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What does Canada get for being on the UN Security Council?

May 19, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

(This column originally appeared in the National Poston May 18th, 2017)

Foreign travel. Embassies. Contributions to international organizations. Few people would claimthat international diplomacy is going to be cheap. But with recent news that Canada is gearing up for apotentially expensive campaignto secure a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2021, it’s fair for Canadians to ask: just how much is this special effort going to cost, and what precisely does Canada gain if it wins?

Sault Area Hospital electricity costs soar

May 19, 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 Sault Area Hospital since 2013.

The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that in the last four years, the hospital’s electricity bill has shot up from $2.2 million in 2013 to $2.6 million in 2016. The increase reflects $443,917.56 increase to the bills over just four years, which is a 20.5 per cent increase.

Canadians paying $1.4 billion each year in gasoline tax-on-tax

May 18, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the federal government to end the practice of applying the HST/GST after provincial and federal excise taxes have already been charged. This practice of “tax-on-tax” was highlighted as part of the CTF’s 19th annual Gas Tax Honesty Day, with press conferences held across the country from Calgary to Montreal.

On Gas Tax Honesty Day, taxpayers federation warns against threat of rising carbon taxes

May 18, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is slamming tax-on-tax at the pumps, and warning against the threat of rising carbon taxes in Ontario and across the country. The cost of the Ontario carbon tax was highlighted as part of the CTF’s 19th annual Gas Tax Honesty Day, with press conferences held across the country.

“The Wynne government brought in a new tax at the pumps that we don’t see on our bills when we pay. That means we actually pay sales tax on top of this new tax, which is sneaky and must be stopped. If Wynne hadn’t brought in her new carbon tax, the price on the signs today would say $1.10 instead of $1.15,” said CTF Ontario Director Christine Van Geyn.

Carbon taxes are harmful for farmers (and everyone else)

May 13, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

This column was originally published in the Winnipeg Sun.

Premier Brian Pallister now recognizes that carbon taxes are bad for farmers. It’s an acknowledgment echoing the precise points we raised on these pages back in March. But carbon taxes cause harm beyond the farmyard.

“Many of our farm families exclusively deal in commodities that they sell on the world market. They’d have no influence whatsoever over the price that they can achieve and so there is no way for them to recover additional input costs that they would incur as a result of a carbon tax,” Premier Pallister told the Winnipeg Sun. “Carbon pricing has the potential to very negatively impact on that sector.”

Pallister’s carbon tax exemption for farmers acknowledges policy failures

May 11, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is claiming an important victory as Premier Brian Pallister admits carbon taxes are harmful for farmers and is now calling on him to acknowledge the same is true for all Manitobans.

“Manitoban farmers are the most efficient and environmentally conscious producers in the world and a carbon tax would punish them while their competitors in the United States and Australia continue to compete without the same disadvantage,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “But an exemption for direct costs is only a partial solution as farmers will still get hit when a carbon tax increases costs for fertilizer, trucking and everything else. A carbon tax will ripple through the economy and harm farmers despite half-measure exemptions.”

Green Corporate Welfare is Growing

Apr 28, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

(A version of this column originally appeared in the Financial Post on April 28th, 2017)

Here’s a warning for taxpayers already frustrated with corporate welfare directed to the aerospace and automotive sectors: selected energy companies are also increasingly in receipt of taxpayer cash, and the reasons offered up are often environmental in nature.

Some background: When it comes to energy corporate welfare, economists often argueover what is a subsidy.

Ontario’s So-Called Balanced Budget Is the Diet That Makes You Fat

Apr 27, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is slamming the Ontario government’s claims to have balanced the budget after nine years of deficits, because the budget will add $12.6 billion in debt by 2019.

“It’s like a diet that makes you fat - it’s a so-called balanced budget that makes the debt get bigger,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The truth is that this isn’t a balanced budget when the debt clock keeps ticking higher.”

The budget also confirmed that Ontario continues to spend over $11 billion per year on debt interest, making interest the province’s fourth largest expense. Interest on debt is expected to grow, exceeding $12 billion next year.

You’re Almost Out of Time to Read the Income Tax Act Before Filing Deadline: CTF

Apr 26, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is reminding Canadians that with only a few days left to the April 30 midnight income tax filing deadline, it may already be too late to try and read the federal Income Tax Act. That’s because it’s 3,164 pages long – that’s 1,055,652 words – and would take the average reader more than 58 hours to read (not that many would want to).

Ontario Blows Budget on Budget Day Security

Apr 24, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) show that the province had 80 security staff working at the 2016 Ontario budget lockups, and security costs totalling $107,381.34.

Budget lockups are closed briefings for journalists and stakeholders to provide early access to budget documents the day they are released. The Frost lock down is another smaller budget review one month before the budget date.

Kathleen Wynne’s Housing Plan Will Create Slums and Won’t Solve Affordability Issues

Apr 20, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the province to stop plans to impose a new foreign buyers tax and rent control. The Ontario government is planning impose a 15% tax on homes purchased by foreigner buyers and will impose rent controls, while provincial regulations and the real causes of housing shortages that drive up prices.

“When Minister Charles Sousa and Premier Kathleen Wynne talk about the causes of housing unaffordability, they need to look in the mirror,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The biggest problem is a shortage of homes, and that’s because of the government’s vision for a high density Ontario and its desire to use taxes and regulations to squeeze as much money out of sales and development as it can. Those taxes and fees, especially Toronto’s double land transfer tax, have added huge unnecessary costs.”

Deficit procrastination comes at a price

Apr 19, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

This column was originally published in the Winnipeg Free Press and is now free to reprint.
Sometimes procrastination pays off. There’s always a chance a bonus at work will come just in time to cover a credit card balance that’s been ignored. But putting off today’s problem usually leaves a bigger problem for tomorrow.

The Manitoba government is procrastinating on the province’s financial problems. It’s ignoring that fact that it’s spending too much and hoping higher revenues will balance the budget. Theoretically, that might work, but procrastination comes at a high price.

$12 Billion in Corporate Welfare but Zero Transparency

Apr 18, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released access-to-information documents showing a troubling lack of transparency and accountability surrounding corporate welfare handed out by the federal government, with virtually no information available regarding the number of jobs created from nearly $12 billion in taxpayer subsidies dispensed since 1967.

“We are constantly told by governments that corporate welfare creates jobs,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “And yet there is often no requirement that the recipients of the taxpayer subsidies report back to government on the number of jobs created as a result of these handouts.”

Poll Proves Manitobans Oppose Carbon Taxes

Apr 7, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on Premier Brian Pallister to oppose Ottawa’s imposition of a carbon tax in the wake of a new poll showing a majority of Manitobans don’t support the tax. The CTF is also calling on Premier Pallister to reaffirm his commitment to hold a referendum before imposing any major tax, including a carbon tax.

“Manitobans don’t want a carbon tax that costs people money without actually helping the environment,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “Manitobans are sending Premier Pallister a clear message: don’t impose a carbon tax without a referendum.”