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Taxpayers Federation Applauds OSAP and Tuition Changes

Jan 19, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.”


Canadian Taxpayers Federation delivers petition demanding expenses for governors general be cut off

Jan 16, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation today delivered a petition signed by more than 46,000 Canadians calling on the Trudeau government to put an end to a decades-old policy that allows former governors general to bill taxpayers for their expenses.


It’s time to tear down 24 Sussex

Jan 16, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

It's time to tear down 24 Sussex
Imagine your house was 150 years old, and hadn’t seen major renovations in 50 years.

Imagine it still had asbestos in the walls—that are also cracking in at least six spots—and that there’s water damage throughout. Imagine ancient electrical wiring and deficient plumbing. Imagine it being too hot in the summer, and too cold in the winter. Imagine spending hundreds of thousands of dollars just to keep the heat and lights on, and the snow in the driveway shovelled.


B.C. emissions going up despite Canada’s highest carbon tax

Jan 3, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

B.C. emissions going up despite Canada's highest carbon tax
VANCOUVER, B.C.: British Columbia’s carbon dioxide emissions continue to go up year over year, even though British Columbians pay the highest carbon tax in Canada.

“Politicians tell us that we are forking over our money in a carbon tax to reduce CO2 emissions, however, that’s not what’s happening, all this is doing is taking a bigger bite of our paycheques,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “The carbon tax costs everyday people a lot of money, and it’s not reducing CO2 emissions, so why are we doing this?”

 


CTF Releases New Year’s Tax Changes for 2019

Dec 27, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

CTF Releases New Year's Tax Changes for 2019
OTTAWA, ON: Today the Canadian Taxpayers Federation released its annual New Year’s Tax Changes report that highlights the increase to Canadian Pension Plan rates.

“Hiking CPP rates leaves taxpayers with less money to put into other savings options that could be used to help pay for further education or a first home,” said Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director for the CTF. “And this year’s hike is just the start as Ottawa is planning to raise CPP rates every year for five years.”


Taxpayers Federation launches billboard thanking Premier Ford for ending the carbon tax

Dec 19, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.”


Taxpayers Federation demands real action for energy sector instead of corporate welfare

Dec 19, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.”


Ontario comptroller goes down with her failed accounting methods

Dec 14, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


Auditor General’s Naughty List is Ford’s To-Do List

Dec 7, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


Taxpayers Fed. slams Toronto City Council vote to double councillor budgets and possible salary hike

Dec 5, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is slamming today’s vote at Toronto City Hall where councillors voted 18-8 in favour of doubling their office budgets from $241,000 to $482,000.


Auditor General report is a “to-do” list for Premier Ford

Dec 5, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


Will governments ever learn their lesson on corporate welfare?

Dec 3, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


Taxpayers Federation stands with Ontario as it challenges Ottawa’s carbon tax in court

Nov 30, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers Federation stands with Ontario as it challenges Ottawa’s carbon tax in court
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is standing with the Ontario government as it challenges the federal government’s proposed carbon tax at the Court of Appeal.

“Premier Doug Ford is standing up for Ontario taxpayers by taking Ottawa to court to block a federally imposed carbon tax,” said Christine Van Geyn, the CTF’s Ontario Director. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t provide evidence to show a carbon tax will help the environment. But we do know that this new tax will give the government more power to suck money out of the wallets of Ontario families and businesses, and this is a tax that will keep going up over time.


Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to corporate welfare handout to Maple Leaf Foods

Nov 27, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to corporate welfare handout to Maple Leaf Foods
OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released the following statement in response to today’s joint federal-provincial announcement of a $62.5 million taxpayer subsidy to Maple Leaf Foods:

“Canadian and Ontario taxpayers just found out they’re getting the opportunity to make an involuntary donation of $62 million to a profitable, private business.

 


Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to news regarding General Motors’ Oshawa plant closure

Nov 26, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to news regarding General Motors' Oshawa plant closure
OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released the following statement in response to today’s General Motors announcement that it will be ceasing all operations at its Oshawa plant:

“Ten years ago, Canadian taxpayers were forced to spend billions to bail out multinational automakers. That transaction ultimately left taxpayers with a $3.7 billion loss. As GM’s announcement today proves, the billions taken from taxpayers didn’t provide long-term protection for Canadian jobs.

“Job losses are always hard and governments are right to be seized with finding ways to help workers get through a tough time. But what is absolutely clear is that giving multinational corporations taxpayer bailouts is not the solution.”


Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to federal Fall Economic Statement

Nov 21, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.

 


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

Nov 21, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


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

Nov 16, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.”


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

Nov 7, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


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

Nov 5, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


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