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Canadian innovation falling behind U.S. and other developed countries, despite billions in governmen

Canadian innovation falling behind U.S. and other developed countries, despite billions in government programs
VANCOUVER—Canada’s innovation performance has declined in recent years and is falling further behind the U.S. and other developed countries, despite decades of costly innovation programs by successive federal governments, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

In fact, the current federal government allocated a staggering $8.2 billion to various innovation programs in its 2017 budget to encourage venture capital investment and create innovation superclusters, among other things.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Rally January 12 Queen’s Park

Rally January 12 Queen's Park
“ Leave the world a better place than you found it “ is a phrase our ancestors have been passing down through the generations “ until now .

The Obama doctrine of divisional politics seems to be coming to and end in America but heating up in Canada. Canadians now find themselves when disagreeing with The Trudeau Liberal Government policies being subjected to name calling such as racist, bigots and even Nazis!

By Sandra Hamill - Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sharia Law Political Party Must Not Be Allowed

Sharia Law Political Party Must Not Be Allowed

The Islamic Party of Ontario (IPO) has officially reserved its name with Elections Ontario, and is part-way along the path towards becoming an official party.

According to their website, the soon-to-be party will be guided in its policy formation by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which starts with, ‘Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law” - and we are further informed that “The Islamic Party of Ontario believes in ‘Supremacy of God’ and understands that it is our constitutional requirement to make all the rule of laws of Provinces and Federal in obedience and according to the will of God.”

By Jeff Goodall - Wednesday, January 9, 2019

CARBON TAX FOR EACH FUEL

The Canadian federal carbon tax
The Canadian federal carbon tax on methanol is going to be 2.2 cents per liter on April 1st.

  • It’s 3.1 cents on 105 octane propane also known as LPG or Liquid Petroleum Gas.
  • It’s 4.42 cents per liter on gasoline.
  • It’s 5.16 cents per liter on kerosene,  which is also basically diesel fuel and jet fuel except for different additives.
By Mark Smyth - Sunday, January 6, 2019

B.C. emissions going up despite Canada’s highest carbon tax

B.C. emissions going up despite Canada's highest carbon tax
VANCOUVER, B.C.: British Columbia’s carbon dioxide emissions continue to go up year over year, even though British Columbians pay the highest carbon tax in Canada.

“Politicians tell us that we are forking over our money in a carbon tax to reduce CO2 emissions, however, that’s not what’s happening, all this is doing is taking a bigger bite of our paycheques,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “The carbon tax costs everyday people a lot of money, and it’s not reducing CO2 emissions, so why are we doing this?”

 

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Kris Sims, BC Director- Thursday, January 3, 2019

Top performers in business—like top athletes and entertainers—highly sought after global

Top performers in business—like top athletes and entertainers—highly sought after globally, well compensated
VANCOUVER—Top business leaders—like top athletes, musicians and actors—receive high levels of compensation because they are in high demand around the world and not easily replaced, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Top performers in any industry, be it sports, music, the movies or the global business community, are compensated at historically high levels because they are in high demand globally, there are limited substitutes and they’re highly mobile, making it fierce competition for the very best,” said Jason Clemens, Fraser Institute executive vice-president and co-author of CEO to Worker Pay: Global Competition for Top Talent.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, January 3, 2019



CTF Releases New Year’s Tax Changes for 2019

CTF Releases New Year's Tax Changes for 2019
OTTAWA, ON: Today the Canadian Taxpayers Federation released its annual New Year’s Tax Changes report that highlights the increase to Canadian Pension Plan rates.

“Hiking CPP rates leaves taxpayers with less money to put into other savings options that could be used to help pay for further education or a first home,” said Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director for the CTF. “And this year’s hike is just the start as Ottawa is planning to raise CPP rates every year for five years.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, CTF Federal Director- Thursday, December 27, 2018

Amount Canadians give to charity down more than 30% since 2006

Amount Canadians give to charity down more than 30% since 2006
VANCOUVER—The amount of money Canadians donate to registered charities—as a share of their income—has plummeted 32.2 per cent since 2006, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

And Canadians remain far less generous than Americans.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, December 20, 2018

Taxpayers Federation launches billboard thanking Premier Ford for ending the carbon tax

Taxpayers Federation launches billboard thanking Premier Ford for ending the carbon tax

TORONTO—The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) unveiled a billboard in the heart of downtown Toronto thanking Premier Ford for cancelling the cap-and-trade carbon tax.

