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Canada one of highest spenders among universal health-care countries, but ranks near bottom on numbe

Sep 20, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


Stagnant Ontario Wages Should Come As No Shock To Kathleen Wynne

Sep 20, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

This article was previously published in the Huffington Post.

In news that shocked no one in Ontario, it turns out we’re not doing as well as the rest of Canada.

New data from the 2016 census revealed that Canadian incomes have jumped, but that Ontario has bucked the trend with slow growth, more low income households, and a manufacturing decline.


Farmers are already cutting emissions - why punish them with carbon taxes?

Sep 20, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)

Saskatchewan farmer Levi Wood and Agriculture Canada bureaucrats agree on two things: 1) Canadian farmers are producing more food while reducing emissions; and, 2) hitting farmers with a carbon tax won’t reduce emissions faster.

“The agricultural sector is producing more without increasing its GHG emissions,” wrote the Ottawa bureaucrats in an internal memo entitled Potential Impacts of Carbon Pricing on the Primary Agricultural Sector. The memo came to light through access-to-information requests filed by investigative journalists at Blacklock’s Reporter and goes on to say the federal government’s proposed carbon tax would be unlikely to incent change because it’s “too low.”


CTF to Morneau: back off your small business tax hikes

Sep 18, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s (CTF) took to the sky over Ottawa today to express its opposition to the contentious small business tax changes being proposed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The banner towed behind a small plane read: “No Small Biz Tax Hike”

Supporters of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) from coast-to-coast sent in donations over the past two weeks to hire a plane to fly the banner, underscoring taxpayers’ outrage with the proposed tax changes impacting Canadian farms, professionals and small businesses.


Taxpayers give hard no to healthcare tax proposal

Sep 14, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is demanding the Manitoba government reject proposals for a healthcare premium tax.

“It’s absolutely shocking that the Manitoba government is even considering a massive new tax under the guise of a healthcare premium,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “Between a proposed carbon tax and a new so-called healthcare tax, Manitoba taxpayers’ wallets could take a real beating from this government.”


Niverville MRI proposal illuminates critics’ lack of logic

Sep 6, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

This column first ran in the Winnipeg Sun and is now free to be reprinted.

Folks in Niverville have an idea. For years, people have been driving past the small town to get private MRIs just south of the border. What if people could purchase an MRI in Niverville?

The Town of Niverville is exploring a partnership to open a private clinic where people can purchase MRIs. Some might imagine a world where Manitobans would have a shorter drive to get MRIs and medical technicians could get jobs in Niverville. Others imagine a much different world.


The Trudeau Liberals have a transparency problem

Sep 1, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)

When news broke recently that Rana Sarkar had been appointed as Canada’s consul-general to San Francisco at a salary somewhere north of $220,000—well above the official pay range which tops out at $140,000—the Prime Minister’s principal adviser, Gerald Butts, took to Twitter to defend his friend, noting that Sarkar was a highly qualified candidate and was, in fact, taking a pay cut to help serve his country.

Set aside for the moment the fact that Sarkar happens to be a well-connected Liberal. Set aside too the fact that by twice seeking to become an elected Member of Parliament at a salary of about $170,000, Sarkar implicitly seemed prepared to work for that amount.


Labour Day Reality Check: Government employees take 65% more sick days than private sector

Aug 30, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a comparison of employee sick day data as compiled by Statistics Canada, which shows a consistent gap between government and private sector workers.

“Curiously, there is a clear trend of significantly higher sick days among government employees compared to their private sector counterparts,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick “Even worse, it appears that in most provinces, government employees are getting sicker every year.”


Bill Morneau’s attack on the middle class

Aug 23, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently announced a plan to crack down on “tax planning using private corporations” by closing “loopholes.”

Given the chosen wording, you would be forgiven for assuming these were of interest only to a handful of high powered tax lawyers and accountants. Yet if adopted, these changes would mean a dramatic tax hike for millions of Canadians and impact countless small businesses.


Canada’s aerospace industry is a giant pyramid scheme

Aug 14, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)

Recently, federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced $10 million in funding for the Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training (CATT) located in Winnipeg. CATT describes itself as “a perfect example of a partnership between industry and research/education.”


Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance in Stratford faces soaring electricity bills

Aug 11, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal a dramatic increase to the cost of electricity to Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance since 2012.

The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show that in the last five years, bills for the Stratford, Seaforth, St. Marys and Clinton sites rose from $1.36 million to $1.94 million. That’s a 43 per cent increase.


Woodstock Hospital electricity prices soar

Aug 10, 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 Woodstock Hospital since 2012.

The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show that in the last five years, bills for the hospital rose from $1.03 million to $1.65 million. That’s a 60 per cent increase.


London Health Sciences electricity bills surge by $2.1 million

Aug 9, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON:  Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal a dramatic increase to the cost of electricity at the University Hospital and Victoria Hospital campuses of London Health Sciences.

The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show that in the last five years, bills for the two hospitals rose from $6.87 million to $9.24 million. That’s a 35 per cent increase.


St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital electricity bills skyrocketing

Aug 9, 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 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.


Save the planet through innovation not taxation

Aug 2, 2017 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.