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Promised green jobs aren’t sticking around

Jul 25, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.

Tomorrow marks 100th anniversary of introduction of the federal income tax

Jul 24, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.”

Financial disclosures that inspire dancing

Jul 12, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

This column first ran in the National Post and is now free to reprint.

It’s a bit odd for a happy dance to breakout after a court ruling about financial reporting, but when Charmaine Stick got the decision from her lawyer, she held hands with her kids and did a little jig.

“This is a victory for all First Nations people out there who’ve been fighting for transparency and accountability,” said Charmaine. “In our culture, you know transparency and accountability is first and foremost, especially when you’re in leadership.”

Slapping new taxes and regulations on AirBnB won’t cure cities’ housing woes

Jul 11, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

This column first ran in CBC Opinion and is now free to reprint.

We all know that many cities across Canada are grappling with out-of-control housing prices. In the Greater Toronto Area, young families can’t afford the cost of million-dollar “starter” homes, and young professionals are struggling with monthly rents averaging $1,800. Vancouver has the most expensive housing in the country, and though activity there slowed for a while, the market returned to near-record levels in May.

Enter city politicians who claim they will cure our housing woes with ... new taxes and regulations?

CTF petition opposing $10 million payout to Omar Khadr reaches 52,000 signatures

Jul 6, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) announced this morning that the organization’s petition calling on the Trudeau government to revoke its offer of a $10 million payout to Omar Khadr had already reached 52,000 signatures.

“With over 52,000 names in under 48 hours, it is clear this issue has struck a nerve,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “The notion of giving $10 million in taxpayer money to Khadr is so outrageous that many Canadians are simply beside themselves.”

The CTF is looking forward to delivering the petition to the Trudeau government, but wants to ensure all Canadians wanting to sign the petition will have their chance before delivery.

The CTF’s petition opposing the $10 million financial payment to Khadr is available HERE.

Pallister right to challenge legality of Ottawa-imposed carbon tax

Jun 30, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is applauding Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister for serving notice to Ottawa that the province may take legal action to defend itself against a federally imposed carbon tax.

“It’s wrong for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to impose a carbon tax scheme that disregards huge investments in hydro power and damages the economy” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “Manitobans don’t want a carbon tax and Premier Pallister is right to stand up for people in his province.”

Premier Pallister drew a clear line in the sand in a government release issued on June 29.

First Nations activist wins precedent setting court victory for financial transparency

Jun 17, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

SASKATOON, SK: First Nations activist Charmaine Stick and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) are celebrating a precedent setting court victory to strengthen band members’ rights to demand financial transparency from their leaders.

“First Nations leaders have a sacred responsibility to serve the grassroots people and that means being open about what’s happening with our money,” said Ms Stick, a member of the Onion Lake Cree Nation. “For years I’ve been demanding answers from our leaders and they’ve told me I’d never get anywhere, but today’s court ruling proves that all of us have the right to hold our chief and council accountable.

CTF applauds rejection of internet tax

Jun 15, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is applauding Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly for rejecting the Heritage Committee’s recommendation to impose a new internet tax on Canadians.

“A new internet tax is a terrible idea, and would make the internet less affordable for Canadians,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick, “Even worse would be using the revenue to create a new corporate welfare slush fund for the government to subsidize their favourite media outlets.”

The CTF has previously noted that taxpayers are already forced to spend billions subsidizing cultural industries, and the best way forward is fewer subsidies, not more.

Hundreds of Ontarians are sending the Premier a message

Jun 12, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has delivered 797 little rubber ducks to Premier Wynne in protest of her government’s wasteful spending.

The 797 ducks were ordered by individuals from across the province as a part of the CTF’s campaign. The campaign was launched after it was uncovered that the government had paid over $121,000 to rent a giant inflatable rubber duck.

“When news of this duck became public, we received calls and emails from across the province. It’s almost as if the government is running out of ways to waste our money. That’s why we wanted to send the government a message,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn.

“Since the Premier likes ducks so much, hundreds of hardworking taxpayers from across Ontario are sending her these 797 little rubber ducks as a message to her government to stop wasting money,” continued Van Geyn. “With any hope, this duck debacle will make the provincial government take a good, hard look at how they spend taxpayer dollars and start treating those dollars with more respect.”

Morneau’s ‘tax escalator’ a bad precedent

Jun 12, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)

Most taxpayers probably breathed a sigh of relief that Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s spring budget didn’t include any headline-grabbing tax hikes, such as increases in income taxes or business taxes. Rumoured new taxes on health and dental benefits and capital gains thankfully never materialized.

But that doesn’t mean taxpayers got off the hook completely.

There were still a few small increases, including tax hikes on cigarettes, and a two per cent tax hike on beer, wine and spirits.

Ontario’s plan for ‘universal’ and ‘affordable’ day care won’t be universal and it sure isn’t afford

Jun 9, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

This column first ran in the Financial Post and is now free to reprint.

What could Kathleen Wynne possibly have left in her progressive bag of tricks? There’s an election one year away, and the premier has already offered universal pharmacare for kids, rent control and a $15 dollar minimum wage. What costly razzle-dazzle does the premier have left to wow voters?

Behold Wynne’s June 6th proposal of “universally affordable” child care—which is neither universal nor affordable. With this idea the premier is following in the footsteps of the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair, the NDP’s Rachel Notley, and of course the separatist former Quebec premier Pauline Marois.

Manitobans reject carbon taxes according to government survey

Jun 8, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

WINNIPEG, MB: Results from the Manitoba government’s carbon tax survey show that 59 per cent of those who provided comments oppose carbon taxes, according to analysis done by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). The CTF obtained the survey comments through a freedom-of-information request.

“The Manitoba government asked what people think of carbon taxes and people sent a clear message: Manitobans don’t want a carbon tax,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “Premier Brian Pallister needs to listen to the people and oppose a carbon tax.”

The Manitoba government ran its online Climate and Green Plan survey from Mar. 3 to Mar. 31. While the survey failed to ask respondents whether or not they support a carbon tax, 3,700 people provided comments. The CTF has analysed those comments and more than 59 per cent of those who commented clearly oppose a carbon tax.

Waterloo Region District School Board electricity costs up by more than $1.7 million

Jun 5, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal a dramatic increase to the cost of electricity to the Waterloo Region District School Board since 2012.

The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show that in the last four years, bills for schools within the board rose from $7.1 million to $8.8 million. That’s a 25 per cent increase, even though the number of schools remained the same.

“How are the schools in Waterloo Region expected to provide top notch service to students when their electricity bills have grown by 25 per cent? The more money schools have to spend keeping their lights on, the fewer resources they have for students,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn.