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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

Ontario government adding $9 billion in debt next year, despite balanced budget pledge

TORONTO—Ontario’s debt is expected to continue to grow—increasing by approximately $9 billion next year—despite the government’s promise to finally balance its budget this spring, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Even if Queen’s Park balances the budget, it will still add billions to the provincial debt with no end in sight,” said Ben Eisen, director of the Fraser Institute’s Ontario Prosperity Initiative and co-author of Hold the Celebration: A Balanced Budget Won’t End Ontario’s Fiscal Challenges.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Full Story

RCMP REPORT CPIC BACKLOG OF 570,639 FINGERPRINT FILES

In 2012, Blue Line News Week reproduced an article describing the sad state of backlogs in Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). Sun Media reported: “A spokesman for the national police agency told QMI Agency there were 430,000 criminal records waiting to be filed into the Canadian Police Information Centre database, with more piling in every day. The backlog accounts for about 10% of the RCMP’s complete criminal record file of 4.3 million records.”

We wanted to know if there had been any shrinkage in the CPIC backlog for the subsequent years, so we filed an Access to Information Act (ATIP) request with the RCMP in July 2016.  In January 2017, we received the RCMP’s response: “As of August 15, 2016, there was a backlog of 570,639 Fingerprint Services Number (FPS) files to be updated to the National Repository of Criminal Records.” 

By Dennis R. Young & Dr. Gary A. Mauser- Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Full Story

Quebec’s subsidized daycare imposes real costs on taxpayers, limits choice for parents

TORONTO—Quebec’s subsidized daycare program has produced skyrocketing costs along with worrying child development outcomes without eliminating wait times, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The findings are especially important, given the federal government announced in the 2017 budget last week that it wants to create 40,000 subsidized daycare spots across Canada over the next three years.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Full Story

Iqra Khalid succeeds in getting the Camel’s nose of Islamophobia into the tent of Free Speech

Iqra Khalid MP, Mississauga, Erin Mills
3100 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 35
Mississauga, Ontario
L5L 5M5
Telephone: 905-820-8814
Fax: 905-820-4068


Dear Ms. Khalid;

My first two open letters, HERE & HERE, like the legitimate concerns of tens of thousands of Canadians, have fallen on deaf ears and you have succeeded in getting the Camel’s nose of Islamophobia under the tent of Free Speech to start spitting and belching its offensive cud. Your Muslim Brotherhood compatriots must be wild with ‘celebration’ and I wonder now what sheikh’s ransom, time and governmental resources will be spent in committee pandering to your self-identified consistency group which appears to not include Christians since their most significant holidays of Good Friday or Easter Sunday do not appear in your constituency calendar, nor for that matter does Victoria Day. Printing mistakes or deliberate slights?

By J Desmond McGrath - Monday, March 27, 2017 - Full Story

Morneau’s Missed Chance Should Concern Canadians

(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun on March 24th, 2017)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled the Trudeau government’s second budget this week, and in many ways it wasn’t a new budget at all, but just a clarification of many measures from last year.

In some ways, that’s a relief, because last year was a veritable spending spree, with Morneau plunging the country into a $23 billion deficit (a far cry from the Liberals’ promise of three years of ‘modest’ $10 billion deficits) and didn’t even provide a plan on how they would climb out of it—ever. One can be forgiven for bracing for yet another multi-billion increase in the deficit.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Friday, March 24, 2017 - Full Story

Foreign Buyers Tax Won’t Solve GTA Housing Affordability Crisis

This article was previously published in the Huffington Post

The middle class dream is slipping through the fingers of families in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and the fault lies with our politicians.

Forget about a car in every garage and a chicken in every pot—with parking spots in downtown condos selling for between $45,000 and $60,000 per space, who can afford a garage, let alone a house attached to it. In February, detached homes in the GTA sold for an average price of $1.21 million and Toronto home prices are expected to grow by 20 to 25 per cent this year. Compare that to average Ontario weekly earnings of $963, or $50,000 per year, and you can see the problem.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Friday, March 24, 2017 - Full Story

Iqra Khalid being economical with the truth about motion M-103 regarding Islamophobia

Iqra Khalid MP, Mississauga, îErin Mills
3100 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 35
Mississauga, Ontario
L5L 5M5
Telephone:  905-820-8814
Fax: 905-820-4068

Dear Ms. Khalid;
Since my last open letter, I note you have moved ahead with your plans to outlaw freedom of speech under the guise of Islamophobia (a term not succinctly defined as part of the motion) aided and abetted by the still fawning entourage of Trudeau the younger (Trudeau the elder aptly called them “Trained Seals”) and sadly enough the NDP; poor Tommy Douglas must be turning over in his grave.

By J Desmond McGrath - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Full Story

After Québec Hits Zero Deficit, Zero Equalization Should be Next

MONTRÉAL, QC: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a study demonstrating the perverse effects of federal transfers on Québec. The report also challenges the Quebec government to achieve “Zero Equalization” by 2025.

