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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

Whatever happened to ...Omar Khadr?

Remember Omar Khadr? The little Terror Tyke. A proud member of Canada’s First Family of Terrorism, Khadr was in Afghanistan in 2002 working in the family business of jihad when he killed U.S. Army medic Christopher Speer and wounded Sgt Layne Morris, blinding him in one eye. The darling of the left ended up in Guantanamo Bay and pleaded guilty to terrorism charges before an American tribunal.

Khadr sued the Canadian government demanding he be repatriated back to Canada. In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Khadr’s rights had been violated under the Charter because he was subjected to such things as sleep deprivation and Canadian officials who interviewed him in Guantanamo Bay were partly responsible for this breach. Although Canada’s top court found his Charter rights were breached, the justices refused to force the government to repatriate him. Although Khadr was entitled to a remedy the top court was silent on what that remedy should be. After this decision, the Harper government did arrange for the little terrorist to be brought back to Canada.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

CTF study: Who pays Canada’s income tax bill?

OTTAWA, ON: In the midst of the debate over the federal government’s proposed tax changes, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a new study, Who Pays Income Tax? Based on the most recent CRA filing data available (2014), here are the facts about who pays income tax and in what proportions:

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Poll: Over 40 percent of Canadians think science is “a matter of opinion”

A poll was conducted last month by Leger on behalf of the Ontario Science Centre. Respondents were asked whether scientific findings were matters of fact or of opinion. Of those polled, 43 percent of those asked answered scientific findings were a matter of opinion. (Global News, Sept. 18)

Respondents were asked to describe themselves; whether they based their beliefs on intuition (or gut feelings) or whether they were analytical. Those who said they were analytical were more likely to say scientific findings were based upon objective facts.

By Arthur Weinreb - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Full Story

Canada one of highest spenders among universal health-care countries, but ranks near bottom on numbe

VANCOUVER—Despite spending more on health care than almost every other comparable country with universal health care, Canada ranks near the bottom in the number of physicians and acute care beds—and suffers from the longest wait times, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Canadians pay a lot for their universal health-care system, but compared to other countries with universal health care, our system performs poorly on a number of key measures,” said Bacchus Barua, associate director of health policy studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2017.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Full Story

Asylum seekers pour into Canada from the US

Thousands of Haitian immigrants are fleeing from the United States to Canada, fearing deportation back to Haiti as their future uncertain under the Trump administration.

Approximately 58,000 Haitian with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) reside in the United States. TPS was enacted after a massive earthquake struck their country in 2010 and allows TPS recipients to legally work and live in the United States without fear of deportation.—More…

By News on the Net -- Circa- Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Full Story

Stagnant Ontario Wages Should Come As No Shock To Kathleen Wynne

This article was previously published in the Huffington Post.

In news that shocked no one in Ontario, it turns out we’re not doing as well as the rest of Canada.

New data from the 2016 census revealed that Canadian incomes have jumped, but that Ontario has bucked the trend with slow growth, more low income households, and a manufacturing decline.

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

Farmers are already cutting emissions - why punish them with carbon taxes?

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)

Saskatchewan farmer Levi Wood and Agriculture Canada bureaucrats agree on two things: 1) Canadian farmers are producing more food while reducing emissions; and, 2) hitting farmers with a carbon tax won’t reduce emissions faster.

“The agricultural sector is producing more without increasing its GHG emissions,” wrote the Ottawa bureaucrats in an internal memo entitled Potential Impacts of Carbon Pricing on the Primary Agricultural Sector. The memo came to light through access-to-information requests filed by investigative journalists at Blacklock’s Reporter and goes on to say the federal government’s proposed carbon tax would be unlikely to incent change because it’s “too low.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Todd MacKay, Prairie Director and Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Full Story

THE LAW IS NOT MEANT TO PREVENT ACCOUNTABILITY

(QUEENS PARK) - Randy Hillier (MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington) is facing an allegation of workplace harassment initiated by the Council of the township of Tay Valley.

The allegation asserts that by bringing the concerns and complaints he’s received from his constituents to the attention of municipally elected representatives, he had violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Further, the allegation also asserts that his opinions on the proper application, interpretation, and enforcement of provincial laws were unwelcome by the complainants, and therefore constituted “workplace harassment.”

By Randy Hillier - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario’s $15 minimum wage threatens jobs for young people and low-skilled workers province-wi

TORONTO—Raising Ontario’s minimum wage to $15 an hour—a staggering 32 per cent increase over the current minimum wage—will lead to job losses across the province for Ontario’s young and low-skilled workers, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Economic conditions are not the same across Ontario, so the negative effects of a $15 minimum wage—namely job losses for young and low-skilled workers—will be more severe in some areas of the province,” explained Ben Eisen, director of the Fraser Institute’s Ontario Prosperity Initiative and co-author of Ontario Enters Uncharted Waters with a $15 Minimum Wage.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

CTF to Morneau: back off your small business tax hikes

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s (CTF) took to the sky over Ottawa today to express its opposition to the contentious small business tax changes being proposed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The banner towed behind a small plane read: “No Small Biz Tax Hike”

Supporters of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) from coast-to-coast sent in donations over the past two weeks to hire a plane to fly the banner, underscoring taxpayers’ outrage with the proposed tax changes impacting Canadian farms, professionals and small businesses.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

Taxpayers give hard no to healthcare tax proposal

REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is demanding the Manitoba government reject proposals for a healthcare premium tax.

