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Canada’s SNC Lavalin corruption scandal—Should Prime Minister Justin Trudeau go to jail?

Canada’s SNC Lavalin corruption scandal—Should Prime Minister Justin Trudeau go to jail?Canada’s SNC Lavalin bribery scandal strikes at the heart of the legitimacy of capitalism operating presumptively under the rule of law.  It also strikes at the foundations of credible accountability—read honesty and lawful conduct—in the office of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

It’s been common knowledge for years that SNC Lavalin engaged in corrupt practices, both at home and abroad. The immediate focus is the company’s payment of $48 million in bribes to secure contracts in Libya. It’s not just Canada that has laws against paying bribes to foreigners. The World Bank barred SNC Lavalin from its contracts for ten years because of the company’s corruption in Bangladesh. There was also bribery at home. They paid $2.3 million to Michel Fournier, former head of the Federal Bridge Corporation, in relation to a $127 million contract to upgrade the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal. Recently, he pleaded guilty. Chief financial officer Pierre Duhaime also pleaded guilty to breach of trust in the bribery case arising from construction of Montreal’s $1.3 billion McGill University hospital project. The company paid illegal contributions almost entirely to the Liberals in the last general election. The list goes on.

By Colin Alexander - Monday, February 18, 2019

Horwath Invokes Health Care Sacred Cow, Delivers Load of Bull

The problem with calling on sacred cows is that the result is often a load of bull. That’s what taxpayers got with the NDP’s not-so-bombshell release of leaked draft health-care legislation in Ontario.

On Jan. 31, NDP leader Andrea Horwath released draft health-care legislation her party had obtained through a leak from an Ontario bureaucrat. Horwath held a press conference where she outlined what she called the Progressive Conservatives’ secret plan to privatize health care.

It’s precisely these kinds of claims that make improving healthcare in Canada so challenging.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Friday, February 15, 2019

Canadian Taxpayers Federation corrects the record: B.C. CO2 emissions are rising

REGINA, SK.: Appearing before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal as part of the Saskatchewan government’s constitutional challenge to the Trudeau carbon tax, federal government lawyers today attacked the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s court submission that carbon dioxide emissions have continued to rise in British Columbia even though British Columbians already pay the highest carbon taxes in Canada.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Friday, February 15, 2019

Mandatory treatment? Decriminalization? As opioid epidemic rages, Canadians seek extreme measures to

As opioid epidemic rages, Canadians seek extreme measures to save livesFebruary 15, 2019—With the number of opioid related deaths in this country expected to surpass 4,000 in 2018, Canadians continue to search for answers—and consider more extreme measures—to address what half call a serious problem (46%) and one-quarter (24%) view as a crisis.

The latest public opinion survey from the Angus Reid Institute finds more than eight-in-ten Canadians (85%) say they would support mandatory treatment for anyone dealing with an opioid addiction. Further, half (48%) are willing to explore the decriminalization of all drugs in Canada. Public health officials in Vancouver and Toronto have recently proposed such a change in order to reduce fentanyl related overdose deaths.

By Angus Reid Institute - Friday, February 15, 2019

DEFICIT DEBATE CLOUDING THE BIG PICTURE ON GOVERNMENT SPENDING:

OTTAWA, ON (February 14, 2019):  A recent series of speeches, articles, and debates is provoking big questions about deficits and debt. Do they matter? Should we care? Has the past political emphasis on balancing the budget been misguided?

A new commentary paper by MLI Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer titled Deficits, Debt, and the Right Path for Fiscal Policy: A Framework for Smaller Government aims to answer these questions as we approach the upcoming federal budget.

By Macdonald Laurier Institute - Thursday, February 14, 2019

Canadian Taxpayers Federation goes to court to stop Ottawa’s carbon tax

REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation opposed the carbon tax in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal today.

“Carbon taxes will cost Canadians a lot of money without helping the environment and our lawyers made strong arguments on behalf of taxpayers in court today,” said Todd MacKay, the CTF’s Prairie Director. “We applaud the Saskatchewan government for bringing this action and giving opponents of this tax a shot at defeating it in court.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Trudeau’s broken omnibus bill promise at the heart of his SNC-Lavalin troubles

Like a character in a Greek tragedy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is suffering for perpetrating an anti-democratic abomination he once decried: an omnibus bill.

