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Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to federal Fall Economic Statement

Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to federal Fall Economic Statement
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released the following statement in response to today’s federal Fall Economic Statement:

“The Trudeau government has missed yet another opportunity to address the super-deficit they are running, by refusing to lay out a plan to return to a balanced budget in 2019 as explicitly promised in their election platform.

 

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Are we there yet? The long road to a balanced budget

The long road to a balanced budget
Ontario is starting down the long and difficult road of improving the province’s finances, and, like kids in the backseat on a family vacation, taxpayers will be demanding to know “when will we be there?”

Based on the recent Fall Economic Statement, unfortunately, the answer is: no time soon.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Economic update must address Canada’s lack of business investment

Economic update must address Canada’s lack of business investment
VANCOUVER—A host of economic measures indicate that Canada continues to underperform when it comes to business investment, which is crucial for improving living standards and generating prosperity, according to recent research published by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is scheduled to release the federal government’s fall economic update on Wednesday, which could include changes to fiscal policy and send important signals to potential investors and entrepreneurs.

By Fraser Institute - Monday, November 19, 2018

Taxpayers Federation praises fall economic statement for focus on taxpayers, but wants timeline for

Taxpayers Federation praises fall economic statement for focus on taxpayers, but wants timeline for deficit elimination
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is praising the Ontario Fall Economic Statement for focusing on respect for taxpayers, but remains concerned about the province’s large deficit.

“There is a lot of great news for taxpayers in today’s baby budget,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “Low-income workers across Ontario will benefit from the tax cut announced today, which will save individual workers up to $850 per year. Letting the 1.1 million low-income workers in Ontario keep the income they earn is the right thing to do.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Friday, November 16, 2018

Canada among highest health-care spenders yet ranks near bottom on number of doctors, hospital beds

Canada among highest health-care spenders yet ranks near bottom on number of doctors, hospital beds and wait times
VANCOUVER—Despite spending more on health care than the majority of developed countries with universal coverage, Canada has a relatively short supply of doctors and hospital beds—and the longest wait times, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“There is a clear imbalance between the high cost of Canada’s health-care system and the value Canadians receive,” said Bacchus Barua, associate director of health policy studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2018.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, November 8, 2018

CTF calls on Trudeau government to change former governors general expense policy

CTF calls on Trudeau government to change former governors general expense policy to match provincial lieutenant governors
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has confirmed that provincial lieutenant governors do not receive expense accounts after leaving office and today called on the Trudeau government to change the policy that allows former governors general to bill taxpayers for millions of dollars in expenses indefinitely.

“We contacted the offices of all ten provincial lieutenant governors and all ten confirmed they have absolutely nothing like the indefinite expense account given to former governors general,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Settling First Nation grievances could cost Ottawa almost $6 billion over next five years

Settling First Nation grievances could cost Ottawa almost $6 billion over next five years
CALGARY—The cost to compensate Indigenous people for perceived past injustices could hit $5.7 billion over the next five years, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Ottawa’s plans to reconcile with Indigenous people include major financial costs, and Canadians should be aware of those costs,” said Tom Flanagan, Fraser Institute senior fellow, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Calgary and co-author of The Costs of the Canadian Government’s Reconciliation Framework for First Nations.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Stats Can wants your personal financial data | Lisa Raitt



Justin Trudeau is trying to access the financial data of 500,000 Canadians without their knowledge or consent. This is a disturbing and unprecedented intrusion into the private lives of individual Canadians.

By News on the Net -- Lisa Raitt MP Milton- Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Governors general shouldn’t be billing taxpayers after they’ve left office

Governors general shouldn't be billing taxpayers after they've left office
Have you ever had a job that comes with a generous expense account? How about one where you get to keep your expense account even after you leave the job?

If this sounds too good to be true, you haven’t heard about the great deal Canada’s governors general have been getting for the last forty years.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, November 5, 2018

USMCA lost opportunity to actually implement freer trade between Canada and U.S.

USMCA lost opportunity to actually implement freer trade between Canada and U.S.
VANCOUVER—The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)—NAFTA’s recently-negotiated replacement—represents a missed opportunity to create freer trade across North America, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“We had a chance with these negotiations to truly liberalize trade between Canada and the U.S., but that opportunity was squandered because both sides came to the table with a list of protected industries that were off-limits from the start,” said Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics and co-author of The U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement: Overview and Outlook.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, November 1, 2018

Taxpayers Federation reacts to passage of Cap and Trade Cancelation Act

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is thrilled that today the Ontario government passed Bill 4, The Cap and Trade Cancelation Act.

