Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tax Cut on Wednesday, $50k Club Details Released

Business Tax Cut on Wednesday

Many businesses in Manitoba will benefit from a reduction to the provincial business income tax rate tomorrow. The rate will be reduced from 13% to 12% and was reaffirmed in the March, 2009 budget.

Two thumbs up for not wavering from this commitment despite the economic slowdown.

Although Manitoba has the dubious distinction of being known as a high tax jurisdiction and needs to address many other areas of taxation (i.e. school taxes, payroll taxes, personal income taxes), it's important to give the government a good pat on the back for this reduction.

For further details, click here.

Who Makes Over $50k at the City of Winnipeg? - Report Released Today

As part of their annual reporting requirements, the City of Winnipeg released the "2008 Compensation Disclosure Report". The report includes the names of employees at the City of Winnipeg that received over $50,000 in salary and taxable benefits (i.e. car allowance) for the year 2008.

To give the report a read, click here.

Canada Should Emulate USA Disclosure Site

The federal government in the United States has launched a disclosure site that allows taxpayers to examine and analyze federal spending and give feedback. http://it.usaspending.gov/ is a fantastic window into government spending that Ottawa should emulate.

Friday, June 26, 2009

10 per cent tax for Sask?

Enterprise Saskatchewan has recommended that the "Land of Living Skies" phase in a 10% flat tax for personal and corporate income. This would be a fantastic idea. We have advocated a single rate of 11% for years with a higher basic personal exemption. The exemption was raised by $4,000 last year, and now a single rate tax could be on the way.

The report can be read here. The section on "Tax competitiveness" begins on page 9. This excerpt makes the case well:

Rather than increasing revenue to the Province, high taxation can drive revenue away. This is already evident when comparing the high end of personal income tax in Saskatchewan (15%) with that of Alberta (10%); the 5% discrepancy has motivated some high-income earners in the province to find ways to divert their income into our neighbouring province.

It also discourages top income earners in all disciplines from moving into Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan’s marginal personal tax rates on labour income and savings, especially for individuals with modest incomes, are high. There is sound evidence to show high marginal tax rates deter people from investing in education, discourage savings and negatively impact on an individual’s decision to become a self-employed entrepreneur. High taxes also act as a deterrent to reporting income.

Ironically, lowering personal income taxes (PIT) could in fact lead to increased overall tax revenue.

One department...one company...one hundred thousand dollars worth of promo items

Last year the CTF documented how over $4 million was spent by Manitoba Crown Corporations and various other boards and agencies on promotional giveaway items - even though most enjoy monopolies.

This year we looked into how much one department - the Department of Competitiveness, Training and Trade - has been spending on promo items.

From January 1, 2006 to February 3, 2009, the Department purchased a little over $100,000 worth of promo items from just one company.

Here are some of the highlights:

18,000+ Pens and highlighters
14,000 Tatoos
240 Navy conference bags
525 Tote bags
25 Designer business card holders
1,000 Wristbands
251 Swivel flash drives
9 Techno lite reversible vests
9 Denim shirts
9 Microfibre fleeces
9 Mens mini Ottoman polos
2,500 Lip balms
86 Executive umbrellas
1 "Underarm portfolio black navigator supple leather"

The FOI response, inluding copies of all receipts can be viewed here:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Carbon offsets a bad gamble

Don Braid of the Calgary Herald explains why Ottawa's cap-and-trade plan, like the federal gun registry, has trouble written all over it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Smoking Is Cool Again

Well no, I supose that's a lie, but US President Barrack Obama was pretty cool in his answer regarding his own habbits in light of a new nanny-state law south of the border. Considering Canadian politicians fall over themselves trying to be seen in the same room as the Commander-In-Chief, I wonder if anyone north of the border will give in to peer preasure and light up.

All the cool leaders are doin' it.

Global Warming Alarmists Slammed

Yesterday, both Vancouver newspapers ran alarmist articles warning about the catastrophe that will befall us should the government not spend billions of our tax dollars to 'do something' about global warming.

