” said Ross McKitrick, economics professor at the University of Guelph, Fraser Institute senior fellow and co-author of Rising Electricity Costs and Declining Employment in Ontario’s Manufacturing Sector.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - Full Story

“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