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Alberta’s 2018 Budget: A total mess

Alberta The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) responded to the Alberta government’s 2018 budget today by raising red flags about the province’s ballooning debt, failure to control spending and reliance on another boom in order to balance the budget.

Balanced budgets still matter to Canadians

Federal ust four months ago Finance Minister Charles Sousa restated his commitment to balance the Ontario budget. The government’s speech from the throne has now confirmed that instead, the province will have an $8 billion deficit. And that they are “deliberately” choosing to run a deficit despite their repeated commitment not to.

Transparency strengthened at Thunderchild First Nation

Saskatchewan, Federal SASKATOON, SK: Activists from Thunderchild First Nation achieved a significant step to restore accountability and transparency after band leaders agreed to release the community’s basic financial documents.

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.

Contre les hausses de taxes à Montréal

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

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

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

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

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

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

ON: No Cap & Trade Tax in 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

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

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

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

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

MB: Cut the PST

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

Federal: Lower Gas Taxes & Dedicate Them to Roads

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

Federal: Balance the Federal Budget

The federal government has run deficits in 37 of the last 50 years, which has resulted in a federal debt of over This $651 billion. debt costs Canadians $26.3 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

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 February 26, 2018

Two pensions for Nenshi?

Two pensions for Nenshi?Those following the current discussion about the golden pension benefits provided to Calgary's city council might find this blog post of interest ... notably, the fact that Calgary appears to be the only major city in Canada that offers two pensions for its mayor. Read More
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 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


Recent Media

Concerns about the 2018 Alberta budget

CTF's VP Communications Scott Hennig expresses his concerns about the 2018 Alberta budget. The government stated that it expects the provincial debt to hit $96 Billion in five years.

BC's sky-rocketing gas prices

CTF BC Director Kris Sims says BC sky high gas prices are expected to go even higher.

Alberta's monstrous debt forecast

The Alberta government expects the provincial debt will hit $96 billion in the next five years. CTF Alberta Director Colin Craig says the debt's growth rate under the NDP government is unprecedented in that province.

Manitoba implements a carbon tax

CTF Prairie Director Todd MacKay comments on the Mantioba government's new carbon tax.

Foreign Oil's Free Pass

New documents show the Trudeau government put up a barrier in front of Canadian oil, but rolled out the red carpet for foreign oil. This approach is costing taxpayers billions! Music ⓒ - Kevin MacLeod Terms and conditions

Is ICBC ready to crack down on good drivers?

Despite what ICBC claims, BC is not full of bad drivers. BC Director Kris Sims comments on suggestions ICBC may start raising the premiums of good drivers in order to deal with its $1.3 billion deficit. ICBC already has some of the highest car insurance rates in Canada.

Dismantling Parliament Hill's Outdoor Rink

After wasting $8.2 million on a temporary outdoor rink on Parliament Hill, the federal government is now tearing it down.

2018 Alberta Budget

Scott Hennig, CTF VP Communications discussing the Alberta Budget to be presented on March 22, 2018.

Ottawa spends $118K on Calendars

We got a tip that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner was spending a lot of money on calendars. So we ATIP'd it. They spent $118,359 on 44,549 paper calendars in the last five years! Who even uses paper calendars anymore? Music ⓒ - Kevin MacLeod Terms and conditions

The truth about Alberta's budget update

CTF Alberta Director Colin Craig breaks down the good news and bad news on the Alberta Government's budget update.

Will the Trudeau Liberals ever find a way to balance the budget?

CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick provides a breakdown of recently announced Federal budget. The Federal debt will rise a further $80 billion by 2022 – a total increase of $110 billion since Liberals came into office

How to tackle the tax haven problem

CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick says one of the ways Canada can deal with the problem of people moving money out of country to avoid paying taxes is to reduce the number of ways to game the system. The tax code needs to be simplified.

Premier Scott Moe removes PST off most insurance premiums

Prior to winning the leadership of the SaskParty, CTF Prairie Director Todd MacKay asked Premier Scott Moe about taking the PST off insurance. Moe promise if he won the nomination he would take the tax off most insurance products. Today Premier Scott Moe announced that he's keeping that promise. This is a huge victory for Saskatchewan taxpayers - thank you Premier Moe.

Complaints about Montreal's potholes

With Spring arriving, Montreal roads are once again filling up with potholes. CTF Quebec Director Carl Valée asks how come Quebec has such a problem with potholes when other countries with similar climate do not?

Federal government must set priorities

CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick says one of the big issues facing the federal government is the need to prioritize its spending. The Federal government will be releasing its budget tomorrow, Feb 27, 2018.
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