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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