Keeping that promise may have saved him from accusations that his office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who suddenly resigned from cabinet on Tuesday, to let SNC-Lavalin negotiate a so-called remediation agreement instead of facing full prosecution for millions of dollars worth of corruption in Libya.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Beer Store Is Flat Out Wrong on Consumer Choice

Toronto, ON —On February 1st, Ontario’s public consultation on alcohol policy officially closed. The Ford Government sought out feedback on how Ontario could modernize its alcohol market. Unfortunately, some entities, like The Beer Store, have actively pushed back against increased consumer access. The Beer Store’s President Ted Moroz recently argued that if the province allows for beer sales in corner stores that “the price of beer in Ontario is likely to go up and 7,000 jobs are going to be put at risk across Ontario.”

By News on the Net - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Liberals’ poorly designed ‘free tuition’ program like a bad tattoo

Government entitlement programs are a bit like tattoos: if they turn out badly, it’s hard to get rid of them. That’s what happened with Ontario’s short-lived and failed experiment with so-called free tuition (or, more accurately, taxpayer funded tuition).

Once an entitlement is granted, recipients view it as a right and it becomes someone else’s obligation to pay for it. Rolling that entitlement back is a huge challenge, even if it has proved ineffective and unsustainable.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Taxpayers Federation Releases Ontario Prebudget Recommendations

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has released its pre-budget recommendations to the Ontario government in the lead up to the spring budget. The report was tabled with the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

“The number one priority of the government going into this year’s budget needs to be tackling the province’s $14.5-billion deficit,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The government must provide citizens with a timeline for a balanced budget and get it done before the next election.”

The CTF prebudget report recommends achieving this balance using a combination of spending reductions and increasing government revenue without raising taxes, for example, by privatizing the LCBO. The CTF’s prebudget report also asks the government to move ahead with tax cuts that were promised by Premier Doug Ford during the election as well as a number of measures that would improve transparency and accountability.

“The recipe for a balanced budget isn’t complicated – the government needs to reduce costs,” said Van Geyn. “We recommend a number of cost reductions such as reduced government advertising, ending corporate welfare and hydro reform.

“Ontario families are counting on the provincial government to find efficiencies so that it can deliver the tax relief that’s desperately needed.”

The full text of the 2019 CTF prebudget report is available HERE.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Thursday, February 7, 2019

If recession hits, federal deficit will reach $28 to $34 billion before any stimulus spending

If recession hits, federal deficit will reach $28 to $34 billion before any stimulus spendingVANCOUVER—Ottawa’s projected deficit of $19.6 billion in 2019/20 may automatically increase to as much as $34.4 billion if Canada enters a recession this year, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“By running deficits during a period of economic growth, there is a real risk the country’s finances will deteriorate rapidly when the next recession hits,” said Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Fraser Institute and co-author of What Happens to the Federal Deficit if a Recession Occurs in 2019?

The current federal government has run deficits every year since 2015, despite continued economic growth, without a projected return to budget balance until 2040.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, February 7, 2019

Decades after Reform’s rise, voters open to a new ‘Western Canada Party’

Decades after Reform’s rise, voters open to a new ‘Western Canada Party’As Canada’s federal party leaders woo voters from coast to coast in this election year, the latest public opinion survey from the Angus Reid Institute finds that in the country’s four westernmost provinces, many of those voters may be looking for a new alternative altogether.

By Angus Reid Institute - Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Canadian Taxpayers Federation launches campaign to balance the federal budget

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s today launched a new campaign calling on the Trudeau government to honour its 2015 election promise to balance the federal budget. The CTF’s long-nosed, honesty-in-politics mascot, Fibber, has been assigned a key role in the campaign and plans to make regular public appearances.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, February 4, 2019

Wettlaufer Worse Than Anybody Thought

Wettlaufer Worse Than Anybody ThoughtSerial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer has admitted attacking Florence Beedall, 77, at the Meadow Park facility in London, Ontario, where she worked as a registered nurse. The August, 2014, attack is significant for several reasons.

As CBC News reports, at least three Ontario police services were aware that Wettlaufer confessed to attacking a fifteenth patient, “yet the crime was withheld from the public and was never disclosed during a multi-million-dollar public inquiry looking into Wettlaufer’s crimes and why they went undetected for so long.”

By Lloyd Billingsley - Sunday, February 3, 2019