My response, not included in today's Province letter to the editor section was: Dr. Andrew Weaver says no one listens to his cry of 'the rain is coming.' Perhaps that's because his cry would be more aptly described as 'the sky is falling.' A March 2009 Gallup Poll in the US showed that 41% of Americans say global warming is exaggerated in the mainstream media, the highest level in a decade of polling. In fact, it is the only issue where public concern has dropped considerably in the past year. The climate changes, always has, always will, and no amount of tax dollars wasted because of the cries of chicken littles will change that.

The two letters published in the Province show that people are not fooled by the alarmist agenda:

One entitled "Tiresome diatribe" started off with this: While few would dispute we all have a role to playing in reducing our carbon footprint, your article "Warmer Wilder Weather" is yet another example of the doomsday predictions concocted by our global-warming pundits.

The other, entitled "Justifying the carbon tax" started like this:
Having just turned our furnace on after mid June for the first time in 30 years, a little warming will be appreciated.

Read the letters here

Monday, June 22, 2009

Double Standard for Doer's Scandal

Gotta love double standards. Governments can be ruthless with taxpayers who don't pay their bills, but as we recently learned, a political party (Manitoba's NDP) is being let off the hook for repaying tax dollars it appears it received illegitimately. See here for details.

Basically, the NDP cooked their books during the 1999 election by counting volunteer time from unions as expenses. As political parties are reimburse by the government with fifty cents for every dollar they spend during an election, this scheme provided the NDP with $76,000 of taxpayer money it wasn't eligible to receive.

Although the NDP were forced to repay the taxpayer dollars they received illegitimately during the 1999 election, it appears they haven't repaid taxpayer money from previous elections. This despite an NDP cabinet minister and an official agent stating the scheme had gone on for years prior to that election.

If you're thinking it's too late to go after taxpayer money handed out during the 1995, 1990, 1988 or 1986 elections, consider section 6 of the Canada Revenue Agency's Information Circular IC75-7R3.

Basically, the feds have the ability to go in and reassess taxpayers at any time if they feel a taxpayer has made "misrepresentation attributable to neglect, carelessness or wilful default or has committed fraud under the Income Tax Act."

As you'll note, they can also assess interest and penalties.

Again, taxpayers can get raked over the coals for bills they don't pay, but it looks as though there's a separate set of rules for political parties.

Domed stadium panned by Star Phoenix

An editorial in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix sides with the CTF stance on a proposed domed stadium in Regina.

Even at a time when stimulus-obsessed politicians are tossing around hundreds of millions of dollars as if the day of reckoning will never come, the idea of building a domed stadium in Regina is a dream that needs a quick reality check.

It can start with Saskatchewan residents demanding to see the findings of a $70,000 feasibility study on a 35,000-seat "indoor entertainment complex," especially when a Regina city councillor with close ties to the Wall government is speaking as if the dome might be a done deal.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's Saskatchewan director, Lee Harding, was right to express concern by noting Coun. Jocelyn Hutchinson's comment on a radio show that the indoor stadium "will be a great link between downtown and the entertainment district."

Given the projected cost of such a domed structure is in the range of some $350 million -- money that mostly will have to come courtesy of taxpayers via their municipal, provincial and federal governments, its proponents need to present a viable business case that covers not just the capital costs of the facility but its operating costs as well.

Wind power can't be counted on

Wind power is like an employee you can't count on. When they're working, great, but you always have to have enough reliable workers as if that spare tire wasn't even there.

Hank Petranic, VP for natural gas and power transmission for TransCanada Corp inadvertently proved that after speaking to representatives of 11 U.S. States and 5 Canadian provinces. He told the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix,

"You sell wind power when it's blowing and hold the water behind the dams; and when it's not blowing you let the water go behind the dam. Those are the kind of synergies you could have if you were part of a bigger market"...
Either way, you need the hydro-electric plant! So what good is the wind?

