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Despite majority support to legalize pot, nearly half of Canadians want to delay July 1 implementati

Despite majority support to legalize pot, nearly half of Canadians want to delay July 1 implementation
It’s policy crunch time across Canada. With a July 1, 2018 deadline looming for provinces to have a plan in place for marijuana legalization, some government officials have admittedly been scrambling and publicly calling out Ottawa over a timeline they say they aren’t able to meet.

A new Angus Reid Institute study finds more than half of Canadians – including six-in-ten in Quebec and Ontario -  say that they aren’t sure their provincial government will be ready in time.

By Angus Reid Institute - Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Full Story

Top 20 per cent of families pay 56 per cent of all taxes in Canada

Top 20 per cent of families pay 56 per cent of all taxes in Canada
VANCOUVER—Despite common misperceptions that top earners pay little tax, Canada’s top income-earners pay a disproportionate—and growing—share of all taxes collected by government, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The notion of tax fairness has come up recently to justify even higher taxes on top earners, but in reality, they already pay a disproportionate share of the tax bill,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Measuring the Distribution of Taxes in Canada: Do the Rich Pay Their “Fair Share”?

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

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer called on Bill Morneau to resign as Minister of Finance

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer called on Bill Morneau to resign as Minister of Finance
Canadians have lost faith in this Finance Minister because he has betrayed their trust over and over again!

This Finance Minister has launched an attack on small businesses, health professionals, and farmers - calling hardworking Canadians tax cheats.

He didn’t put his millions of dollars of shares of his family company in a blind trust even after he suggested he would.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario government still failing to address out of control electricity bills at hospitals

Ontario government still failing to address out of control electricity bills at hospitals
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is disappointed with the Ontario government’s response to our ongoing campaign to show how high electricity bills are hurting hospitals.

Documents obtained by the CTF through Freedom of Information requests and released over the course of several months have revealed steep increases to the cost of electricity at Ontario hospitals, despite declining electricity usage.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Full Story

The CRA fails Canadians in more ways than one

The CRA fails Canadians in more ways than one
(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

The release of an Auditor General’s report is rarely a happy occasion for the government of the day, and this fall’s offering from federal Auditor General Michael Ferguson was no exception: from a stinging indictment of the billion-dollar Phoenix payroll system boondoggle, to a clear failure by immigration officials to properly track key indicators about Syrian refugees, to evidence of poor governance at the Royal Military College of Canada.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, November 27, 2017 - Full Story

Canada only country in G7 not raising retirement age; adds significant costs for government

Canada only country in G7 not raising retirement age; adds significant costs for government
VANCOUVER—Canada is out of step with most major industrialized countries—and all other G7 countries—which are raising the age of eligibility for public retirement programs, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Like every other high-income country, Canada’s population is aging, but unlike most of our peers, Canada is doing very little to prepare for the greying of society,” said Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Fraser Institute and co-author of Age of Eligibility for Public Retirement Programs in the OECD.

By Fraser Institute - Saturday, November 25, 2017 - Full Story

Glengarry Memorial Hospital forced to cope with skyrocketing electricity bills

Glengarry Memorial Hospital forced to cope with skyrocketing electricity bills
TORONTO, ON:   Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Glengarry Memorial Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $172,115 in 2012 to $272,498 in 2016, an increase of over 58 per cent.

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

In the face of new advertising laws, political free speech needs an advocate

In the face of new advertising laws, political free speech needs an advocate
This column originally appeared in Maclean’s

Political free speech is in need of a champion in Canada—and new advertising laws in two of Canada’s most populous provinces prove it.

In 2016, Ontario broadened the definition of political advertising to de facto include any and all political speech. Any individual or organization in Ontario that spends more than $500 to publicize their position on an “issue that can reasonably be regarded as closely associated with a registered party or its leader” is now engaging in political advertising. In 2017, Alberta made a similar move, though the province’s threshold is $1,000, and its definition of political advertising is slightly different, but similarly broad—including messages that “[take] a position on an issue with which a registered party [or politician] is associated.”

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

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare faced with rapidly rising electricity costs

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare faced with rapidly rising electricity costs
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $825,816 in 2013 to $1,091,278 in 2017, an increase of over 32 per cent.

