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Manitoba already beating BC and Canada without carbon tax

Manitoba WINNIPEG, MB: Even without a carbon tax, Manitoba is already showing strong results on environmental “potential indicators” identified by the provincial government, according to a report released today by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Cambridge Memorial Hospital copes with rising electricity bills despite falling usage

Ontario The electricity bill for the hospital has increased by $669,739 over six-year period, despite a 6.7 per cent usage reduction. Electricity bills have grown by 92 per cent for the hospital

Sweet Nothing: Fat and Sugar Taxes Don’t Reduce Obesity

Federal OTTAWA, ON: In the midst of continued debate in Canada about the imposition of fat and sugar taxes, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a new study, Sweet Nothing: Real-World Evidence of Food and Drink Taxes and their Effect on Obesity which analyses the track record of food and drink taxes around the world.

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

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

AB: Bring Alberta Spending Down to BC Levels

Alberta
Alberta’s government now spends $6.5 billion per year more than the government of British Columbia. Yet, BC still delivers expansive social programs and services to its residents. 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 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
on October 05, 2017

Edmonton Election Survey (2017)

Edmonton Election Survey (2017)To help Edmonton taxpayers make informed decisions in the upcoming municipal election, we distributed a survey to candidates in mid-September, asking them about a variety of topics – this page includes candidates’ responses. Read More
on October 03, 2017

Calgary Election Survey (2017)

Calgary Election Survey (2017)To help Calgary taxpayers make informed decisions in the upcoming municipal election, we distributed a survey to candidates in mid-September, asking them about a variety of topics – this page includes candidates’ responses. Read More
on August 18, 2017

UCP Leadership Survey

UCP Leadership SurveyThe four candidates running for leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta (UCP) answered our survey. To learn more about where they stand on the issues, follow this link ... Read More

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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/brockville-hospital-punished-by-ontario-government-s-skyrocketing-hydro-rates

Brockville hospital punished by Ontario government's skyrocketing hydro rates

Despite reducing electrical usage by 30,000 kwh, over the past five years, the annual hydro bill for the Brockville General Hospital has increased by $374,000. The increase is due to the Ontario governments disastrous energy policies.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/city-of-regina-purchases-stc-building

City of Regina purchases STC building

CTF Prairie Director Todd MacKay comments on the City of Regina's decision to purchase the now vacant STC building. He says the decision may be a good move for taxpayers.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/call-to-reform-calgary-city-council-pension-plan

Call to reform Calgary city council pension plan

CTF Interim Alberta Director Colin Craig says the pension that Calgary city councilors pay themselves is unfair and needs to be changed. Between 2007 and 2016, taxpayers contributed $6.7 million to the plan while city councilors only kicked in $1.2 million.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/radio-podcast--bc-has-highest-car-insurance-rates-in-canada

Radio Podcast: BC has highest car insurance rates in Canada

An interview with CTF BC Director Kris Sims on ICBC's high car insurance rates and what can be done to fix the problem.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/time-to-shutdown-pension-party-at-calgary-city-hall

Time to shutdown pension party at Calgary city hall

CTF Interim Alberta Director Colin Craig calls for major changes to the pensions paid Calgary councilors and mayor. Under the current plan, city taxpayers contribute five times what councilors and the mayor contribute in order to pay for their pension benefits.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/british-columbia-will-soon-have-the-highest-car-insurance-rates-in-canada

British Columbia will soon have the highest car insurance rates in Canada

BC Director Kris Sims says with ICBC's scheduled rate increase next month, British Columbians will pay the highest car insurance rates in Canada. She said the BC government needs to allow competition to lower insurance premiums.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/why-the-federal-government-must-deal-with-its-deficit

Why the Federal government must deal with its deficit

CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick says the federal government's failure to reduce its deficits means that future generations will be forced to pay for the spending of the current government.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/ctf-presentation-to-standing-senate-committee-on-national-finance

CTF presentation to Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick makes a presentation to Parliament's Standing Senate Committee on National Finance on Ottawa's recent changes to the small business tax .
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/ottawa-changes-its-mind-on-small-business-tax-hike

Ottawa changes its mind on small business tax hike

After pressure from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and others, the Federal government backed away from its proposed Small Business tax hikes.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/ctf-holds-townhall-meeting-in-winnipeg-to-discuss-small-business-tax-changes

CTF holds townhall meeting in Winnipeg to discuss small business tax changes

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation held a townhall meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba to discuss the impact of Ottawa's proposed changes to how small businesses are taxed.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/winnipeg-town-hall-meeting-held-to-discuss-small-business-tax-changes

Winnipeg town hall meeting held to discuss small business tax changes

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation held a town hall meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba to discuss the federal government's changes to the small business tax.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/cancelled-employee-discount-tax-shows-canadians-can-change-government-policy

Cancelled employee discount tax shows Canadians can change government policy

CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick says the government's recent decision to cancel a tax on discounts businesses give their employees because of a public outcry shows that Canadians can make a difference. It also reveals that taxpayers must keep a vigilant eye on government policy.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/kathleen-wynne-driving-businesses-out-of-ontario

Kathleen Wynne driving businesses out of Ontario

CTF Ontario Director Christine Van Gyn launched a campaign to show how the Ontario government's taxes and policies are driving businesses and people out of Ontario. The campaign features a large red moving van with the words Kathleen Wynne Moving Company emblazoned on is side. The CTF is touring many Ontario communities with the van to get the message out.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/employee-discount-tax-was-also-an-attack-on-small-business

Employee discount tax was also an attack on small business

Saskatchewan Director Todd MacKay says the CRA's recent decision to tax employee discounts, since cancelled, was not only an attack on employees but as well small businesses owners who would be forced to track of these discounts and then to tax them. Todd says many over-burdened employers would be tempted to just cancel the discount.
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http://www.taxpayer.com/recent-media/employee-discounts-in-cra-s-sights

Employee discounts in CRA's sights

Canada Revenue Agency said it is planning to start taxing discounts that employees receive from the businesses they work for effective January 1, 2018. Saskatchewan Director Todd MacKay responds. Due to the public backlash, reports suggest the Liberal government is now backing off implementing this tax.
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