Red Ball Confrontation

Shortly after the Red Ball video above was posted, our You Tube channel was shut down permanently for copyright violations. Whether there is any indirect link to the timing of the complaints by the third party and our Red Ball video is not known.

Nevertheless, the video of Kevin Gaudet versus Kurt Perschke is back. Watch it and pass it on quick! Who knows what will happen next.

Friday, June 19, 2009

RCMP Investigating NDP

According to the CBC, the RCMP is investigating the Saskatchewan NDP after allegations surfaced that party membership documents were forged.

As it was recently revealed that election documents were altered by NDP brass here in Manitoba so the party could receive $76,000 in taxpayer rebates, one has to wonder if Manitoba's NDP is next?

Maybe then taxpayers will find out the truth to the growing cheque swapping scandal. After all, taxpayers still deserve the following answers:

1) How many taxpayer dollars did the NDP receive through the illegitimate scheme?
2) Why did Elections Manitoba sweep the cheque swapping scandal under the rug, but prosecute another party's candidate for a relatively minor infraction?
3) What exactly is contained within Elections Manitoba's documentation from its investigation?

And more...

Hopefully Elections Manitoba will cooperate...but don't hold your breath.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Taxpayer-funded red ball in Toronto

This year's annual Luminato festival in Toronto features an inflatable red ball. The festival has received $25 million from all three levels of government over the past three years. This left Kevin Gaudet asking Red Ball creator Kurt Purschke if the expense is justified RIGHT in front of the ball! Purschke is not impressed with the CTF's statement and takes down a sign that Gaudet posted.

Backdoor shenanigans to prevent gun registry vote

MP Scott Reid explains how government efforts to scrap the long gun registry are being thwarted behind closed doors by opposition parties. The Bloc, NDP, and Liberals are using their power at the committee level so the issue could be declared "non-votable" in the House of Commons.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Deep Forest of Bailouts

Two for you, one for me, and if by chance we don’t agree, bailouts for everyone and more taxes and debt for me.

We naysayers who warned long ago that bailouts for one corporate welfare bum would inevitably lead to bailouts for every Tom, Dick, Harry… Moe, Curly and Larie, are right, again. It was therefore with little surprise that the federal government has caved in - again - and is now pledging a new $1 billion for the forestry sector.

But whats that? The union isn’t happy and is uterly ungrateful to the already fleeced Canadian taxpayer? We could never have guessed that after the union bosses of the CAW equally showed its appreciation.

The Conservatives need to realize that this is not only bad policy (they likely do), but that this is also bad politics. They have now bailed out every corporate welfare bum on Wellington Street, but they have seldom been this far down in the polls.

Taking a stand against this parade of special interests and reigning in spending would surely have been a better course to follow, for policy and polls.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Auto Bailout like a $14,705 tax on competitors' vehicles

Mark Milke, a former CTF director, explains.

Investigation Required Over Liberal Senate Efforts to Buy Election Software

Here’s a question: Why did the unelected Canadian Liberal Senate Caucus try to purchase voter tracking software?

More reasons that Senators should be elected...

A letter from Liberal Senate Caucus (LSC) representative Grant Mitchell to the Board of Internal Economy reveals that in March 2009, the Liberal Senate Caucus (LSC) sought approval to use the taxpayer-funded budget for the purchase of Voter Activation Network (VAN) software at a cost of $60,000. Read the letter HERE.

VAN is the voter tracking software reportedly used by the Liberal Party of Canada, by many U.S. Senators and the Obama campaign.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Senator Mitchell outlines plans for the software to “link to the voter file to maintain data integrity.” The Elections Act clearly prohibits such a use by a Senator and a Senate Caucus. The voter list is only to be used for Members “communicating with his or her electors” and “soliciting contributions for the registered party and recruiting party members” (S. 110 (1) and (2)); neither of which is allowed by a Senator.