“Ending cap and trade means a tax savings of $7.2 billion for the people of Ontario, and we are ecstatic that the government is getting their hands out of taxpayers pockets,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “Premier Ford deserves a big thank-you for getting rid of Ontario’s carbon tax.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Taxpayers Federation demands real action for energy sector instead of corporate welfare

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is demanding tangible action for Canada’s struggling energy sector, including scrapping the carbon tax and the flawed bill C-69, in response to reports of a forthcoming federal plan to earmark $1.6 billion to address the issue.

“Families who make their living in the energy sector are desperate, but they’re desperate to get back to work and earn a living ‚Äì they don’t want to depend on temporary corporate welfare from Ottawa,” said Aaron Wudrick, the CTF’s Federal Director. “The crisis in Canada’s energy sector is largely due to the Trudeau governments’ catastrophic decisions and they are now simply trying to paper over the problem with borrowed money.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, CTF Federal Director- Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Ontario comptroller goes down with her failed accounting methods

A blow up between a senior bureaucrat and a government can be serious, but the resignation of Ontario comptroller Cindy Veinot goes deeper. Veinot isn’t merely at odds with the finance minister, she’s at odds with the auditor general and many others over the previous government’s accounting standards. When voters gave the new provincial government a mandate to clean up Ontario’s financial mess, Veinot’s departure was inevitable.

Here’s what happened.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Friday, December 14, 2018

Lessons from the U.K., New Zealand, Australia indicate that government-run pharmacare limits access

Lessons from the U.K., New Zealand and Australia indicate that government-run pharmacare limits access to new drugs, discourages innovation

VANCOUVER—As Canadian policymakers grapple with a potential national pharmacare program, we should learn from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand where publicly-funded pharmacare schemes have resulted in reduced access to new drugs for patients, drug shortages, higher taxes and less pharmaceutical innovation, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, December 13, 2018

Was Sun columnist paid off for pro-Trudeau opinion piece?

Trudeau opinion piece?
It’s no secret Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has come under heavy criticism lately. His popularity began to tank when he went on his disastrous trip to India and, with his constant wardrobe changes, showed the entire world what a fool he is.

Will he and the Liberals win the next election scheduled to be held in October of next year? Lorne Gunter, writing an opinion piece in the Sun newspaper, thinks he will.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Auditor General’s Naughty List is Ford’s To-Do List

Auditor General's Naughty List is Ford's To-Do List
The auditor general just gave the premier a thoughtful Christmas gift: a 1,000-page to-do list.

For the past few years, the Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s annual report has been more like a gift for the opposition and a lump of coal for the government.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Friday, December 7, 2018

The Shocking Conditions in Canada’s ‘Third World’

The Shocking Conditions in Canada’s 'Third World’
Until its destruction by fire last July, this packing case was home for five Inuit in Iqaluit, capital of Canada’s Nunavut territory. (Photo—Courtney Edgar)

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s father was PM, it was said in western Canada that he yearned to be the supreme head of an undeveloped country—like his friends Fidel Castro of Cuba and Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. So he set about achieving that objective at home.

There are never exact comparisons, but Argentina comes close. With resources roughly equivalent to Canada’s, in 1945 that country ranked among the world’s richest. The slide gathered momentum under Juan Peron. Similarly, in 1995 The Wall Street Journal nominated Canada as an honorary member of the Third World on account of the national debt, then almost unmanageable thanks to Trudeau Senior’s profligacy. Since then, there’s been a respite, until now.

