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To tackle the tax haven problem, simplify the tax code

Federal Are you paying all the tax you’re legally required to pay—and if not, is that okay? That’s the question at the heart of the controversy over offshore tax havens, whereby mostly wealthy individuals structure their financial affairs to minimize their tax burdens.

20th annual CTF Teddy Awards for government waste

Federal OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today held its 20th 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, joined by the CTF’s pig mascot Porky the Waster Hater and talented event hostess Jessica. The awards event took place on Parliament Hill in the Charles Lynch Press Theatre.

Ontario PC leadership candidates sign CTF ‘No Carbon Tax’ pledge

Ontario OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) held a press conference in Ottawa today with two Ontario PC leadership candidates; Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, and met with Caroline Mulroney on February 9.

SIGN PETITION: No Small Business Tax Hikes

Federal Minister Morneau’s proposals to change how business taxes apply to Canadian small businesses will mean a major tax hike for them.
Petitions

Contre les hausses de taxes à Montréal

Quebec
Au cours de la dernière campagne pour la mairie de Montréal, Valérie Plante s’est engagée à ne pas hausser les taxes plus rapidement que l’inflation. Malheureusement, lors de son premier budget, elle a brisé cette promesse. Sign the petition

Federal: Chop the meat tax

Federal
Canadians from coast to coast to coast already pay some of the highest taxes in the world and our meat producers abide by some of the toughest environmental rules on the planet. Sign the petition

Federal: No Money for Omar Khadr

Federal
Media are reporting that the federal government is preparing to offer Omar Khadr a $10 million compensation package paid for by Canadian taxpayers. Sign the petition

Federal: No Federal Carbon Tax

Federal
Your government’s plan to impose a “pan-Canadian carbon framework” – a carbon tax - on any province that refuses to do so itself will be an unfair hit to Canadian families, businesses and rural communities. Sign the petition

BC: Cut Vancouver housing taxes

British Columbia
Housing costs in the Lower Mainland are out of control. But more taxes are not the answer. Instead, you need to cut back the 37% of housing costs that go to government. 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

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

NB: Stop the New Brunswick Debt Clock

Atlantic
New Brunswick taxpayers have seen almost every tax and fee raised in an effort to balance the budget, yet the government is still spending hundreds of millions more than they are bringing in. 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: Cut the PST

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
The federal government has run deficits in 37 of the last 50 years, which has resulted in a federal debt of over $162 billion. This debt costs Canadians $26 billion dollars per year in interest payments alone. 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

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on January 23, 2018

A closer look at AB and SK's economic growth

A closer look at AB and SK's economic growthThere have been a few barbs on Twitter and in the media over the past while about the economic performance of Saskatchewan and Alberta during the recent recession and recovery period...so I decided to take a closer look at what's going on... Read More
on December 01, 2017

Kevin Lacey - Moving On

Kevin Lacey - Moving On We Maritimers are lucky enough to live in the greatest little corner of the Earth. This place is worth fighting for. I hope more people will start to engage in the debate. Our future depends on it. Read More
on November 15, 2017

Report on Saddledome options

Report on Saddledome optionsWhat's the cost of fixing up the Saddledome? I still don't know, but the City of Calgary gave me a report that looks at turning it into a convention centre, recreation complex, etc... Read More

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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/ctf-s-2018-teddies-lifetime-achievement-award

CTF's 2018 Teddies Lifetime Achievement Award

This year's recipient of the CTF Lifetime achievement award honoring the best of the worst of government spending went to the City of Calgary.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/2018-teddy-awards

2018 Teddy Awards

CTF holds its annual Teddy Awards honouring the Best of the Worst of government waste. This years winners include: Heritage Canada; Ontario's $39 billion fair hydro plan, the City of Montreal and City of Calgary.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/discussing-the-2018-teddy-awards

Discussing the 2018 Teddy Awards

Each year, the CTF holds its Teddy Awards honoring the best of the worst of government waste.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/saskpower-nominated-for-a-teddy