“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.

Cap and trade came into effect on January of 2018, and used a complex system of carbon credits that Ontario businesses were required to buy and could trade between one another and with businesses in Quebec and California.

“Cap and trade was a tax on the necessities of life. It was a tax on heating your home in the winter, driving to work or to pick your kids up from school, and it was a tax that was going to keep going up. Meanwhile, it achieved nothing for the environment, and it was funnelling billions of dollars out of Ontario and into Quebec and California,” continued Van Geyn.

“Ending cap and trade is the right thing to do, and will make life in Ontario more affordable. At CTF, we are also excited that the Ford government will be fighting the federal government’s plans to impose a carbon tax onto Ontario voters who roundly rejected it.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Wednesday, October 31, 2018

CTF calls on Trudeau government to halt expense payments to former governors general

CTF calls on Trudeau government to halt expense payments to former governors general
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today called on the Trudeau government to immediately end the outrageous government program that allows former governors general to bill taxpayers for millions of dollars in expenses indefinitely after they have left office.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Taxpayers Federation budget submission supports Hydro investigation and calls for spending freeze

Keeyask Generation Station
WINNIPEG, MB: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is supporting the Manitoba government’s decision to review Hydro’s finances and calling for a spending freeze in its pre-budget submission. The full CTF submission is available at this LINK.

“Manitoba Hydro has wasted billions on the Bipole III project and Keeyask Generating Station and we support the government’s decision to launch an investigation to get answers for taxpayers,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “Budgets depend on accountability and an investigation into the debacle at Hydro is vital to make sure it never happens again.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Sunday, October 28, 2018

Government employees in Ontario paid 10.6 per cent higher wages than comparable private-sector worke

Government employees in Ontario paid 10.6 per cent higher wages than comparable private-sector workers
TORONTO—Government employees in Ontario received 10.6 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector last year, and enjoyed much more generous non-wage benefits, too, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Bringing government-sector compensation in line with the private sector would not only help governments in Ontario control spending without reducing services, it would also maintain fairness for taxpayers,” said Ben Eisen, Fraser Institute Senior Fellow and co-author of Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Ontario.

By Fraser Institute - Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Toronto’s Municipal Election Another Big Yawn

Toronto’s Municipal Election Another Big Yawn
Yesterday’s Toronto election was like most municipal elections, a big yawn, in the one level of government where voters rarely, if ever, manage to overturn the apple cart of the status quo.

Municipal elections are dogged by voter apathy, and have been for decades, the main reason why incumbents of the most useless kind continue to be re-elected every few years.

By Judi McLeod -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Canadian Taxpayers Federation supports review of Hydro debacles

Canadian Taxpayers Federation supports review of Hydro debacles
REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister for launching a review of multi-billion-dollar debacles at Manitoba Hydro.

“Manitoba Hydro belongs to Manitoba taxpayers and they deserve to know what happened to billions of dollars of their money,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “It would appear obvious that the former government deserves much of the ultimate blame, but taxpayers need definitive answers as to what specifically went wrong; who is specifically responsible; and, most importantly, what the current government is going to do to make sure this never happens again.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Friday, October 19, 2018

Affordable beer is great - but what’s next?

Affordable beer is great - but what's next?
Premier Doug Ford’s announcement that he was cancelling a scheduled tax increase on beer is good news.

The cancelled tax increase would have hiked the tax on beer by three cents a litre, and would have been the fourth provincial tax increase on beer in as many years, and the fourteenth beer tax increase in Ontario since 2004. These tax increases are all in addition to the federal tax on beer, which now increases automatically every year, and has been dubbed the “escalator tax” by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Friday, October 19, 2018

Taxpayers Federation responds to Financial Accountability Office report on cap and trade carbon tax

Taxpayers Federation responds to Financial Accountability Office report on cap and trade carbon tax
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is pleased with news from the Ontario Financial Accountability Office that the Ford government’s plan to cancel cap-and-trade will result in tax savings of $3 billion over the next four fiscal years.

“Cap-and-trade was an elaborate tax scheme that sucked money out of the pockets of Ontario businesses and families. Taxpayers should rejoice that their $3 billion will no longer be heading to Queen’s Park and instead will stay with the hardworking people who earned that money,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn.

The FAO stated that this loss of $3 billion in tax revenue will have a negative impact on the province’s deficit.