“It’s absolutely shocking that the Manitoba government is even considering a massive new tax under the guise of a healthcare premium,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “Between a proposed carbon tax and a new so-called healthcare tax, Manitoba taxpayers’ wallets could take a real beating from this government.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Thursday, September 14, 2017 - Full Story

Judge inundated with 100s of letters of support, decides against further jail time for Mary Wagner

Toronto – On Tuesday September 12, 2017, after receiving more than 850 character references in support of Mary Wagner, Justice Rick Libman of the Ontario Court of Justice decided for no further jail time for the pro-life prisoner of conscience, despite the Crown’s appeal for up to 18 months behind bars.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Full Story

Foreign Direct Investment in Canada: Who’s favoured, who’s frowned upon?

As Canada continues to look for ways to deepen its economic ties with the world’s second-largest economy, a new public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds most Canadians feeling either ambivalent or skeptical about Chinese investment in this country, and most would prefer to discourage it in all but a few sectors of the economy – namely manufacturing, technology, and retail.

That said, Canadians are more receptive to Chinese money entering their nation’s economy than they are to investment from Russia or the United Arab Emirates.

By Angus Reid Institute - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Full Story

Canadian govt. launches immigration outreach program…to tell illegals in US not to come to Canada

“Canada is better than the U.S. Their population is kinder, they enjoy gun control, their healthcare is better, and their immigration policy is open, warm, and welcoming. They’re not a bunch of racists like the savages to the south.”  That’s the perception American progressives love to push, and the Canadian left likes to play along.  Never mind the fact that achieving Canadian citizenship is far tougher than it is in the United States. They’ve decided to welcome the world to their doorstep because they’re just so gosh-darn loving.

The mouth-breathers in the U.S. are stuck in the past, the great white north is a bastion of enlightenment.  ...At least it was, until they were hit with their own flood of illegals.

By Robert Laurie - Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Full Story

Once-powerful Ontario now a fiscal laggard in Canada; per-person government debt set to eclipse Queb

TORONTO—once a Canadian leader in fiscal management—has become the poster child for financial mismanagement along with Alberta, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“At the turn of the century, Ontario could boast as having a relatively strong fiscal record while Quebec fell behind in terms of provincial financial management, but times have changed—Quebec is now showing encouraging signs of turning its troubles around, and Ontario is still in decline,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Canada’s Past Fiscal Leaders Are Now Fiscal Laggards: An Analysis of 2017 Provincial Budgets.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Full Story

Niverville MRI proposal illuminates critics’ lack of logic

This column first ran in the Winnipeg Sun and is now free to be reprinted.

Folks in Niverville have an idea. For years, people have been driving past the small town to get private MRIs just south of the border. What if people could purchase an MRI in Niverville?

The Town of Niverville is exploring a partnership to open a private clinic where people can purchase MRIs. Some might imagine a world where Manitobans would have a shorter drive to get MRIs and medical technicians could get jobs in Niverville. Others imagine a much different world.

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

The Trudeau Liberals have a transparency problem

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)

When news broke recently that Rana Sarkar had been appointed as Canada’s consul-general to San Francisco at a salary somewhere north of $220,000—well above the official pay range which tops out at $140,000—the Prime Minister’s principal adviser, Gerald Butts, took to Twitter to defend his friend, noting that Sarkar was a highly qualified candidate and was, in fact, taking a pay cut to help serve his country.

Set aside for the moment the fact that Sarkar happens to be a well-connected Liberal. Set aside too the fact that by twice seeking to become an elected Member of Parliament at a salary of about $170,000, Sarkar implicitly seemed prepared to work for that amount.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Friday, September 1, 2017 - Full Story

Half of Canadians say their country is ‘too generous’ toward illegal border crossers

September 1, 2017—In the wake of a new wave of asylum seekers crossing the border in search of permanent residency, more than half of Canadians say this country is being “too generous” towards those coming in through irregular channels.

Since July 1, more than 7,000 people have walked across the border into Quebec to make asylum claims.

By Angus Reid Institute - Friday, September 1, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario’s labour market ranks among worst in North America; trails Michigan in job-creation

TORONTO—Ontario’s job-creation and labour market performance ranks poorly when compared to other Canadian provinces and U.S. states, and it trails far behind other manufacturing jurisdictions including Michigan, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“By almost every measure, Ontario’s labour market is at the back of the pack in North America,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Measuring Labour Markets in Canada and the United States, 2017.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story