Why is the City of Calgary funding anti-oil activists?
CTF Alberta director Derek Fildebrandt released information received via a Freedom of Information request showing Calgary taxpayers paid $340,000 to the Pembina Institute -- an activist organization opposing Alberta's oil sands. Ezra Levant slices through Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi's feeble attempts to justify the spending.
Was Nova Scotia government planning to hike recycling fees?
Atlantic Director Kevin Lacey releases a secret discussion paper leaked to the CTF, that suggests the Nova Scotia was considering hikes to numerous recycling fees. Caught off guard by the leak, the government has since stated it will not be hiking fees.
With a two and half story balloon of Mike Duffy as a backdrop, Federal Director Gregory Thomas calls on the Federal government to hold a national referendum or whether or not Canada should abolish the Senate. Thomas said the referendum should be held at the same time as the next federal election to save on costs.
The impact on BC taxpayers of selling liqufied natural gas overseas
CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman is digging into the impact on taxpayers and local natural gas buyers of selling liquified natural gas overseas. On the July 4 episode of Voice of B.C., he posed the question to Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman and, on the July 10 episode, to NDP critic John Horgan.
On June 20th, 2013, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation inducted Preston Manning, Lee Morrison and Werner Schmidt into the TaxFighter Honour Roll for their steadfast commitment to MP pension reform. Combined these three men will have foregone $3.7 million in pension payments because they stuck to their word and stayed out of the pension plan.
A number of business groups and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation have joined together to express their concerns about the damaging effects the proposed rate hike in the Manitoba PST will have on the economy.
Both MPs and Senators should post their expenses online
CTF federal Director Gregory says both MPs and Senators should be required to post their expenses online. Gregory says its hypocritical for MPs to criticize Senator expenses when MPs are keep their expense claims hidden from public view.
High Gas Taxes Driving British Columbians South of the Border
CTF BC director Jordan Bateman says British Columbia's high gas taxes are causing people to go to the US to buy gas. He made the remarks as part of the CTF's annual Gas Tax Honesty Day held May 16, 2013.
BC Election Results in Costly Municipal Byelections
The B.C. election saw several mayors and councillors move into the Legislature – now taxpayers are on the hook for a series of by-elections. But CTF's Jordan Bateman points out there is one Mayor/MLA elect, Penticton's Dan Ashton, who won't be a burden for taxpayers. From CBC News, May 15, 2013.
Manitobans protest PST hike in front of legislature
On May 2, 2013, angry Manitobans gathered in front of the provincial legislature to protest the proposed PST hike. During the provincial election campaign, Premier Greg Selinger had promised he would not raise the PST.
Manitoba Hydro is taking to the airwaves to defend $20 billion in new spending. Prairie Director Colin Craig says instead of advertizing, Manitoba Hydro should be asking taxpayers if they want to be involved in this very risky investment that depends on U.S. buying electricity.
Why would anyone oppose financial accountability for Indian leadership?
Native protestors showed up at news conference announcing the passing of Bill C-27. The protestors opposed this bill because it will require Native Chiefs and councilors to be more accountable and transparent about their salaries.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Scott Hennig, VP Communications and Derek Fildebrandt, Alberta Director were discussed in the Alberta Legislature surrounding the Alberta government's initial refusal to allow the CTF into the pre-budget lock up.
After virtually ignoring fare evaders for decades, TransLink is seeing less than 20% of people pay their fare evasion fines. CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman says it's going to take a while for fare evaders to "unlearn" this behaviour.
Questionable expenses by President of Red River College
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation released FOI documents showing Manitoba's Red River College President Stephanie Forsyth expensed $205 for golf shoes, her driver's license, a bag at the Vancouver Airport for $134 and a number of expenses for her BMW; car washes, insurance, winter tires, a GPS, etc. Prairie Director Colin Craig comments.
CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman and independent Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson have been fighting the wasteful Pacific Carbon Trust for a long time. Jordan asked Bob if he agrees with the CTF position that the Trust should be killed outright.
Alberta government backs down, lets CTF into prebudget meeting
For the first time in 20 years, the Alberta government had decided not to allow the CTF into a pre-budget meeting to view the budget documents before they were released. However, after the story of the CTF's banishment gained media traction, the Alberta government relented and allowed Alberta Director Derek Fildebrandt to attend.
With groups proposing governments implement a tax on items deemed fattening, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation invited Jens Klarskov -- head of Denmark's Chamber of Commerce -- to tour Canada explaining Denmark's failed fat tax experiment. Denmark had implement a tax on fattening foods and repealed it one year later.
Transit Police officer left explosives on a commercial jet liner
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's B.C. Director Jordan Bateman uncovered a frightening incident where a Transit Police officer left explosives on a commercial jet liner following a dog training exercise -- and didn't notice for two full days. Global News, January 21, 2013.
Ontario loses millions in tax dollars annually to sale of contraband cigarettes on reserves
CTF Alberta Director Derek Fildebrandt discusses the latest report showing the Ontario and federal governments are losing as much as $1.2 billion in tax revenue annually due to the illegal sale of contraband cigarettes on Indian reserves.
Prairie Director Colin Craig breaks down the salary of Chief Redman of the Standing Buffalo Reserve in Saskatchewan. Though the band has only 443 people, Redman pulls in a salary greater than the Prime Minister of Canada.
Alberta government finances were in trouble before the flood
With looming costs due to the recent flooding in Alberta, CTF Alberta director says the government can't blame the flood for its fiscal problems, because those problems were there long before the flood took place.
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