The MOU establishes an exclusivity agreement with the Liberal Party of Canada – a political partisan entity. Senators are not to be using taxpayer-funded budgets for partisan political activities. This same concern applies for the LSC representatives who attended Somerville, MA February 3rd, 2009 to view the software. Who attended on this trip? Did taxpayers pay for this trip, or did the Liberal Party of Canada?

Unelected Senators have no business trying to use taxpayer money towards partisan political activities. It is only with investigations by Elections Canada, the BOIE, and the Senate Ethics Officer that taxpayers can be reassured that their money hasn’t been misused, and that the LSC is properly protecting privacy of voters list data.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Capture the belches, bag the cowpies

The federal government is at it at both ends. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been spent researching how to feed cows less methane. Now a sequel. One million tax dollars have now gone into studies at the University of Saskatchewan to INCREASE methane in cows. Western Economic Diversification Canada, Saskatchewan Agriculture and Natural Resources Canada have all chipped in.

Researchers are bagging the poo and then adding a biological fermenter to increase the methane. That way they can burn it off and produce more power and heat in the production of ethanol. Never mind the fact that ethanol itself takes six times the energy and resources to produce than it saves when used. Oh the efforts to save the polar ice caps...which are actually growing...Groan.

Complaint filed with Manitoba Ombudsman

Following Manitoba Hydro's refusal to release details of expenses incurred during negotiations for the Keeyask dam project, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation filed a complaint today with the Manitoba Ombudsman's office.

Further, the CTF forwarded a copy of the complaint to Culture Minister Eric Robinson and once again called on the government to eliminate a recent legislative change that will allow governments to refuse requests by the public for documents that involve First Nations governments.

Below is the email that was sent to Minister Robinson.

Dear Minister Robinson,

Attached is a complaint that was filed today by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) with the Manitoba Ombudsman’s office. The complaint was filed after a CTF freedom of information request was rejected by Manitoba Hydro.

You will note in Manitoba Hydro’s April 17, 2009 response that it is using new legislation, which allows a public body to refuse disclosure of information that involve First Nation governments, as grounds for denying access to Keeyask dam expense details.

However, as you are aware, the new legislation that Manitoba Hydro cited as grounds for refusing access, has not been proclaimed. Therefore it is not yet law.

As the CTF, the Provincial Council of Women and concerned first nations band members predicted in a September 9, 2008 meeting with yourself and department staff, the new legislation is being used to withhold important information from the public. In this case, it is to the detriment of both Manitoba Hydro ratepayers and first nation band members that are trying to gain insight into how millions of dollars have been spent.

As the dangerous implications of the new legislation are now clear, the CTF once again requests that you remove the clauses which make it harder for all Manitobans, including first nations band members, to learn how public funds are being spent in aboriginal communities.

Thank you for considering this matter.


Colin Craig
Manitoba Director - Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Federal Handout to Tim McGraw

$900,000 from the Canadian federal government for a stage for Tim McGraw. Stimulus?

The Shout Heard Round the World

Doubtless, many have seen this YouTube video by now, but I am continually inspired by the power of Daniel Hannan’s words as he drags Gordon Brown across the carpet. His “Devalued Prime Minister of a Devalued Government” speech, sometimes referred to as the “Shout Heard Round the World” is hailed by many as the makings of a liberty superstar of international proportions. It is perverse that this blistering attack on deficits, nationalization, over-regulation and statism was delivered in the EU Parliament, the very symbol of those plagues on modern economies.

It would be presumptive to say that this was the speech that signalled a shift in public opinion against the kind of policies we see taking hold in the UK, US, Canada and many other OECD countries, but his words encapsulate the anger of a growing silent majority.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Carbon Capture Won't Do It: Prentice

Environment Minister Jim Prentice admits that carbon capture projects won't be enough to minimize greenhouse gas emissions in the oil sands. Just the same, the government wants to reduce emissions to 20 per cent below 2006 levels by the year 2020.

