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Bond rating agency issues serious warning about Manitoba finances

Manitoba The Manitoba budget shows that the province's deficit is bad, but the experts are saying it's much worse.

Taxpayers Paying $18 into MLA Pension Plan for Every $1 Paid by MLAs

Atlantic The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has crunched the numbers on the MLA pension plan and notwithstanding two independent reviews and reforms in 2011 and 2014, MLA pensions remain a rich golden parachute.

CTF Releases "15 for 2015" Election Wish List

Federal The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released its top 15 policy wish list for the 2015 federal election. “We believe these policies – some small, some big – are practical proposals that will help leave more money in the pockets of Canadians, give them better value for tax dollars spent and hold our politicians more accountable,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick “We encourage all parties to steal any and all of our proposals as part of their 2015 campaign.”

Fighting for Taxpayers: Battles Fought & Battles Ahead

Petitions

BC: Save the Pattullo drivers

British Columbia
We request you order an independent, peer agency review into TransLink’s Pattullo Bridge repair plan to ensure it’s both necessary and done right, especially in light of the construction of a new Pattullo Bridge within a few years. Sign the petition

ON: Reverse the Beer Tax Hike

Ontario
Beer in Ontario is already heavily taxed, and Kathleen Wynne’s plan to hike the tax by another $1 on a case of 24 will make beer even more expensive. Sign the petition

ON: Axe the Travel Tax

Ontario
Flying is one of the most heavily taxed activities in Canada. Sign the petition

Federal: I Stand with Irv

Federal
Irvin Leroux lost everything fighting the CRA over the past 18 years – but he delivered an important victory for taxpayers: a ruling saying CRA owes all of us a “duty of care” when dealing with our tax issues. Sign the petition

ON: No Cap & Trade Tax in Ontario!

Ontario
Ontarians already pay some of the highest hydro prices in North America, and our energy rates continue to rise every year. Sign the petition

AB: No Tax Dollars for Pro Sports Arenas

Alberta
Calgarians support their hockey team and arena voluntarily through ticket sales and concessions, not through taxes. The City of Calgary can support the construction of a new arena in many ways without asking taxpayers to open their wallets. Sign the petition

Federal: No Pensions for Politicians Who Steal

Federal
When an MP or a Senator is convicted of stealing money and abusing the trust of taxpayers while they are sitting in the Parliament of Canada, they should forfeit their right to collect a gold-plated Parliamentary Pension. Sign the petition

Federal: National Referendum on Abolishing the Senate

Federal
The Canadian Senate is neither elected nor accountable to Canadians. For nearly 20 years, politicians have dragged their feet on Senate reform. Sign the petition

Federal: Put Parliament's Expense Receipts Online

Federal
MPs and Senators should be transparent and accountable to taxpayers with how they spend taxpayers' money. Sign the petition

MB: Reverse PST Hike

Manitoba
Petition to stop the Manitoba government from raising the PST. Sign the petition

Federal: Lower Gas Taxes & Dedicate Them to Roads

Federal
Require the federal government by law to continue dedicating all gas and diesel taxes to roads. Sign the petition

Federal: Balance the Federal Budget

Federal
Since 2008-09, the federal government has run five successive deficit budgets, adding more than $150 billion to our federal debt. Sign the petition

Federal: Stop Bailing Out Government Employee Pension Plans

Federal, Saskatchewan
Taxpayers can't afford to keep paying billions of dollars each year to bailout government employee pension plans. Sign the petition

NS: Balance the Nova Scotia Budget

Atlantic
We the undersigned, demand the Nova Scotia government honor its commitment to balance the budget in 2013-14 Sign the petition

MB: Eliminate bracket creep

Manitoba
Manitoba is one of the few jurisdictions in Canada that unfairly taxes citizens through a back door form of taxation known as bracket creep. Sign the petition

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NS: Did the Halifax Rainmen Cost Taxpayers?

