Atlantic - Commentaries
Even the Playing Field in New Brunswick, Scrap Special Tax Deals
February 27, 2017The government makes it hard to do business in New Brunswick. High taxes and cumbersome red tape holds businesses back. But the decision to re-affirm special tax deals for First Nation businesses while heaping tax increases on others breaks the government’s responsibility to ensure that every businesses has the same opportunity to succeed.
Disclosure of Irving Shipbuilding Documents a Win For All Taxpayers
January 26, 2017The Commissioners ruling is a victory for every taxpayer of Nova Scotia and will be applied to future FOI appeals. That means that if the government tries to withhold information in other cases of corporate welfare like this one with the Irvings, this ruling will compel them to release that information.
New Brunswick Should Reject a Carbon Tax
September 27, 2016New Brunswickers pay $650 million or $1,100 per tax filer more each and every year in income, sales and gasoline taxes than they did just five years ago. This is a staggering amount of extra revenue given that all of it comes directly off the paychecks or out of the pockets of working taxpayers.
New Brunswick's Mission Is Far from Accomplished
May 02, 2016If you have been watching the New Brunswick government in the last short while, you would conclude they too believe their mission to steady the economic ship and wrestle down the provincial deficit has been “accomplished.” Why else would they start spending more money on risky investments and new entitlement programs?
Breaking Atlantic Canada’s Addiction To Temporary Foreign Workers
March 28, 2016It does not make sense to allow these companies to fly in hundreds of workers from around the world while Canadians are at home unemployed and collecting benefits. Foreign workers should be a last resort to a company’s labour market problems, not the first.
Enough is Enough When it Comes to High Taxes
February 04, 2016Taxpayers in New Brunswick are dealing with difficult times, rising costs, and a troubling economy. Let’s not add to that burden by raising the HST now, only to watch politicians spend that money on their pet projects as it gets close to an election.
Immigration Won’t Solve New Brunswick’s Economic Mess
December 02, 2015New Brunswick is not taking in too few immigrants. While the population is declining, the number of immigrants is on an impressive rise. New Brunswick has welcomed 7,110 new immigrants from around the world between 2012-13 and 2014-15.
Nova Scotia’s Population Solution Needs More than Immigration
November 15, 2015The real problem affecting our population is that too many Nova Scotians are packing up and “going down the road.