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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.


Taxpayers applaud Kinew’s carbon tax delay to save Manitobans money

Apr 7, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers applaud Kinew's carbon tax delay to save Manitobans money
REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is applauding the Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew for doing the right thing by delaying Premier Brian Pallister’s carbon tax.

“The NDP and CTF may have different reasons for opposing the Pallister carbon tax, but, despite those differences, it’s important to keep an eye on the bottom line. Kinew’s delay of the carbon tax will save taxpayers millions,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF.


Five cuts Ontaio’s next Premier can make to save taxpayers money right away

Apr 7, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Five cuts Ontaio's next Premier can make to save taxpayers money right away
The Progressive Conservatives have a new leader in Doug Ford, who says his goal is to save taxpayers money. After years of waste and mismanagement by the Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty governments, taxpayers do indeed need relief. But the question is where to start.

Here are five easy cuts to government waste that a new government could make immediately.


Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacts to Ecofiscal Commission report on carbon taxes

Apr 4, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Ecofiscal Commission’s report on Canadians’ views on carbon taxes
OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released the following statement in response to the Ecofiscal Commission’s report on Canadians’ views on carbon taxes:


Landmark Appeal Court victory re-enforces financial transparency for First Nations

Mar 29, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Landmark Appeal Court victory re-enforces financial transparency for First Nations
REGINA, SK: Grassroots people in First Nations communities have the right to know how their leaders are spending the bands’ money, according precedent-setting Court of Appeal ruling Onion Lake Cree Nation v Charmaine Stick and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

“I’ve spent years fighting for transparency and this victory has me dancing with my kids,” said Stick. “Traditions of transparency are rooted in natural laws that apply to every leader and every level of government in every culture. This Appeal Court ruling empowers grassroots people in First Nations communities to hold their leaders accountable.”

The CTF partnered with Stick to launch a court application requiring her leaders at Onion Lake to publish audited financial statements as well as the salaries and expenses paid to chief and council as required by The First Nations Financial Transparency Act.


Tax escalator on alcohol begins on April 1, with excise taxes rising 1.5%​

Mar 29, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Tax escalator on alcohol begins on April 1, with excise taxes rising 1.5%​, No Escalator Tax campaign
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is reminding Canadians that as of Easter Sunday, April 1st, they will be paying more for beer, wine and spirits thanks to the federal government’s tax escalator on alcohol.


Ontario 2018 Budget: Bigger deficits, more spending, higher taxes

Mar 28, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Ontario 2018 Budget: Bigger deficits, more spending, higher taxes
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is highly disturbed by the budget released today by the Ontario government. There has been much speculation over the past few weeks over the size of the deficit, which was today revealed to stand at $6.7 billion. But it was also confirmed that the government plans to continue to run deficits for six years or two elections from now.

“The finance minister re-committed in November that his government would balance the budget this year. Now we are learning that instead, there will be a $6.7 billion deficit. They didn’t just miss their own target, they blew right past it. It’s like they aren’t even trying,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn.


Stop letting Wynne call it a ‘modest’ deficit

Mar 27, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Stop letting Wynne call it a modest deficit
On March 28, the Ontario government will table a budget with what Wynne is calling a “modest” deficit.

After years of committing to balance the budget, the premier is now reneging on her promise with an itsy bitsy teeny weenie deficit of just $8 billion.

In other words, Wynne is just overspending this year by $560 per person.


Canada needs more investment, not another government agency

Mar 27, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Canada needs more investment, not another government agency
Recently, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne announced the launch of Invest in Canada, a new government agency tasked with promoting Canada as an investment destination.

That makes Minister Champagne the new salesperson-in-chief of a product that hasn’t been selling very well. While the Canadian economy had a good run in 2017, this masked the fact that foreign direct investment hit its lowest level since 2010. The rollercoaster ride of the NAFTA renegotiations has exacerbated the problem, since any investor counting on Canadian investments as a way to access the broader North American market will understandably be taking a wait-and-see approach.


Yes, the Sunshine List still matters

Mar 26, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Yes, the Sunshine List still matters
Once a year the Ontario government releases the names and salaries of government employees earning a taxpayer-funded salary of over $100,000. And like clockwork, critics complain that the $100,000 threshold for this “Sunshine List” is inappropriate.

The main arguments are that the Sunshine List is that $100,000 number is too low because it hasn’t been adjusted for inflation, and that the list doesn’t allow us to measure the performance of decision makers.

Both of these criticisms are wrong.


Balanced budgets still matter to Canadians

Mar 21, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Balanced budgets still matter to Canadians, fiscal prudence
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals ran on a platform of deficit spending in the last federal election, many pundits wondered aloud whether the public would go for it.

The Conservatives (in spite of having just inched their way back to balance after six consecutive deficits) were promising to keep the books in the black. Even the NDP, which for the first time entered a federal election on more or less equal footing with the other main parties, had committed to keeping budgets balanced.


Transparency strengthened at Thunderchild First Nation

Mar 16, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Thunderchild First Nation
SASKATOON, SK: Activists from Thunderchild First Nation achieved a significant step to restore accountability and transparency after band leaders agreed to release the community’s basic financial documents. Bandmember Harrison Thunderchild partnered with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) to launch a court application seeking release of the documents—that application is now being withdrawn.


Manitoba government keeps increasing spending and increases taxes with a carbon tax

Mar 13, 2018 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Brian Pallister
WINNIPEG, MB: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the Manitoba government to provide genuine tax relief and actually control spending in the wake of its 2018 budget. Expenditures are up nearly $2 billion under this government and the tax burden is getting heavier due to a carbon tax.

“The last things Manitobans need right now are government spending hikes and more taxes, but that’s exactly what this budget delivers,” said Todd MacKay, the CTF’s Prairie Director.