NS: Did the Halifax Rainmen Cost Taxpayers?After skipping out on game 7 of the National Basketball League of Canada finals, then leaving investors holding the bag when the team went bankrupt this summer, a lot of angry fans have unanswered questions about the Halifax Rainmen’s 2014-15 season. Read More

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What's ahead for Translink?

Radio interview on Jordan Bateman's involvement in the TransLink plebiscite and what can be done to reform the organization.
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Seattle Looks at the Impact of the TransLink Plebiscite

Seattle, Washington is holding a referendum this fall to receive permission to raise taxes for transit. Does Translink's defeat in its demand for a similar tax in BC set off alarm bells for Seattle?
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/jordan-bateman-explains-why-the-no-side-won

Jordan Bateman explains why the NO side won

Despite being massively outgunned financially, the NO side defeated TransLink's call for more taxes, because people are tired of BC's increasing tax burden. They also want to see a major shake up in how TransLink is run. It needs to become more accountable and open on how it spends tax dollars.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/translink-loses-bid-for-more-tax-dollars

TransLink loses bid for more tax dollars

It wasn't even close. BC voters crush TransLink's bid for more tax revenues. It showed that people do not have confidence in TransLink's ability to operate openly and efficiently.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/bc-director-jordan-bateman-responds-to-translink-vote

BC Director Jordan Bateman responds to TransLink vote

CTF BC Director Jordan Bateman responds to the TransLink vote. People are tired of their increasing tax burden and they want more accountability at TransLink.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/translink-suffers-crushing-defeat

Translink suffers crushing defeat

British Columbians crush BC's mayors' attempt to increase the PST to cover upgrades to TransLink. The vote suggests people are not only fed up with tax increases, but are demanding major reforms to TransLink.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/ctf-unveils-new-book-celebrating-its-25th-anniversary

CTF unveils new book celebrating its 25th anniversary

CTF President Troy Lanigan discusses his book, Fighting for Taxpayers, Battles Fought & Battles Ahead. The book looks back at the first 25 years of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/stop-the-tax-on-tax-on-gas-taxes

Stop the tax-on-tax on gas taxes

In its annual Gas Tax Honesty Day event, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on the federal government to quit applying GST to federal and provincial excise taxes.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/gas-taxes-in-victoria-hitting-record-levels

Gas taxes in Victoria hitting record levels

Gas taxes in the greater Victoria are already at 42 cents a litre. And with the Capital Region Transit System demanding even more gas tax revenues, proposed increases would have Victoria consumers paying some of the highest gas taxes in North America.
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30% gas taxes in Saskatchewan

Though Saskatchewan has one of the lowest levels of gas taxes in Canada, its 30% rate still shocks consumers.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/what-happened-in-the-2015-alberta-budget-

What happened in the 2015 Alberta Budget?

Acting Alberta Director Scott Hennig gives the 2015 Alberta budget a grade of D. There were numerous tax increases, but with per capita spending in Alberta 11% higher than British Columbia, why were there were no spending cuts?
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Alberta Budget: Why were there no spending cuts?

With Alberta spending 11% higher per capita than British Columbia, Acting Alberta Director Scott Hennig asks why there were no spending cuts in the 2015 budget?
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/numerous-tax-increases-in-2015-alberta-budget

Numerous tax increases in 2015 Alberta Budget

Acting Alberta Director Scott Hennig comments on the major tax increases and the lack of spending cuts in the Alberta budget.
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CTF Awards TransLink Lifetime Achievement Teddy

At its 17th Annual Teddy Awards held in Ottawa on March 4, 2015, the CTF honored B.C.s TransLink with a Lifetime Achievement Teddy for going above and beyond the call of duty in wasting provincial tax dollars.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/2015-teddy-waste-awards

2015 Teddy Waste Awards

On March 4, 2015 the Canadian Taxpayers Federation held their 17th annual Teddy Waste Awards in Ottawa honoring the best of the worst of government waste.
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