Saskatchewan - News Releases
Don't mess with Canada Games, withdraw strike threat
July 10, 2005REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is condemning a threat by Regina City unions and the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour to disrupt the Canada Summer Games with a strike.
On Friday, July 8 the Regina Leader Post reported the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour is requesting that all union members and games volunteers not cross picket lines at city facilities - including Lawson Centre, Taylor Field, and Douglas Park.
CTF recommends sweeping business tax reforms
June 26, 2005CTF submission
REGINA: On the final day of the Saskatchewan Business Tax Review Committee's public consultation process, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling for sweeping business tax reforms aimed at stimulating the provincial economy.
Taxpayers federation slams centennial ad costs
May 01, 2005
- Centennial racks up $2 million for advertising
- Alberta spending only $1 million
REGINA: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) through Freedom of Information show the province has spent $2 million on advertising for Saskatchewan's centennial - twice as much as Alberta.
The Centennial Office has spent, or plans to spend, $2 million to advertise in a variety of mediums:
Print ads: $855,838, Produced by Brown Communications Group
CTF recommends restraint, privatization and tax cuts
February 21, 2005CTF Pre-budget Submission
SASKATOON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling for spending restraint, privatization initiatives and tax relief for families in its 2005 Saskatchewan pre-budget submission.
Province hides true cost of moving learning offices
February 15, 2005$5.4 million "Asset Renewal Costs" not included in public disclosure
SPMC's response (754 KB)
REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has obtained documents confirming that the government misled taxpayers on the true cost of moving Department of Learning offices into downtown Regina.
CTF applauds business tax cuts
January 10, 2005Step in the right direction, really long way to go
REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is applauding the Saskatchewan government's decision to reduce two provincial business taxes.
The province has announced that effective January 1, 2005, the small business corporate tax rate dropped from 5.5 per cent to 5 per cent. The corporate capital tax exemption was also raised from $17.5 million to $20 million.
Holiday cheer for Regina, lump of coal for Saskatoon
December 21, 2004Survey says: School taxes not just a farm problem, Sask property taxes among the highest in Canada
Edmonton Property Tax Survey (597 KB)
REGINA: The latest property taxes and utility charges survey produced by the City of Edmonton Planning and Development Department shows Saskatchewan's two biggest cities pay among the highest property taxes in Canada - largely due to school taxes.
Embracing competition: Reforming Liquor Retailing in Saskatchewan
November 22, 2004Summary of recommendations
-In the 12 month period following the passage of 2005 provincial budget, SLGA liquor stores should be sold and licenses issued to prospective liquor store operators.
-Licenses and current liquor store locations should be offered to current SLGA employees before being placed on the market.
-The province should enter into a public/private partnership to manage the supply chain.
-Proceeds from the sale of assets should be used to pay down the provincial debt.
Canadian Taxpayers Federation calls for liquor privatization
November 22, 2004Backgrounder
Report (847 KB)
- Sigma Analytics poll shows 72 per cent support liquor reform
- SLGA costs rising twice as fast as inflation
- Privatization would bring new jobs, businesses and attitude
Repeal 2004 tax hikes
November 15, 2004REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the Saskatchewan government reverse tax increases in the last budget, in light of new revenue forecasts outlined in the province's mid-year update.
"It's clear that the across-the-board tax increases announced in Budget 2004 were unnecessary and they should be repealed in the next budget," said CTF Saskatchewan director David MacLean. "Those tax increases betrayed the electorate, now it's time for the province to reverse those decisions and make good on their commitment to taxpayers."