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

Renfrew Victoria Hospital forced to cope with spiraling electricity costs

Renfrew Victoria Hospital forced to cope with spiraling electricity costs

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Renfrew Victoria Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $332,909 in 2012 to $472,873 in 2017, an increase of 42 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - Full Story

Trudeau Liberals plan to give China $500 Million to build infrastructure in Asia

The Liberals are giving a half billion dollars of your money to help the world’s wealthy profit off building infrastructure in Asia. Tom Kmiec

By News on the Net - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Full Story

First Nations Activist Launches Court Application Demanding Transparency

REGINA, SK: First Nations activist Harrison Thunderchild has launched a court application demanding transparency from Thunderchild First Nation.

“Accountability and transparency are principles of leadership for our people that were passed down to me from my father and grandfather,” said Harrison Thunderchild, a member of the Thunderchild First Nation, and an Elder whose grandfather, Chief Thunderchild, was Chief when Thunderchild adhered to Treaty 6. “When our leaders don’t tell grassroots band members what’s happening with the community’s money, they’re turning their backs on our heritage.”

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

First Nations generating billions in revenue, often from sources other than natural resources

First Nations generating billions in revenue, often from sources other than natural resources
VANCOUVER—First Nations across Canada are generating billions in revenue for themselves—and not only from natural resources, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“First Nations are finding new and unique ways to generate income for their members that don’t necessarily rely on natural resources,” said Tom Flanagan, Fraser Institute senior fellow, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Calgary and co-author of Bending the Curve: Recent Developments in Government Spending on First Nations.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Full Story

Liberals Expose Authoritarian Nature, Subvert Due Process

Liberals Expose Authoritarian Nature, Subvert Due Process,  cannabis legislation, Bill 174
(QUEENS PARK) Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lenox & Addington), Attorney General Critic for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, is berating the Liberal Government’s time allocation motion of its cannabis legislation, Bill 174, as a blatant abuse of the legislative process, and a deceitful attempt to prohibit proper debate on this transformative piece of legislation.

By Randy Hillier - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Full Story

Pembroke Hospital grapples with rising electricity bills

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

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $677,922 in 2012 to $1,076,565 in 2016, an increase of nearly 59 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Full Story

Lakeridge Health faces steep increases to electricity bills

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

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $3,296,125 in 2011-12 to $4,367,956 in 2016-17, an increase of nearly 33 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Monday, November 20, 2017 - Full Story

Manitoba’s environmental performance strong without a carbon tax

Unfortunately for taxpayers, Premier Brian Pallister’s carbon tax doesn’t come with a money-back guarantee if it doesn’t deliver promised results.

We already know Pallister’s carbon tax is costly. He’s proposing a tax of $25 per tonne of carbon next year – much higher than the initial federal requirement of $10 per tonne. That means Manitobans will see fuel prices jump by about 5 cents per litre. In total, it will cost Manitobans $260 million every year.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Monday, November 20, 2017 - Full Story

Taxpayers take a bath with Marine Atlantic

Canada’s federal Crown corporations are a motley bunch. A few, like the Bank of Canada, are mostly viewed as indispensable. Most, such as a litany of museums or port authorities, attract little attention because of their benign purpose and relatively small budgets. Some, such as Canada Post, are now seen as increasingly anachronistic in a rapidly changing world.

One Crown corporation most Canadians outside Atlantic Canada have likely never even heard of is Marine Atlantic, which operates cargo and passenger ferry services between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Yet, Marine Atlantic’s very existence is a consequence of a constitutional obligation agreed to by the federal government in 1949 as part of the deal that saw Newfoundland join Confederation. Under the terms of the Newfoundland Act, the federal government is required to “maintain… a freight and passenger steamship service between North Sydney and Port aux Basques.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, November 20, 2017 - Full Story

Cambridge Memorial Hospital copes with rising electricity bills despite falling usage

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Cambridge Memorial Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing, growing from $728,065 in 2011-12 to $1,397,804 in 2016-17, an increase of 92 per cent. During the same period, actual usage of electricity fell by 1,296,799 kW, or 6.7 per cent.

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

Manitoba already beating BC and Canada without carbon tax

WINNIPEG, MB: Even without a carbon tax, Manitoba is already showing strong results on environmental “potential indicators” identified by the provincial government, according to a report released today by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The report, entitled Keeping Score: Measuring Manitoba’s Environmental Performance, shows results already achieved by the province provide a strong case for fighting a federal carbon tax.

“Premier Brian Pallister hasn’t provided any evidence showing a carbon tax will help the environment, but we know it’ll cost Manitobans $260 million every year,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “According to the data, Manitoba is already doing better than British Columbia and the nation overall, even without a carbon tax.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Monday, November 20, 2017 - Full Story