"CCS is not the silver bullet in the oil sands," Mr. Prentice told The Globe and Mail's editorial board.

"It's important, but it is really in the upgrading of bitumen that CCS has more promise, rather than in the mining or in situ production," he said.

The industry will have to rely mainly on "other technologies" to reduce emissions at the production sites, he said.

The oil sands represents the fastest-growing source of emissions in Canada. Without dramatic mitigation efforts, Canada will find it nearly impossible to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent from 2006 levels by 2020, according to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, a government-appointed advisory group.

Mr. Prentice said he intends to spell out the government's policy on greenhouse gas emissions for each industry, including the oil sands, before the Copenhagen climate change conference in December, where countries hope to hammer out a global climate change agreement.

He then expects to unveil next year the actual regulations, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2011.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Big Brother, Big Pizza Bill

The former Liberal government in Ottawa floated the idea of a National ID card, but it didn't go over too well. The ACLU is fighting the same thing in the U.S., as this funny video shows.

Tale of Two Papers

It's interesting how the Edmonton Sun can say CTF comments are well-founded and, on the same day, the Edmonton Journal can call us "kooks". This c/o Google.

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What a terrible, terrible, waste of our money
Edmonton Sun - Alberta, Canada
Hennig's dripping sarcasm, outlined in his latest column for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, is well-founded. Edmonton's bid for a junior-scale Expo is ...
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Stalled Quarters project needs two things to get it going
Edmonton Journal - Edmonton,Alberta,Canada
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What the GM Bailout REALLY Cost

Andrew Coyne explains it well in MacLeans: "We'll pay for this bailout for years". Some "highlights":

Federal and Ontario governments gave $10.6 billion: 1/5 as much as the U.S.

Canada and Ontario will have 11.7% equity in the company, paying $9 billion for an equity stake worth $58 million.

The governments have pledged to sell off their stake a little at a time over the next nine years. If the stock grows 5 times in value over those years, the return will only be two cents on the dollar.

GM and Chrysler will sell 400,000 vehicles in Canada. Each one was subsidized by $32,000, which is more than the average price of a new car.

After GM finishes restructuring, will directly employ just 5,500 workers. The cost for each job saved is almost $2 million.

The $13 billion overall bailout is equal to two points of the GST.

GM could have declared bankruptcy six months ago but didn't. In the meantime, it has lost almost $100 million per day. Canadian bailout money doesn't even offset that.

No one can say the CTF didn't try to stop this madness.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Daniel Hannan: The BNP is a Far-Left Party / CBC: BNP is a Far-Right Party

The CBC is reporting that the BNP - which made a breakthrough in yesterdays's EU elections - is a "far-right party". So: nationalizing industries, running factories through 'workers councils', protectionism and staunch resistence to privatization is "far right"? What then is the 'centre-right' that opposes bailouts, supports private ownership of industry and promotes free trade?

For some sober, clear comentary on what the BNP is, listen to what Daniel Hannan, a British MEP (Member of European Parliament) has to say.

Where the PCPO Candidates Stand on Policy

Here is a brief on where the leadership candidates for the Ontario Conservatives stand as per their responses to a survey from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Please note that Christine Elliot did not return a completed survey, but responded via a letter highlighting various policy proposals. In order of responses received:

Randy Hillier

* Introduce a ‘Tax & Expenditure’ constitutional amendment to:
o To make the pre-McGunity Taxpayer Protection Act less easy for politicians to get their hands on;
o Cap spending at combined growth in inflation and population; and
o Prevent government from increasing spending during the fiscal year
* Abolish municipal property taxes in favour of a revenue sharing formula with the province
* Eliminate corporate welfare, including the auto bailouts
* Hold Senate elections
* Supports in principle, but will not include in his platform, the ability to ‘recall’ MPPs
* Allow Ontarians the right to purchase private health insurance
* End public funding of non-medically necessary procedures
* Overhaul the LCBO
* Protect property rights through a bilateral constitutional amendment
* Make unions voluntary while maintaining the right to join as a matter of choice