SaskPower nominated for a Teddy

Though it never won a Teddy Award in 2018 honoring the best of the worst of government, just getting nominated is disgrace enough. SaskPower was nominated for a provincial Teddy because of the money it wasted on a fish aquarium.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/calgary-wins-a-teddy

Calgary wins a Teddy

CTF awards the City of Calgary a Lifetime Achievement Teddy Award for the money it has wasted on public art.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/the-2018-teddy-waste-awards

The 2018 Teddy Waste Awards

Every year, the competition is stiff, but we narrow it down to a handful of the most ridiculous stories. Sadly, we are never short on nominees, as governments seem to be very good at finding new ways to waste money.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/something-smells-fishy-at-saskpower

Something smells fishy at SaskPower

CTF Prairie Director Todd MacKay explains why SaskPower was up for an award at this year's Teddy Awards. The Teddies is an annual event held by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation to honour the best of the worst of government waste.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/ontario-pc-leadership-candidates-sign-ctf-s-no-carbon-tax-pledge

Ontario PC leadership candidates sign CTF's No Carbon Tax pledge

All three leadership candidates for the Ontario PC Party (Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, and Caroline Mulroney) signed the CTF's "No Carbon Tax" pledge where they promise if elected Ontario premier to: 1. Repeal the Wynne cap-and-trade carbon tax; 2. Not enact an Ontario carbon tax; and 3. Oppose a federal carbon tax.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/podcast--what-to-do-with-icbc-

Podcast: What to do with ICBC?

CTF BC Director Kris Sims discusses possible solutions to the problems facing BC's government-owned car insurer -- ICBC. This includes getting ICBC out of government hands by turning it into a cooperative and then opening up car insurance to competition.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/doug-ford-&-christine-elliot-sign-ctf-s--no-carbon-tax--pledge

Doug Ford & Christine Elliot sign CTF's 'No Carbon Tax' pledge

With CTF Ontario Director Christine Van Geyn looking on, Ontario PC candidates Doug Ford and Christine Elliot sign the CTF's "No Carbon Tax" pledge promising to: 1. Repeal the Wynne cap-and-trade carbon tax; 2. Not enact an Ontario carbon tax; and 3. Oppose a federal carbon tax.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/caroline-mulroney-signs-ctf-s--no-carbon-tax--pledge

Caroline Mulroney signs CTF's "No Carbon Tax" pledge

With CTF Ontario director Christine Van Geyn looking on, Ontario PC Candidate Caroline Mulroney signed the CTF's No Carbon Tax pledge. If elected Ontario Premier, Mulroney promises to: 1. Repeal the Wynne cap-and-trade carbon tax; 2. Not enact an Ontario carbon tax and 3. Oppose a federal carbon tax.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/why-does-calgary-s-city-council-pension-plan-cost-five-times-more-than-edmonton-s-

Why does Calgary's city council pension plan cost five times more than Edmonton's?

CTF Alberta Director Colin Craig compares the payouts of the Calgary City Council pension plan with that of Edmonton's. The costs for Calgary's city council pension is $6.1 million compared to only $1.3 million for Edmonton.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/icbc-to-limit-payouts-in-order-to-deal-with--1.3-billion-deficit

ICBC to limit payouts in order to deal with $1.3 billion deficit

With ICBC, British Columbia's government-owned car insurer, expected to lose $1.3 billion this year, the government announced it would be capping the amount it pays out on less serious injuries to $5,000. CTF's BC Director Kris Sims says a better solution would be opening up car insurance to competition.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/what-are-your-recommendations-for-the-next-federal-budget-

What are your recommendations for the next federal budget?

CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick asks what you would like to see included in Ottawa's 2018 federal budget?
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/regina-residents-facing-another-massive-property-tax-increase

Regina residents facing another massive property tax increase

With the City of Regina ready to impose a 4.9% property tax hike in 2018, many citizens are outraged. This is the second highest tax increase in the last ten years, with the highest coming last year when council hit the city with a massive 6.9% rate increase. CTF Prairie Director Todd MacKay says these tax increases are not sustainable as people can't keep paying more money every year. He says the city needs to cut spending.
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