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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.


Taxpayers Federation reacts to passage of Cap and Trade Cancelation Act

Oct 31, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is thrilled that today the Ontario government passed Bill 4, The Cap and Trade Cancelation Act.

“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.

Cap and trade came into effect on January of 2018, and used a complex system of carbon credits that Ontario businesses were required to buy and could trade between one another and with businesses in Quebec and California.

“Cap and trade was a tax on the necessities of life. It was a tax on heating your home in the winter, driving to work or to pick your kids up from school, and it was a tax that was going to keep going up. Meanwhile, it achieved nothing for the environment, and it was funnelling billions of dollars out of Ontario and into Quebec and California,” continued Van Geyn.

“Ending cap and trade is the right thing to do, and will make life in Ontario more affordable. At CTF, we are also excited that the Ford government will be fighting the federal government’s plans to impose a carbon tax onto Ontario voters who roundly rejected it.”


CTF calls on Trudeau government to halt expense payments to former governors general

Oct 31, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

CTF calls on Trudeau government to halt expense payments to former governors general
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today called on the Trudeau government to immediately end the outrageous government program that allows former governors general to bill taxpayers for millions of dollars in expenses indefinitely after they have left office.


Taxpayers Federation budget submission supports Hydro investigation and calls for spending freeze

Oct 28, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Keeyask Generation Station
WINNIPEG, MB: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is supporting the Manitoba government’s decision to review Hydro’s finances and calling for a spending freeze in its pre-budget submission. The full CTF submission is available at this LINK.

“Manitoba Hydro has wasted billions on the Bipole III project and Keeyask Generating Station and we support the government’s decision to launch an investigation to get answers for taxpayers,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “Budgets depend on accountability and an investigation into the debacle at Hydro is vital to make sure it never happens again.”


Canadian Taxpayers Federation slams Trudeau’s plan to impose carbon tax on Ontario

Oct 23, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Canadian Taxpayers Federation slams Trudeau's plan to impose carbon tax on Ontario
TORONTO, ON: Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Ontario Director Christine Van Geyn released the following statement in response to the announcement this morning that Prime Minister Trudeau would be imposing a federal carbon tax on Ontarians:


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.”