The authors of the study relied on two underlying problems to arrive at this goal: federal transfers discourage competition of different public policies amongst the provinces and create a dependency effect among Québec politicians, who can always ask for more federal money without taxing their citizens more.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Carl Vallée, Québec Director - Canadian Taxpayers Federation- Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Full Story

Federal budget avoids hard decisions; continues uncertainty

OTTAWA—With its largely status quo 2017 budget, the federal government has failed to chart a clear course for taxpayers, entrepreneurs, and businesses and risks making Canada even less competitive.

“This budget decided not to decide until President Trump decides, and that leaves taxpayers, entrepreneurs, and businesses guessing about what Canada’s economic policies will be,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

By Fraser Institute - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Full Story

Taxpayers Federation: Morneau’s ‘Feelings’ Budget Kicks the Deficit Can Down the R

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today expressed concern about the Trudeau government’s second budget which failed to provide a clear fiscal path to eliminate the deficit, while repackaging existing subsidy programs as “innovation” measures.

“The good news is this budget did not contain larger than expected deficits, like budget 2016 did,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “The bad news it does nothing to address the massive fiscal hole it created last year, and provides few specifics for its so-called ‘innovation’ agenda.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Aaron Wudrick, CTF Federal Director- Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Full Story

Another Montreal Imam Incites Violence Against Jewish Community

MONTREAL – B’nai Brith Canada has reported an incident involving yet another Montreal imam to the Hate Crimes Unit of the Montreal Police Service. As CIJNews reports, the imam was recorded delivering an antisemitic sermon and inciting violence against Jewish people.

In a speech delivered on Dec. 23, 2016 at the Dar al-Arkam mosque, Muhammad bin Musa al Nasr describes Jews as “the most evil of mankind” and as “human demons,” before quoting from the Quran: at “the end of time… the stone and the tree will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me – come and kill him!’”

By B’nai Brith - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Full Story

Using the ‘Notwithstanding Clause’ to keep illegals from entering Canada from the U.S.

Since the end of last year, the number of people crossing illegally from the United States to Canada has increased. The increase has been attributed to Donald Trump’s election as president with the promised crackdown of illegal immigrants in the United States.

While the numbers are not yet large, they are bound to grow. While many of the current illegal border crossers are from Africa and the Middle East, Reuters reported last week, Canada has recorded a record number of detentions of Mexicans attempting to illegally enter Canada during the first two months of the year. In addition to Trump’s election on Dec. 1, 2016, Justin Trudeau’s government did away with the requirement of visas in order for Mexicans to visit Canada. Unless Trump does a complete policy reversal, these numbers are bound to increase. And more and more Canadians are now demanding their country’s borders to be secured.

By Arthur Weinreb - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Full Story

Manitoba Must Trim Spending as Interest Costs Rise

REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the Manitoba government to trim spending as interest payments on the provincial debt are going up by millions, according to the province’s third-quarter fiscal update.

“Manitoba has a choice: it can make the tough choices to trim spending now or it can wait until rising interest costs force deeper cuts later,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “Runaway deficits simply aren’t sustainable and the government needs to take action to trim spending.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Full Story

Samsung/Korea Agreement not what people thought

As of late people have been asking why they hadn’t heard anything about the Ontario/Samsung/Korea Consortium Agreement.  This may have something to do with what the province of Ontario has agreed to do for Samsung/Korea; how badly it will affect the people of Ontario; and that it violates Canadian global trade agreements.  Here are some of the details.

In Dec. 2008 the province and Samsung/Korea entered into a Memorandum of Understanding establishing negotiations for turbine and solar projects.

By Elizabeth Marshall - Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Full Story

Why Turkish President Recep Erdogan is still the world’s best Nazi

Bombthrowers:

After their little hatefest in the Netherlands climaxed with riots, shouts of Allahu Akbar and anti-Semitic slurs, Turkey’s tyrant, an Islamist named Erdogan, who has more political prisoners than research scientists, decided to call the Dutch, Nazis.

Since it’s 2017, that involved lots of Twitter trolling and assorted public tantrums. There’s one problem though. If you had to pick a Nazish dictator, it would be Erdogan.

Let’s consider the Hitler points in Erdogan’s favor.

By Daniel Greenfield - Sunday, March 19, 2017 - Full Story

Health Coalition’s Pop Tax Push “Costly and Useless” says CTF

HALIFAX, NS: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is warning Canadians about a new report from the University of Waterloo released by a coalition organizations proposing a new tax on pop, saying it would be costly to Canadian families and useless since it would do nothing to make them healthier.

“Pop tax advocates seem to think that we can solve all our problems by simply raising taxes. It’s time for the Trudeau government to tell them they won’t create kooky new taxes like one on our pop,” said Kevin Lacey, Atlantic Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

The CTF says there are four reasons pop taxes won’t work in Canada.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Kevin Lacey, CTF-Atlantic Director- Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Full Story

B.C. proves to Ontario Conservatives that ‘revenue neutral’ carbon taxes are a myth

This article was previously published in the Financial Post.

There are lessons to learn from British Columbia’s carbon tax, and the biggest one is for the leader of Ontario’s official opposition, Patrick Brown.

The lesson is a simple one. Revenue neutrality doesn’t happen.

Politicians sold a carbon tax to British Columbians on the promise of revenue neutrality—the idea that the overall tax burden on the public remains the same because the carbon tax is offset by tax reductions in other areas.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Full Story