“Cap and trade was a new tax. It has only been in effect for about a year and a half, yet the FAO report shows how the previous government already became dependent on this new revenue. Existing taxes are never enough for governments. Governments are always going to come looking for more. Cancelling cap-and-trade now saves us money both immediately and in the long term. But the Ford government is going to have to make serious moves to reduce spending and improve Ontario’s overall financial footing.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fed.government risks ignoring existing provincial drug insurance plans in push for national program

Provincial Drug Coverage for Vulnerable Canadians
VANCOUVER—Despite widespread misperceptions, every province already provides prescription drug coverage to help Canadians—particularly seniors and lower-income Canadians—pay for pharmaceuticals, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Much of the discussion about a possible national pharmacare plan seemingly assumes there’s no existing government help for Canadians to pay for medicines they need—but that’s just not true,” said Bacchus Barua, associate director of health policy studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Provincial Drug Coverage for Vulnerable Canadians.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Taxpayers Federation raises a glass for cancelled beer tax increase

Taxpayers Federation raises a glass for cancelled beer tax increase
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is celebrating news that the provincial government is cancelling a scheduled beer tax increase that was set to take effect November 1.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Christine Van Geyn- Friday, October 12, 2018

Recent growth rate of capital investment in the U.S. more than double Canada’s

Capital Investment in Canada: An International Comparison
VANCOUVER—Canada’s anemic growth rate of capital investment—which has slowed to a 40-year low—has lagged behind growth rates in the United States and other developed countries in recent years, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Slowing rates of capital investment by business are particularly notable for Canada, which risks impeding economic growth and living standards,” said Steven Globerman, professor emeritus of economics at Western Washington University and co-author of Capital Investment in Canada: An International Comparison.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, October 11, 2018

National pharmacare is not the slam dunk its proponents claim

National pharmacare is not the slam dunk its proponents claim
Back in February, the Trudeau government announced the appointment of former Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins as chair of its “Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare.” As the council’s name suggests, the mission is to come up with a proposal for a nationwide program that will address the cost of prescription drugs.

Consultations wrapped up last month, and Hoskins is expected to report his findings sometime in spring 2019. For a government facing re-election next year, the timing is fortuitous, and it’s widely anticipated that his recommendations will form the basis for a major plank in the Liberals’ 2019 election platform.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cancelling contracts with wind, solar power providers would cut Ontario electricity bills by 24%

Cancelling contracts with wind, solar power providers would cut Ontario electricity bills by 24%
TORONTO—If the Ontario government cancelled existing contracts with renewable energy generators such as wind and solar power, it could reduce electricity bills for Ontarians by 24 per cent, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Electricity costs in Ontario skyrocketed in recent years due to poor government policies, so it’s time for meaningful reforms to reduce the burden on Ontarians,” said Ross McKitrick, economics professor at the University of Guelph, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Electricity Reform in Ontario: Getting Power Prices Down.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, October 4, 2018

Anxiety lingers over impact on impaired driving, organized crime and use among minors

Cannabis Countdown: Anxiety lingers over impact on impaired driving, organized crime and use among minors
With less than a month until the legalization of recreational marijuana, a new study from the Angus Reid Institute finds Canadians are three times as likely to say that measures in the law will fail rather than succeed (57% versus 17%) at preventing minors from accessing cannabis after October 17, and twice as likely to say they lack confidence in the ability of their community police to assess and punish those driving under the influence of marijuana (60% to 32%).

By Angus Reid Institute - Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Trump Will Tear Up the NAFTA Agreement

Trump Will Tear Up the NAFTA Agreement
Canadian Foreign Minister and chief NAFTA negotiator Chrystia Freeland once again undiplomatically thumbed her nose at U.S. President Trump, the U.S. negotiating team and GOP leaders who had wanted a trilateral NAFTA 2.0 deal with Mexico and Canada in principle by the end of September.

In the midst of critical discussions, which have obviously stalled due to Liberal pig-headedness and incompetence, Freeland left the NAFTA negotiations on Thursday to rush back to a foreign ministers meeting in Montreal for Friday.  She has no plans to return to Washington for the following week because as foreign minister she will be attending the U.N. General Assembly.

By Mitch Wolfe - Monday, September 24, 2018

With fewer cooks in the kitchen, Toronto city council will be better off

With fewer cooks in the kitchen, Toronto city council will be better off
Never underestimate the effort politicians are willing to expend to safeguard their own prerogatives.

It’s the primary explanation for the disproportionate hysteria expressed by many members of Toronto city council when faced with the prospect of losing their jobs. But for everyday Toronto taxpayers, the Ford government’s decision to shrink city council should be cause for good cheer. It will save taxpayers money, streamline municipal governance, and ultimately even be more democratic.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, September 24, 2018

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