By Colin Alexander - Thursday, December 6, 2018

Canadian taxpayers subsidize government pensions to the tune of $22 billion a year

Canadian taxpayers subsidize government pensions to the tune of $22 billion a year
VANCOUVER—Government employees don’t pay the full cost of their defined-benefit pensions. Taxpayers provide a $22 billion annual subsidy by assuming undisclosed investment risks for which they are not compensated, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, December 6, 2018


Auditor General report is a “to-do” list for Premier Ford

TORONTO, ON:  The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the Ontario Government to take action on the recommendations contained in the 2018 Auditor General’s Annual Report.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ontario’s health-care wait times no longer shortest in Canada

Ontario’s health-care wait times no longer shortest in Canada
TORONTO—Ontario can no longer claim the shortest median wait time for medically necessary treatment in Canada, with patients in the province waiting an estimated 15.7 weeks (on average) in 2018, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Saskatchewan’s wait time of 15.4 weeks is the shortest in Canada this year, while the median wait time across Canada was 19.8 weeks.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, December 4, 2018

CANADIAN ECONOMY STARTS TO SLIP: MLI’S LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATOR

CANADIAN ECONOMY STARTS TO SLIP: MLI’S LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATOR
OTTAWA, ON (December 4, 2018): After sending weak and sluggish signals for the better part of 2018, Canada’s economy has tipped into decline as the year draws to a close.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Leading Economic Indicator (LEI), a tool designed to predict changes in the Canadian business cycle, dipped by 0.1 percent in October. This represents the first decline recorded by the index since January 2016.

By Macdonald Laurier Institute - Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Will governments ever learn their lesson on corporate welfare?

Will governments ever learn their lesson on corporate welfare?
There’s an old saying about the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Never has this been more true than governments in Canada when it comes wasting your money on corporate welfare.

This week, General Motors announced out of the blue that it will be mothballing its plant in Oshawa, Ont., and eliminating 2,800 jobs in one fell swoop. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for thousands of GM workers and their families who had no clue whatsoever that such devastating news was coming. They’re furious and so are Canadians from coast to coast.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, December 3, 2018

Taxpayers Federation stands with Ontario as it challenges Ottawa’s carbon tax in court

Taxpayers Federation stands with Ontario as it challenges Ottawa’s carbon tax in court
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is standing with the Ontario government as it challenges the federal government’s proposed carbon tax at the Court of Appeal.

“Premier Doug Ford is standing up for Ontario taxpayers by taking Ottawa to court to block a federally imposed carbon tax,” said Christine Van Geyn, the CTF’s Ontario Director. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t provide evidence to show a carbon tax will help the environment. But we do know that this new tax will give the government more power to suck money out of the wallets of Ontario families and businesses, and this is a tax that will keep going up over time.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Friday, November 30, 2018


Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to corporate welfare handout to Maple Leaf Foods

Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to corporate welfare handout to Maple Leaf Foods
OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released the following statement in response to today’s joint federal-provincial announcement of a $62.5 million taxpayer subsidy to Maple Leaf Foods:

“Canadian and Ontario taxpayers just found out they’re getting the opportunity to make an involuntary donation of $62 million to a profitable, private business.

 

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Tuesday, November 27, 2018

82% of freshwater monitoring stations in Canada report fair to excellent quality

82% of freshwater monitoring stations in Canada report fair to excellent quality
VANCOUVER—Canada’s freshwater supply and water quality across the country is generally very good, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Canadians are rightly sensitive about the country’s water supply, and the good news is that, overall, the quantity and quality of Canada’s freshwater is quite good,” said Ross McKitrick, professor of economics at the University of Guelph, Fraser Institute senior fellow and co-author of Evaluating the State of Fresh Water in Canada.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to news regarding General Motors’ Oshawa plant closure

Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to news regarding General Motors' Oshawa plant closure
OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released the following statement in response to today’s General Motors announcement that it will be ceasing all operations at its Oshawa plant:

“Ten years ago, Canadian taxpayers were forced to spend billions to bail out multinational automakers. That transaction ultimately left taxpayers with a $3.7 billion loss. As GM’s announcement today proves, the billions taken from taxpayers didn’t provide long-term protection for Canadian jobs.

“Job losses are always hard and governments are right to be seized with finding ways to help workers get through a tough time. But what is absolutely clear is that giving multinational corporations taxpayer bailouts is not the solution.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, November 26, 2018

Justin Trudeau Buying the Media in time for 2019 Election

Justin Trudeau Buying the Media in time for 2019 Election



Michelle Rempel, MP: Free speech in Canada died today. Trudeau just announced a $600M initiative to give money to “journalists” who are “trusted sources”. Criteria to be set by people appointed by Trudeau. I don’t care how you vote. If you care about free speech, you should oppose and share this.

By News on the Net - Friday, November 23, 2018

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