Saskatchewan - Blog
Remember how the CTF raised the issue with both parties and the Speaker's office over taxpayers funded ads in the Commonwealth, official party newspaper of the NDP?
Although the CTF convinced the feds to end a hidden form of taxation knowns as "bracket creep" back in 2000, taxpayers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and PEI are still feeling the pinch.
However, what's worse is when one considers the impact of bracket creep over the past century; something that hurts all taxpayers nation-wide.
Politicians in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan like to talk about 'all the people moving home' in the their respective provinces. Yet, the latest Statistics Canada data shows only one of the two can boast a net gain.
According to Statistics Canada data purchased by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Saskatchewan saw a net-interprovincial migration gain of 3,909 people from July 1/2009 to June 30/2010. In other words, the number of people that moved to Saskatchewan from other parts of Canada was higher than the number of people that moved from Saskatchewan to other parts of Canada by 3,909 persons.
Conversely, Manitoba saw a net loss of 2,182 citizens. Population growth in Manitoba can be attributed to immigration from outside of Canada and natural population growth, but it's incorrect to say it can be chalked up to 'all the people moving back home'.
On a 'completely unrelated note', Saskatchewan does not have a payroll tax, has lower personal income taxes, a lower sales tax and is rolling up its sleeves to do something about government spending, debt and school taxes.
The most divisive debates in Canadian society normally revolve around two things: language and region. East versus west, French versus English, Toronto versus the Rest of Canada. We are united in our disunity. At the centre of both language and regional tensions is a 100 year dispute between Ottawa and Saskatchewan, or more eloquently, between the Rough Riders and the Roughriders.
Dome proponents who suggest Mosaic Stadium is outdated suffered a major setback yesterday. If you look at the fine print of yesteday's Riders' game, you'll notice the team had yet another sell-out; a 54-51 overtime thriller against Montreal.