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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

Battle of the Brainless: Justin Trudeau vs. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Battle of the Brainless: Justin Trudeau vs. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Mirror mirror on the wall
Who’s the dumbest politician of them all?

It’s about time we definitively decide which politician has the fewest functioning brain cells. It comes down to an epic battle between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Sorry Americans; I know you like to finish first in everything but in this contest you lose. The Canadian PM is hands down less intelligent than the newly elected representative from New York. It is true AOC’s airhead statements are becoming more and more bizarre,  but the things she comes out with show a lack of education and the fact she is a committed socialist who has never learned the truth about socialism. Trudeau, on the other hand, says things that no person above the age of five and of average intelligence would ever say.

By Arthur Weinreb - Saturday, February 2, 2019

Public school spending in Ontario up 18.5% per student over past decade

TORONTO—Spending on public schools in Ontario has increased 18.5 per cent, on a per-student basis, over the past decade, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Contrary to what we often hear, spending is on the rise in Ontario’s public education system,” said Angela MacLeod, a senior policy analyst with the Fraser Institute and co-author of Education Spending and Public School Enrolment in Canada, 2019.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, January 31, 2019


B.C. Legislature receipts and expense forms raise big questions for taxpayers

VANCOUVER, B.C.: After examining hundreds of actual receipts and expense statements attributed to the offices of Legislature’s Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is raising serious concerns.

“It’s hard to imagine a justification for spending taxpayers’ money on luggage, but it’s even more baffling to see a receipt that describes an expensive watch as ‘luggage,’” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director for the CTF. “Now that we’ve looked at the actual receipts, we have even more questions about taxpayers being stuck with bills for everything from high-end headphones to whiskey cakes and chauffeur services.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Kris Sims, BC Director- Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Ex-Ambassador McCallum Falls on His Sword to Save Trudeau

Ex-Ambassador McCallum Falls on His Sword to Save TrudeauJohn McCallum did not resign, he was fired by Trudeau for being caught doing Trudeau’s bidding.

For Trudeau and the Liberals, it is all about winning this upcoming election and turning Asian-Ontario swing ridings to the Liberals and retaining existing Asian-dominated Liberal ridings.

That is why McCallum gave a 40-minute speech to only local Chinese-speaking newspapers in the Asian-dominated town of Markham about why McCallum and the Trudeau Liberals thought Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO had a strong legal case against America’s extradition request for her to be removed to the U.S.

By Mitch Wolfe - Sunday, January 27, 2019

Canadian Taxpayers Federation going to court to stand up for taxpayers and beer drinkers

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is going to court to defend taxpayers (and beer drinkers) as an intervener in the appeal of Steam Whistle v. Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, in which two out-of-province beer companies successfully challenged unconstitutional legislation imposed by the Alberta government.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, January 23, 2019


CFIB Paperweight “Awards”: Warm plates, hazardous hand soap, and the Weed-Which-Must-Not

Toronto, January 21, 2019 – To kick off its 10th Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) presents its annual Paperweights which shines a light on the worst examples of red tape headaches for business owners across the country, ranging from the eye-rolling to the downright destructive.

“This year’s crop of ‘winners’ includes silly restrictions on who can use the word ‘cannabis,’ Toronto’s archaic business licencing process, and BC’s new mandatory union rules for public projects, which specify, among other things, that employees must be served on warm dinner plates,” said Jordi Morgan, CFIB’s vice-president for Atlantic Canada. “The Paperweights are clear examples of unnecessary and excessive red tape. While some of the examples may seem trivial or laughable, the cumulative burden of red tape is no joke.”

By CFIB - Monday, January 21, 2019

Fraser Institute releases Ontario elementary school rankings

Fraser Institute releases Ontario elementary school rankings
TORONTO—The Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools is out today.

This year’s Report Card—the go-to source for measuring academic performance—ranks more than 3,000 anglophone and francophone public and Catholic schools (and a small number of independent schools) based on nine academic indicators from results of annual provincewide reading, writing and math tests.

By Fraser Institute - Monday, January 21, 2019

My Exciting Trip to the Liquor Store in Fascist Canada

My Exciting Trip to the Liquor Store in Fascist Canada
As I wrote in an earlier article, new laws concerning drinking and driving came into effect in Canada on Dec. 18. As well as increased penalties, cops no longer have to have a “reasonable suspicion” that a driver has been drinking before demanding that driver provide suitable breath samples. As well, a police officer can demand someone provide breath samples if that person has driven anytime within the previous two hours. If the demand is made to a person drinking at home or in a bar and that person blows over the legal limit, he or she can be charged. It is up to them to prove that they were not impaired when they last drove.

By Arthur Weinreb - Sunday, January 20, 2019

Taxpayers Federation Applauds OSAP and Tuition Changes

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding today’s announcement that the Ontario government is restoring the Ontario Student Assistance Program to 2016-17 levels, reducing tuition by 10 per cent and requiring the availability of online opt-outs for student ancillary fees.

“Reducing tuition and providing opt-outs for fees will help students while reforming OSAP will save taxpayers millions,” said CTF Ontario Director Christine Van Geyn. “Last year’s OSAP changes were supposed to save taxpayer money, but, as the auditor general warned, the cost soared to more than $2 billion per year. By returning OSAP to 2016-17 levels, we hope to see a savings of about 50 per cent for this program.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Saturday, January 19, 2019