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Trudeau’s broken balanced budget promise will cost us $100 billion and counting

Mar 20, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Most people don’t expect their governments to be perfect. But they do expect governments to make some effort to honour commitments, be straight with taxpayers and make the best of circumstances as they come.

In the 2015 election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised he’d run “modest” deficits for a few years, then balance the budget in 2019.

Taxpayers Federation: Budget 2019 shows Trudeau’s broken balanced budget promise will cost $10

Mar 19, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation today slammed the Trudeau government’s pre-election budget which officially left its balanced budget promise in tatters while continuing to hike spending.

“The Trudeau government has betrayed Canadians who entrusted it to manage their money responsibly,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “They are now on track to add $127 billion in new debt by 2024 – a full $100 billion more than they promised during the last election.”

Canadian Taxpayers Federation presents 21st annual Teddy Awards for government waste

Mar 13, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation today held its 21st annual Teddy Waste Awards ceremony, celebrating the best of the worst in government waste from the past year. CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick served as host along with the CTF’s pig mascot Porky the Waste Hater. The awards event took place on Parliament Hill in the West Block’s Press Conference Room.

The Teddy, a pig-shaped award given annually by the CTF to government’s worst waste offenders, is named for Ted Weatherill, a former federal appointee who was fired in 1999 for submitting a panoply of dubious expense claims, including a $700 lunch for two.

PST cut a huge victory for taxpayers

Mar 8, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

WINNIPEG, MB: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is celebrating an important victory as the Manitoba government keeps its promise to reduce the Provincial Sales Tax from 8 per cent to 7 per cent.

“Cutting the PST provides important tax relief for every single Manitoba taxpayer,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “The Canadian Taxpayers Federation fought hard for the PST cut and it’s great to see Premier Brian Pallister deliver on his cornerstone campaign promise in this budget.”

Protest convoy highlights jobs calculus

Feb 25, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

When a recent convoy of trucks rolled into Ottawa, it kicked up a cloud of controversy, but one core issue at its heart: jobs.

There are two sides to the jobs question.

On one side, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he wants to build pipelines the energy sector desperately needs. On the other side, the prime minister also promises carbon taxes and similar measures will stimulate a surge in so-called green jobs. But the convoy is a clear illustration that Canadians don’t trust Ottawa to gamble with their livelihoods.

Horwath Invokes Health Care Sacred Cow, Delivers Load of Bull

Feb 15, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

The problem with calling on sacred cows is that the result is often a load of bull. That’s what taxpayers got with the NDP’s not-so-bombshell release of leaked draft health-care legislation in Ontario.

On Jan. 31, NDP leader Andrea Horwath released draft health-care legislation her party had obtained through a leak from an Ontario bureaucrat. Horwath held a press conference where she outlined what she called the Progressive Conservatives’ secret plan to privatize health care.

It’s precisely these kinds of claims that make improving healthcare in Canada so challenging.

Canadian Taxpayers Federation corrects the record: B.C. CO2 emissions are rising

Feb 15, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

REGINA, SK.: Appearing before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal as part of the Saskatchewan government’s constitutional challenge to the Trudeau carbon tax, federal government lawyers today attacked the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s court submission that carbon dioxide emissions have continued to rise in British Columbia even though British Columbians already pay the highest carbon taxes in Canada.

Canadian Taxpayers Federation goes to court to stop Ottawa’s carbon tax

Feb 13, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation opposed the carbon tax in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal today.

“Carbon taxes will cost Canadians a lot of money without helping the environment and our lawyers made strong arguments on behalf of taxpayers in court today,” said Todd MacKay, the CTF’s Prairie Director. “We applaud the Saskatchewan government for bringing this action and giving opponents of this tax a shot at defeating it in court.”

Trudeau’s broken omnibus bill promise at the heart of his SNC-Lavalin troubles

Feb 13, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Like a character in a Greek tragedy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is suffering for perpetrating an anti-democratic abomination he once decried: an omnibus bill.

Keeping that promise may have saved him from accusations that his office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who suddenly resigned from cabinet on Tuesday, to let SNC-Lavalin negotiate a so-called remediation agreement instead of facing full prosecution for millions of dollars worth of corruption in Libya.

Liberals’ poorly designed ‘free tuition’ program like a bad tattoo

Feb 12, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Government entitlement programs are a bit like tattoos: if they turn out badly, it’s hard to get rid of them. That’s what happened with Ontario’s short-lived and failed experiment with so-called free tuition (or, more accurately, taxpayer funded tuition).

Once an entitlement is granted, recipients view it as a right and it becomes someone else’s obligation to pay for it. Rolling that entitlement back is a huge challenge, even if it has proved ineffective and unsustainable.

Taxpayers Federation Releases Ontario Prebudget Recommendations

Feb 7, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has released its pre-budget recommendations to the Ontario government in the lead up to the spring budget. The report was tabled with the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

“The number one priority of the government going into this year’s budget needs to be tackling the province’s $14.5-billion deficit,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The government must provide citizens with a timeline for a balanced budget and get it done before the next election.”

The CTF prebudget report recommends achieving this balance using a combination of spending reductions and increasing government revenue without raising taxes, for example, by privatizing the LCBO. The CTF’s prebudget report also asks the government to move ahead with tax cuts that were promised by Premier Doug Ford during the election as well as a number of measures that would improve transparency and accountability.

“The recipe for a balanced budget isn’t complicated – the government needs to reduce costs,” said Van Geyn. “We recommend a number of cost reductions such as reduced government advertising, ending corporate welfare and hydro reform.

“Ontario families are counting on the provincial government to find efficiencies so that it can deliver the tax relief that’s desperately needed.”

The full text of the 2019 CTF prebudget report is available HERE.

Canadian Taxpayers Federation launches campaign to balance the federal budget

Feb 4, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s today launched a new campaign calling on the Trudeau government to honour its 2015 election promise to balance the federal budget. The CTF’s long-nosed, honesty-in-politics mascot, Fibber, has been assigned a key role in the campaign and plans to make regular public appearances.

B.C. Legislature receipts and expense forms raise big questions for taxpayers

Jan 30, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

VANCOUVER, B.C.: After examining hundreds of actual receipts and expense statements attributed to the offices of Legislature’s Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is raising serious concerns.

“It’s hard to imagine a justification for spending taxpayers’ money on luggage, but it’s even more baffling to see a receipt that describes an expensive watch as ‘luggage,’” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director for the CTF. “Now that we’ve looked at the actual receipts, we have even more questions about taxpayers being stuck with bills for everything from high-end headphones to whiskey cakes and chauffeur services.”

Canadian Taxpayers Federation going to court to stand up for taxpayers and beer drinkers

Jan 23, 2019 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is going to court to defend taxpayers (and beer drinkers) as an intervener in the appeal of Steam Whistle v. Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, in which two out-of-province beer companies successfully challenged unconstitutional legislation imposed by the Alberta government.

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.”