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St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital electricity bills skyrocketing

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal a dramatic increase to the cost of electricity to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital since 2012.

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 $779,835 million to $1.36 million. That’s a 75 per cent increase.

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

THE COVER-UP OF HIGH RIVER FORCED ENTRIES CONTINUES

On June 25, 2013, Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis asked his Deputy Minister, Tim Grant this question: ‘What legal authority do the police rely upon to forcibly enter private property in the flood stricken area?’  Deputy Minister Grant forwarded Minister Denis’ question to newly appointed Assistant Deputy Minister and Director of Law Enforcement, Bill Sweeney (retired RCMP Commanding Officer for ‘E’ Division, the Province of Alberta).

ADM Sweeney then sent an e-mail to RCMP Assistant Commissioner Marianne Ryan asking her to answer Minister Denis’ question adding: ‘This was in relation to High River and breaking into homes to look for casualties.  The Minister was aware that firearms that have not been properly stored were seized during the (sic) these searches and also anticipates that some residents will ask this question later.’ Note: This was three days before the media and the public were made aware that firearms were being seized in High River.

By Dennis R. Young - Monday, August 7, 2017 - Full Story

Canada’s Passchendaele Heroes Offer Lessons for Today

One hundred years ago, Canadians were slugging it out with the Germans on a muddy battlefield near Passchendaele in northwestern Belgium. The Canadians fought with great distinction, gaining Canada new international respect, and the conflict still holds lessons for today.

As the National Post noted, for their bravery in that battle nine Canadians won the Victoria Cross, including private Tommy Holmes from Montreal. He took out took two German machine gun positions and forced the surrender of 19 enemy troops.

By Lloyd Billingsley - Saturday, August 5, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario government’s timeline to reduce debt lacks specifics and relies on questionable assump

TORONTO—Queen’s Park’s timeline for reducing the province’s historically high debt burden relies on optimistic and questionable assumptions and lacks a detailed, credible plan to achieve it, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The Ontario government has acknowledged the province’s current debt-to-GDP ratio—a measure used to evaluate a jurisdiction’s debt burden—is too high at 37 per cent of the economy and has pledged to lower it back to the pre-recession level of 27 per cent by 2029/30.

But the government has offered no specifics on how it will achieve that goal.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Full Story

Save the planet through innovation not taxation

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

Nazim Cicek might save the planet. He’s researching cellulosic biofuel production that could turn corn stalks and cattails into clean energy. A breakthrough could have a global impact.

We all want to protect the environment—the question is how? Technologies such as cellulosic biofuels show promise. Meanwhile carbon taxes are expensive and ineffective.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Todd MacKay, Prairie Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation- Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Full Story

Health-care costs for typical Canadian family will eclipse $12,000 this year; up nearly 70% since 19

VANCOUVER—A typical Canadian family of four will pay $12,057 for health care in 2017—an increase of nearly 70 per cent over the last 20 years, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Health care in Canada isn’t free—Canadians actually pay a substantial amount for health care through their taxes, even if they don’t pay directly for medical services,” said Bacchus Barua, senior economist with the Fraser Institute’s Centre for Health Policy Studies and co-author of The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2017.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - Full Story

Taxpayers can’t afford the bill for Diversity Gardens

PRINCE ALBERT, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on federal, provincial and municipal governments to reverse their decision to spend $60 million on the Diversity Gardens project while running massive deficits.

“These governments are plunging Manitobans deeper into debt by billions; they continue to impose heavy tax burdens; and, they’re struggling to fund basic services such as healthcare and road repair; but, they have tens of millions for a new garden?” asked Todd MacKay, the CTF’s Prairie Director. “This country has a rich heritage of diversity that we nourish in our neighbourhoods and it’s wonderful to enjoy plant life in nature, but we have to say no to these luxury projects at a time when we’re borrowing money to run hospitals and fix roads.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Full Story

Decision: Alberta’s discriminatory beer tax violates Agreement on Internal Trade

Today, an expert panel convened pursuant to the dispute resolution process of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) ruled that the Government of Alberta’s Small Brewers Development Program, which discriminates against out-of-province craft beers, does not comply with the province’s free trade obligations under Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade. The challenge is a huge victory for Artisan Ales, a Calgary owned-and-operated small business, whose business was devastated by the discriminatory policy designed to restrict access to the quality craft beers it imports from other provinces.

A majority of the panel agreed with both Artisan Ales and with the Province of Saskatchewan, who joined them in disputing the policy, that the 2016 tax-and-refund scheme “clearly discriminates[s] against the beer products of non-Alberta breweries in the sale of those products within Alberta.”

The panel’s decision can be found here.

By Canadian Constitution Foundation - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Full Story

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 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