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Canadian Taxpayers Federation supports review of Hydro debacles

Oct 19, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.”


Affordable beer is great - but what’s next?

Oct 19, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


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

Oct 17, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.”


Canadian Taxpayers Federation delivers scissors to Morneau to help him cut spending

Oct 15, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Canadian Taxpayers Federation delivers scissors to Morneau to help him cut spending
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) delivered a pair of oversized scissors to Finance Canada today to encourage Finance Minister Bill Morneau to start cutting spending.

 


Taxpayers Federation raises a glass for cancelled beer tax increase

Oct 12, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


National pharmacare is not the slam dunk its proponents claim

Oct 9, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


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

Sep 24, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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.


Manitoba needs to cancel its corporate welfare credit card

Sep 18, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Manitoba needs to cancel its corporate welfare credit card
Like an overly enthusiastic shopper with a maxed-out credit card, the Manitoba government is on a corporate welfare spending spree that it simply can’t afford.

Premier Brian Pallister just stopped by a new Canada Goose facility in Winnipeg with a gift of almost $1.5 million in taxpayers’ money. The government says money will support the “onboarding and technical training of the new sewing machine operators.” In other words, Manitoba taxpayers are paying Canada Goose $1.5 million to hire people to sew thousand-dollar luxury coats.


Getting the Trans Mountain expansion back on track

Sep 10, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Getting the Trans Mountain expansion back on track
For Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Federal Court of Appeal’s recent decision to overturn approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was a political thunderbolt that instantly derailed progress on one of his government’s most critical files. Luckily for the purveyor of sunny ways, the storm clouds came with a silver lining: a careful reading of the decision also offers some guidance on how his government can get Trans Mountain back on track.

There have been no shortage of twists and turns on the pipeline front for Trudeau. Having directly or indirectly killed off alternative pipeline proposals and under immense pressure to get one built, he proceeded to buy a way out of the problem, and in so doing shifted the project’s risks from Kinder Morgan shareholders onto the backs of Canadian taxpayers.


Refresh the national shipbuilding strategy? Yes, please

Sep 8, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Refresh the national shipbuilding strategy
In June 2010, the Stephen Harper government announced the long-awaited National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. It was a $38-billion strategy to commission up to 28 vessels from two Canadian shipyards—Seaspan in Vancouver and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding.

Unfortunately, as is so often the case with government strategies, things haven’t gone according to plan. By 2017, the Parliamentary Budget Office had estimated the cost of the shipbuilding program had leapt to at least $62 billion with further increases expected as projects get pushed farther off into the future, all while our navy languishes without re-supply and refuelling capabilities.


80% of government employees have guaranteed pensions compared to just 10% of private sector workers

Aug 29, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Labour Day Reality Check
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released an analysis of federal pensions based on data compiled by Statistics Canada, which shows that risky defined-benefit pensions are vanishing in the private sector, but remain overwhelmingly common within government.

“This data provides support for a widespread sentiment: that government employees get very risky, very generous pensions, paid for by people without pensions,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “Government employee unions like to crow about their success in cajoling government into enriching their members – but always avoid mentioning it comes at the expense of Canadian taxpayers.”


Time to investigate the gravity of scandalous waste

Aug 24, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Time to investigate the gravity of scandalous waste,
Keeyask is one of the Hydro projects with a cost that’s grown massively and is now expected to come in $4.2 billion over the initial projection.Handout/Manitoba Hydro

It’s funny to wonder how many apples fell on heads before one sparked Isaac Newton’s curiosity about gravity.

Here’s a less humorous question: when will a Manitoba scandal spark the curiosity of a provincial politician?


Truckers getting carbon tax ticket while big emitters get a pass

Aug 23, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

The carbon tax must be making Manitoba truckers feel like they’re getting pulled over and fined, even though they’re just doing their jobs, while corporate-types race by and get a friendly wave from government.

The unfairness of a carbon tax is becoming clear. Families are wondering why they’ll be punished for filling up their run-of-the-mill minivans when hybrid equivalents are unaffordable at twice the price. Small businesses are wondering why they’ll be pushed for heating with natural gas when Manitoba Hydro’s electricity rates are rising indefinitely. But truckers provide a particularly poignant example of unfairness.


Six reforms that would improve accountability in Ontario politics

Aug 23, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Something needs to be done to repair the breach of trust between Ontario’s citizens and our political leaders. The new Ford government should take tangible steps early in their mandate to restore public trust. Accountability reforms are best made in the early days of a government, when idealism is high, and self-interest low (or at least lower). Here are six accountability reforms that the new Ford government should implement:


Taxpayers Federation granted leave to intervene in court battle over size of Toronto city council

Aug 22, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers Federation granted leave to intervene in court battle over size of Toronto city council,
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has won the right to stand up for taxpayers in the court fight to reduce the size and cost of Toronto city hall.

The Ontario Superior Court granted the CTF leave to intervene and present arguments in Achampong v Ontario. In this case, Rocco Achampong, a candidate in the 2018 municipal election, is challenging The Better Local Government Act, which reduces the size of Toronto city council from a planned 47 wards to 25 wards.


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.