Tim Hudak

* Strengthen the Taxpayer Protection Act, but will not push to entrench in the constitution
* Cap spending at growth and inflation, but not make doing so mandatory in legislation
* Devote all end of year surpluses to debt repayment
* Eliminate corporate welfare, but stipulates that since the auto bailouts are going ahead regardless, the most excessive aspects must be reined in.
* Hold Senate elections
* Rejects ‘recall’
* Allow for the private delivery of health care, but does not directly touch on private insurance
* End public funding of non-medically necessary procedures
* Allow wine sales outside of the current regime in a system comparable to ‘The Beer Store’
* Introduce a ‘Property Owners Bill of Rights’ and support federal initiatives to protect property in the constitution
* Does not directly commit to the right to opt out of unions as a matter of choice, but does commit to restoring the secret ballot

Christine Elliott

* Overhaul Ontario’s tax regime with a flat tax
* Reform EI
* Freeze the minimum wage
* Reform voluntary overtime laws

Frank Klees

* Make the pre-McGunity Taxpayer Protection Act less easy for politicians to get their hands on
* Use restraint in spending, but does will not make limiting spending to growth and inflation mandatory in legislation
* Will not eliminate corporate welfare
* Hold Senate elections
* Allow for the private delivery of health care, but does not directly touch on private insurance
* Will not commit ending the public funding of non-medically necessary procedures, but promises a “review and reassessment”
* Will not commit to reforming the LCBO, but proses that an “efficiency review” be undertaken
* Protect property rights through a bilateral constitutional amendment
* Does not directly commit to the right to opt out of unions as a matter of choice, but promise to work with PCPO grassroots on developing policy on freedom of choice in unions

Hiding behind a law that isn't yet a law?

Imagine if you could hide behind a law that isn't yet a law? That's what Manitoba Hydro appears to be doing.

In January 2009, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released documents which showed Manitoba Hydro had spent almost $40 million on "process" and "negotiation" costs for the Keeyask Dam project alone. The CTF obtained the documents through filing freedom of information requests with Manitoba Hydro.

Although these costs could indeed be justifiable, no one knows for sure as Manitoba Hydro and the local band aren't releasing details of the expenses. Rumours that millions of dollars have been misused will certainly persist until all the facts are released to the public.

The CTF has since filed even more freedom of information requests with Manitoba Hydro.

Oddly enough, Manitoba Hydro cited in an April 17, 2009 response to one of the subsequent information requests that:

"discussion of such matters would be detrimental to the relations between Manitoba Hydro and the government of the First Nation. Matters such as these are contemplated under subsection 18(1)(b) and subsection 21(1)(b), respectively."

"Contemplated"? In other words, it appears Hydro is trying to hide behind a clause in Bill 31 (tabled last year) that essentially allows a public body in Manitoba to refuse granting access to information under the excuse that it could hurt relations with an aboriginal government.

The only problem is, Bill 31, which was tabled and passed last year, still hasn't been proclaimed - see SM 2008, c. 40. Therefore, it isn't law.

Clearly it looks as if Manitoba Hydro is trying to hide behind a law that isn't actually yet a law. Instead of trying to hide facts from the public, why doesn't Hydro just do the right thing and release the details of these expenses instead of playing "Hydro-and-go-seek"?

Stay tuned, the CTF will be filing a complaint with the Manitoba Ombudsman's office on this matter.

Taxpayers Federation Met Privately with PM Harper

Taxpayer.com Federal Director Kevin Gaudet was pleased recently to have had a productive private meeting with Prime Minister Harper. It is the first time a sitting Prime Minister has met with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Gaudet presented the PM with a 50th birthday gift. It was a carving set with a card that said something like, "Every PM needs this for Sunday dinner, budget planning, political foes and Taxpayers Federation spokespeople. Happy Birthday."

