Radio Podcast: Federal government's escalator tax on liquorIn a radio interview CTF Federal Aaron Wudrick explains what will be happening with the escalator tax recently announced by the Trudeau government. In some jurisdictions, Canadians are already pay
December 05, 2017CTF Federal Aaron Wudrick explains what will be happening with the liquor escalator tax announced by the Trudeau government this past spring. In some jurisdictions, Canadians are already paying upwards of 80% tax on liquor.
CTF announces campaign opposing escalator tax on liquor
December 05, 2017The CTF has launched a new website, noescalatortax.ca, opposing the escalator tax the federal government recently put on liquor. This secretive tax will result in an automatic increase in liquor taxes each year without it being debated in Parliament.
Explaining Ottawa's liquor escalator tax
December 05, 2017While enjoying a beer at an Ottawa bar, CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick explains why the CTF is opposed to the liquor escalator tax announced by the Federal government. Through this legislation, the federal government will be automatically increasing liquor taxes each year without having to debate it in the House of Commons. Aaron encourages taxpayers to go to http://noescalatortax.ca/ where they can email Finance Minister Bill Morneau to express their opposition to this tax.
CTF says Calgary council should have cut spending
December 04, 2017Despite several city councilors saying they would not support raising Calgary property taxes higher than the rate of inflation most broke their word. In its recent budget, Calgary increased property taxes by 3.8% while the inflation rate sat at 1.3%. CTF Alberta Director says the council needed to cut spending.
Rising hydro bills at hospitals in Ontario unsustainable
December 04, 2017CTF Ontario Director Christine Van Geyn says the rising electrical bills in hospitals across Ontario due to the government's push to reduces CO2 emissions is unsustainable and is starting to impact health care delivery. Despite reducing consumption, electrical costs in hospitals are skyrocketing.
SaskParty leadership candidate Ken Cheveldayoff signs CTF pledge
December 01, 2017Ken Cheveldayoff, a candidate for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party, comments on signing the CTF's Taxpayer Protection Pledge that commits candidates to balancing the provincial budget in 2019, paying down the debt and holding the line on taxes if nominated leader of the SaskParty.
Ontario conservative party outlines party platform for upcoming provincial election
December 01, 2017Patrick Brown, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario outlines his party's platform in the lead up to the provincial election. CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick comments.
Three SaskParty leadership candidates sign CTF's Taxpayer Protection Pledge
December 01, 2017As CTF Prairie Director Todd MacKay looked on, three candidates for the leadership of the SaskParty signed the CTF's Taxpayer Protection Pledge. By signing the pledge, the three committed to balancing the provincial budget in 2019, holding the line on taxes and paying down the provincial debt if either of them should win the nomination for the party leadership. The three signers were Ken Cheveldayoff, Scott Moe and Gord Wyant.
Major problems with CRA and Phoenix pay system
November 22, 2017Canada's Auditor General exposes serious problems with the Phoenix pay system and the Canada Revenue Agency. During tax season only 36% of taxpayers had their phone calls answered and of those that got through, 30% received the wrong answer. CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick responds.
Interview with CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick on CRA & Phoenix pay debaucle
November 22, 2017CTF Federal Director comments on the Auditor General's report that focused on the Phoenix Pay System and Canada Revenue Agency. Aaron says with estimates that it could cost $500 million to fix the Phoenix pay system it is quickly turning into another gun registry.
Concerns About Manitoba Government's Upcoming Throne Speech
November 21, 2017CTF Prairie Director Todd MacKay discusses the upcoming Throne Speech in Manitoba. He is particularly concerned about the possibility of a carbon tax that Manitobans have clearly said they don't want.
Brockville hospital punished by Ontario government's skyrocketing hydro rates
November 17, 2017Despite 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.
Radio Podcast: BC has highest car insurance rates in Canada
November 01, 2017An interview with CTF BC Director Kris Sims on ICBC's high car insurance rates and what can be done to fix the problem.
Call to reform Calgary city council pension plan
November 01, 2017CTF 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.
Time to shutdown pension party at Calgary city hall
October 31, 2017CTF 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.
British Columbia will soon have the highest car insurance rates in Canada
October 30, 2017BC 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.
Why the Federal government must deal with its deficit
October 27, 2017CTF 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.
CTF presentation to Standing Senate Committee on National Finance
October 19, 2017CTF 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 .
Ottawa changes its mind on small business tax hike
October 17, 2017After pressure from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and others, the Federal government backed away from its proposed Small Business tax hikes.
Winnipeg town hall meeting held to discuss small business tax changes
October 13, 2017The Canadian Taxpayers Federation held a town hall meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba to discuss the federal government's changes to the small business tax.
CTF holds townhall meeting in Winnipeg to discuss small business tax changes
October 13, 2017The 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.
Employee discount tax was also an attack on small business
October 12, 2017Saskatchewan 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.