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Six-in-ten say United Conservative Party will be good for Alberta

With the unification of the former Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties culminating Oct. 28 with the election of a new leader of the United Conservative Party (UCP), Premier Rachel Notley will know her challenger for the 2019 election.

Whether it turns out to be Brian Jean, Jason Kenney, or a surprise choice other than those two front-runners, the new leader will find himself on a relatively promising path to the Premier’s office, according to a new Angus Reid Institute analysis of quarterly polling data.

By Angus Reid Institute - Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Full Story

Are you ready for a discount tax?

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)
When will it ever be enough?

As Canadians were sitting down for their turkey dinners over the weekend, news broke that the CRA had issued new guidelines decreeing that employee discounts are now taxable.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Full Story

Added prescription to Canadian mortgage rules unnecessary, could increase costs for homebuyers

TORONTO—Requiring a stress test for Canadians who provide at least a 20 per cent down payment to purchase a home is an unnecessary step that could negatively affect homebuyers across Canada, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Canada’s financial regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI), wants to force homebuyers who do not require mortgage insurance—those who provide 20 per cent or more of the property’s value as a down payment—to qualify for a mortgage two percentage points higher than the agreed upon rate.

By Fraser Institute - Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Full Story

Selective respect for diversity

One of Justin Trudeau’s favorite and oft repeated rhetorical falsities is a so called Liberal respect for diversity and differences of opinion in Parliament. 

He clearly demonstrated just how much he really respects diversity and differences of opinion when his government with the cooperation of the NDP contemptuously ousted Conservative MP Rachel Harder as chair of the status of women committee because of her “pro-life” convictions.

By Guest Column -- Gerald Hall- Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Full Story

Today is not a good day for Canada

Today is not a good day for Canada. It is not a good day for the federation. It is a very bad day for the west.

TransCanada made the decision to cancel Energy East – but make no mistake, the reasons for it fall at the feet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government. They have been, at best, ambivalent about the project and then moved the goalposts at the last moment by asking the regulator to consider the impact of upstream greenhouse gas emissions.

By Guest Column -- Premier Brad Wall, Saskatchewan- Friday, October 6, 2017 - Full Story

Quebec: Major support for Bill 62, far less approval for government’s handling of border issue

With roughly a year to go before the next provincial election, Quebec residents are overwhelmingly supportive of their current government’s efforts to ban the receiving or administering of public services with a covered face, but most disapprove of its response to this summer’s surge in irregular border-crossings.

According to the Angus Reid Institute’s latest analysis of quarterly public opinion polling data, some one-in-five Quebecers say each of these issues will be “one of the most important” when making their decision on who to vote for in 2018.

By Angus Reid Institute - Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Full Story

Taxpayers Federation launches satirical “Kathleen Wynne Moving Company” to highlight exo

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is launching the satirical “Kathleen Wynne Moving Company” to highlight how government policies are making Ontario unaffordable, and forcing businesses and families out of Ontario.

“Whether it’s unaffordable electricity, rapid increases to the cost of labour, or new taxes, Ontario is becoming unaffordable because of the Wynne government’s policies,” said CTF Ontario director, Christine Van Geyn. “So many of our supporters have said that these policies are so bad, Wynne might as well have packed the moving boxes herself. That’s what gave us the idea for this satirical moving company.”

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

Funding and regulation of independent schools varies greatly across the provinces: Only five provide

TORONTO—Only half of Canada’s provinces provide even partial funding for independent schools, which in turn, can lower tuition costs for parents, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Independent schools offer parents greater choice, and often provide religious or alternative teaching pedagogies not available in the public school system, but across Canada there is a wide variety of regulations and funding models for these schools,” said Deani Van Pelt, Fraser Institute senior fellow and co-author of The Funding and Regulation of Independent Schools in Canada.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - Full Story

Federal Politics: Trudeau still seen as best PM, but Conservatives ‘best to form government’

It was a turbulent summer for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government, which has faced criticism for its handling of the surge in irregular border-crossings in Quebec, the decision to pay Omar Khadr more than $10 million to settle his lawsuit against the government, and its proposed changes to small business taxation.

By Angus Reid Institute - Monday, October 2, 2017 - Full Story

Report: Provinces woefully unprepared for aging population

CALGARY, AB: Just in time for National Seniors Day (October 1) the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released a report today that examines how prepared provincial governments are for our nation’s aging population.

“Most provinces haven’t bothered to properly assess how our nation’s aging population will impact their finances,” said Colin Craig, author of the report and Interim Alberta Director for the CTF. “They’re operating like a 63-year-old who has a pile of debt and hasn’t bothered to think about planning for the future. Unless provincial governments start taking the situation seriously, we’re going to see tax hikes.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Colin Craig, Interim Alberta Director- Friday, September 29, 2017 - Full Story

President Barack Obama in Toronto to Raise Millions for Liberal Slush Fund

The former president of the United States, Barack Obama is expected to out-do his June appearance in Montreal as he packed a hall with over 6,000 guests. On Friday, September 29th Obama will speak at lunchtime where he will be raising millions of dollars for Canada 2020, a think-tank closely tied to Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party.  Canada’s big corporations are stepping up to the plate, buying tables and sponsoring the event.  The question is where do these millions go and who benefits?

You would think the Liberal party would have learned its lesson with the Adscam sponsorship scandals that drove them from power last decade, but no.  Here we go again with massive amounts of money going to close friends and an organization so close to the Liberal Party it is hard to determine where one stops and the other starts.

By Dr. Charles McVety - Friday, September 29, 2017 - Full Story

Premier crossed his fingers on tax referendum promise

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

Perhaps Brian Pallister crossed his fingers when he promised Manitobans the right to vote in a referendum on any major tax increase.

For Premier Pallister and others whose memories may be foggy on that particular election platform plank, here it is: “A new Progressive Conservative government will bring in legislation in the first legislative session restoring Manitobans’ right to vote on any proposed major tax increases.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Full Story

Open Letter to Julie Payette

Dear Governor General:

Welcome to the highest position in our great country as our viceregal representative!

For all Canada’s greatness, however, I implore you to bring leadership and moral suasion to the needs and aspirations of our desperately marginalized and burgeoning underclass, doubling every twenty years. They’re largely but by no means exclusively Indians and Inuit, and not only in remote settlements. Life lacks hope or purpose for children and youth seeing from television the gap widening exponentially between what they have and how our much-vaunted middle class lives.

By Colin Alexander - Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Full Story

Wynne needs to pay attention to Ontario business for NAFTA negotiations to succeed

This article was previously published in the Toronto Sun.

Premier Wynne is undercutting Ontario manufacturers while attempting to promote free trade, and it couldn’t happen at a worse time.

While in Washington DC to promote free trade on September 14, the Premier spoke about Ontario companies that do businesses in the United States, and the benefits these businesses provide to the American and state economies.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Full Story

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