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Canada doesn’t need a death tax

Aug 16, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Canada doesn't need a death tax
These are challenging times for the Canadian economy. An unpredictable president to the south has contributed to uncertainty around NAFTA, while American business tax cuts have erased Canada’s longstanding competitive tax advantage as we struggle to attract foreign investment.

Even the Justin Trudeau government, which as recently as its spring budget was content to pretend all was well, finally seems to be acknowledging there’s actually a problem that needs to be tackled.


Better for Ford to lower beer tax than minimum price

Aug 13, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Better for Ford to lower beer tax than minimum price
There are few things better than a cold brew on a hot summer day, and it’s even better if you pay less for it.

Many thirsty Ontarians rejoiced recently when Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced details of his plan to get buck-a-beer into stores by Labour Day, but some brewers reacted to his plan with more tears than cheers.


Global Affairs Canada is wasting your money

Aug 10, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Global Affairs Canada is wasting your money
Would you pay $286 for a seat cushion? How about $117 for a wine glass? Or $1,000 for a chair?

Access to information documents obtained from Global Affairs Canada by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation show Canada’s diplomats used your money to furnish embassies and consulates around the world.

Some will recall the fawning reception received by a newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Global Affairs Ottawa headquarters in November 2015. Coming from supposedly non-partisan, neutral government employees, it raised more than a few eyebrows.


Should Doug Ford cut Toronto city council in half? Yes

Jul 31, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Hell hath no fury like a politician being told there will be fewer jobs for politicians.

While certain members of Toronto city council are lighting their hair on fire because they may not have a job for life, Toronto taxpayers should be rejoicing.


Taxpayers Federation welcomes reduction in size of Toronto city council

Jul 27, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) welcomed news today that Ontario Premier Doug Ford reducing the size of Toronto’s city council.


Canadian Consulate General in Hong Kong has spent $46k on tables, chairs, credenzas since June 2017

Jul 16, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released documents obtained through Access to Information showing that since June 2017, the Canadian Consulate General in Hong Kong has spent nearly $46,000 on tables, chairs and a credenza.


Taxpayers Federation applauds Throne Speech commitment to end Ontario’s carbon tax

Jul 12, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is applauding today’s speech from the throne, which committed the government to introducing legislation that would end Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon tax.



 


Global Affairs Canada has spent $127k on crystal glass and stemware since 2016

Jul 10, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released documents obtained through Access to Information by the CTF showing that since 2016, Global Affairs Canada has spent more than $127,000 on crystal glassware.

“Apparently it is not possible to find wine glasses or champagne flutes in such places as London, Geneva or Hong Kong,” said Wudrick. “This is what happens when our diplomats choose expensive, customized items and ship them around the globe at great cost to taxpayers.

In total, Global Affairs bought 1,032 glasses at an average cost of $117 apiece. High-end Tiffany’s sells crystal wine glasses for $55 each.

“It’s crazy that the government could actually save money by shopping at Tiffany’s for their wine glasses,” said Wudrick. “It’s crystal clear that $117 glasses are a big waste of taxpayers’ money.”

To view the documents obtained by the CTF under the Access to Information Act click here.


¡Ay, caramba! Global Affairs Canada spent $24k on 86 cushions for Canadian embassy in Mexico Ci

Jul 9, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Global Affairs Canada spent $24k on 86 cushions for Canadian embassy in Mexico City
OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released documents obtained through Access to Information by the CTF showing that in 2016, Global Affairs Canada spent $24,638 to purchase 86 seat cushions for the Canadian embassy in Mexico City.

“Canadian diplomats in Mexico may be sitting well on $286 cushions, but this definitely won’t sit well with Canadian taxpayers,” said Wudrick. “This government needs to get spending under control, and from the looks of it, Global Affairs would be a great place to start.”

Wudrick noted that quick online search for seat cushions priced as low as $17, with most in the $50 range. The cost for the cushions did not include shipping from Regina to Mexico.

“With the Trudeau government running a $17 billion deficit, bureaucrats can sit on regular cushions like everyone else,” suggested Wudrick.

To view the documents obtained by the CTF under the Access to Information Act click here.


Doug Ford keeping carbon-tax promise to Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Jun 15, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Doug Ford keeping carbon-tax promise to Canadian Taxpayers Federation
TORONTO, ON: Today Premier-designate Doug Ford announced he is keeping his promise to taxpayers by making the first act of his new cabinet to cancel cap-and-trade and challenging the federal carbon tax.

On February 10, Mr. Ford signed a pledge with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) committing him to both these policy moves.




Doug Ford’s 1st Move Must Be To Kill Wynne’s Carbon Tax

Jun 14, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Doug Ford's 1st Move Must Be To Kill Wynne's Carbon Tax
“I’ll put more money in your pocket.”