During the meeting polices were discussed ranging over EI changes, auto bailouts, deficits and Taxpayer.com's proposals for lower, simpler, flatter taxes.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Gordon Campbell's scary plans for Aboriginal governance

An unconstitutional schmoz could be just ahead in British Columbia, as John Carpay of the Canadian Constitution Foundation explains.

Taxpayers’ Ontario PC Leadership Survey: Frank Klees Results

The Frank Klees Campaign has submitted its response to the CTF survey on fiscal policy and other issues. Anyone voting in this contest would be well advised to look them over before casting their ballot.

A summary of each candidate’s answers will be coming soon…

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Taxpayers' Ontario PC Leadership Survey: Christine Elliott Results

Christine Elliott responded to our survey of Ontario PC leadership candidates. Her letter can be read here.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Taxpayers’ Ontario PC Leadership Survey: Tim Hudak Results

Ontario PC Leadership candidate Tim Hudak’s response to a survey by the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation can be found HERE.

Check it out to see what Mr. Hudak’s views are on a range of interesting issues of concern to Ontario taxpayers.

Taxpayers’ Ontario PC Leadership Survey: Randy Hillier Results

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has sent all Ontario PC Leadership candidates a survey to share their thoughts on public policy issues with taxpaying Ontarians. Thus far, Randy Hillier is the first candidate to respond. You can view his answers on the CTF website by clicking HERE.

Results from other candidates are expected soon and will be posted as they come in.

Tax Freedom Day Music Video

Its that time of year again! Today is Tax Freedom Day, the day that Canadians have paid their share of overall taxes and can start working for themselves and their families. Well done to the Fraser Institute for putting together a great package for this year’s celebration, including an excellent ‘music video’ that makes you both smile and cry.

Click HERE to link to the video.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Secret Stadium Tax Break?

If passed, the provincial government's Bill 30 will exempt the new stadium in Winnipeg from paying property taxes (see section eight for details).

The question is, when was the exclusive tax exemption communicated to the public?

If you look at the news release from the stadium announcement in April, there is no mention of the exclusive tax cut.

Further, if you look at the provincial government's news release for Bill 30, once again you won't find any mention of the tax cut.

Even if you look at a detailed Winnipeg Free Press article on the stadium deal after it was announced, you still won't find details of the exclusive tax cut.

Has anyone else seen the exclusive tax cut reported in the media? Perhaps it has been, but the government has not done a fair job at reporting it to the public.

While many will agree with using tax dollars to fund the stadium, many will disagree. However, most will agree with the need for governments to be up front with such important details.

Hopefully important information such as this will make it into future government news releases.

Gas tax honesty time for BC

Conventional wisdom claims drivers are gouged at the gas pump but with annual gas tax honesty days, more people realize that both the federal and provincial governments do some gouging of their own. Here in B.C. it's getting worse. It's time for some gas tax honesty.

Although the implosion of the federal liberal party in the 2008 election means we won't be seeing a carbon tax on the federal horizon, B.C. still has a carbon tax on gasoline and it will get bigger on July 1, 2009.

When the B.C. government fell for the consensus rhetoric of the global warming alarmists and introduced the carbon tax on July 1, 2008, people were outraged enough to boost the NDP's popularity over the governing Liberals for the first time in years.

Because the economy was of top concern to voters, the NDP didn't have a chance in B.C. That could change in the future if the economy is on an even keel. An Ipsos-Reid exit poll on May 12 showed that of the people who considered the carbon tax an issue, almost 60 per cent voted for the NDP.

Drivers are fed up being treated as bank machines for cash hungry politicians and those who continue with gas tax dishonesty will eventually pay the price at the polls.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

CTF Axes Government Bonuses in Manitoba

At least in a few unjustified cases.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Recession? Not in the CFL

It's building, building, building all over the place. Cam Cole gives the rundown.

Why Corporate Welfare is a Slush Fund

A great article c/o the Montreal Gazette.

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