It’s a promise that Doug Ford made repeatedly during the campaign, and now that he is taking the reins of power, it’s a promise he needs to follow through on. Ontario has become an increasingly expensive place to live, and premier-elect Ford’s decisive victory shows that his message of saving taxpayer money is one that resonated with voters.


How Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horwath completely undermine their claims about carbon taxes

Jun 1, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

How Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horwath completely undermine their claims about carbon taxes
This article was previously published by the Financial Post

If fighting climate change is a priority for Ontario politicians, they have a funny way of showing it.

Whether the cap-and-trade carbon tax should be kept or scrapped is a key issue in the Ontario provincial election, with Andrew Horwath and Kathleen Wynne in favour of keeping it, and PC leader Doug Ford in favour of repeal.


Record high gas prices show need for gas tax reform

May 18, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Record high gas prices show need for gas tax reform
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling for gas tax reforms in Ontario in light of record high gas prices in the province, and calling on the candidates in the provincial election to bring forward policies to ease pain at the pumps.

“Gas prices are the highest they’ve been in four years, and the Wynne government has made these costs higher by bringing in the cap and trade carbon tax,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “Ford is taking the issue of gas prices seriously by committing to eliminating cap and trade and reducing the provincial excise tax. It’s one of the most dramatic promises to make gas prices affordable we’ve seen in Canada. Wynne and Horwath should take notice and follow suite.”


Corporate welfare and the gullible governments who pay it

May 14, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Corporate welfare and the gullible governments who pay it
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne visited a Toyota plant to announce they were contributing $220 million towards a $1.4 billion investment by the company to create some 450 jobs (which works out to an eye-popping $488,888 subsidy per job.)

The justification for such gifts is familiar: taxpayers ‘need’ to provide these kinds of ‘incentives’ for Toyota, lest it take its plant and jobs elsewhere. We’re supposed to believe that Toyota—which five days later announced a record global profit of $29 billion—was prepared to abandon a Canadian plant in which it had already invested billions of its own money, and was readying to put in a billion more, unless our pliable politicians ponied up the pork.


Canadian Taxpayers Federation joining legal fights to stop the carbon tax and build the pipeline

May 7, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Canadian Taxpayers Federation joining legal fights to stop the carbon tax and build the pipeline
REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) will seek standing as an intervener in the Saskatchewan government’s court fight against the carbon tax. The CTF will also seek intervener status to oppose the British Columbia government’s effort to block pipelines in the courts.


First Nations activist forces Onion Lake Cree Nation to provide financial transparency

May 2, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Chief Wallace Fox made $123,000 in 2015 and got a raise of $27,692 for a total of $150,692 in 2016
REGINA, SK: After multiple wins in court, Charmaine Stick, an activist from Onion Lake Cree Nation, and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) have successfully forced Onion Lake’s leaders to publish the band’s basic financial information.

“I was so excited to read the financial statements, but then I’d get so mad I’d have to take a break and cool off,” said Stick. “Our chief gave himself a nice raise while lots of people on the reserve are struggling. Now that we have the numbers, our leaders are going to have to start answering tough questions.”

The documents show that Chief Wallace Fox made $123,000 in 2015 and got a raise of $27,692 for a total of $150,692 in 2016. The national average for a chief’s salary is $58,856.


You’re almost out of time to read the Income Tax Act before filing deadline: CTF

Apr 26, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

You're almost out of time to read the Income Tax Act before filing deadline: CTF
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is reminding Canadians that with only a few days left to the April 30 income tax filing deadline, it may already be too late to try and read the federal Income Tax Act. That’s because it’s 3,302 pages long – that’s 1,101,499 words – and would take the average reader more than 61 hours to read.


Carbon Taxes: The Washington state experience

Apr 24, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Carbon Taxes: The Washington state experience
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has launched a cross-country tour with Todd Myers, Director for the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center, to share lessons from his state’s experience with carbon taxes.


Nationalizing the Trans Mountain pipeline is a terrible idea

Apr 17, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Nationalizing the Trans Mountain pipeline is a terrible idea
When Kinder Morgan announced on Apr. 8 that it was suspending all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley immediately floated the idea of the Alberta government buying an equity stake in the pipeline. Even her political opponent, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney, agreed, arguing that a “market failure” justified the use of putting taxpayer money into the project.

Notley soon went further, suggesting that she was prepared to have the province buy the project outright, while the federal government also got into the act by emphasizing the need to “de-risk” Kinder Morgan investors.


Canadians might be okay with carbon taxes - until they see the price

Apr 11, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Canadians might be okay with carbon taxes - until they see the price
This column originally appeared in the Financial Post

Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission released a report on carbon pricing last week along with survey results from polling firm Abacus Data gauging Canadians’ support for fighting climate change.

The results were not earth shattering. Most Canadians believe climate change is real and caused by human activity. Most think governments should take “action” to combat it. And most of them don’t know much about carbon prices.