Saskatchewan - News Releases
CTF calls for transparency in union negotiations
October 04, 2004REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the provincial government to make public the concessions they made to the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union (SGEU) in agreeing to a new three-year contract.
Both union and government officials have indicated that a deal has been struck that exceeds the strict zero, one and one wage mandate announced in Budget 2004.
CTF: Successful native blockade is legalized extortion
September 06, 2004
- Province must provide justification for bowing to illegal pressure tactics
On Friday, August 27, band members blocked the road leading to the Cluff Lake uranium mine demanding jobs for members during the decommissioning of the mine. The Band has now agreed to dismantle the blockade in exchange for jobs and training at the site.
Saskatchewan absenteeism 14 per cent higher than the national average-and rising
August 12, 2004REGINA: A Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) survey reveals that public sector absenteeism is on the rise in Saskatchewan, costing taxpayers untold millions each year.
Of the 12 crowns, departments and agencies surveyed by the CTF using Freedom Of Information legislation, ten showed overall increases in absenteeism. While the Department of Corrections saw a significant decrease in absenteeism, their rates remain well above national averages. Agriculture, Food and Rural Revitalization also showed significant improvement.
Government refuses to disclose impact of PST hike
June 14, 2004Government's response (210 KB)
REGINA: The Saskatchewan government is invoking clauses in Freedom of Information legislation to stop the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) from accessing internal government documents regarding the potential economic impact of increasing the provincial sales tax (PST).
Running on empty
May 31, 2004REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's (CTF) campaign to give motorists a break at the pump and share fuel tax revenues with municipalities is winning support in Saskatchewan.
The CTF has embarked on a cross-country tour, in a campaign decorated van, of forty communities to build support for lower gasoline taxes and its Municipal Roadway Trust -- a practical model for returning half of the federal gas tax revenues directly to municipalities.
Saskatchewan Finance Minister Meets with CTF Board of Directors
April 05, 2004REGINA: Saskatchewan Finance Minister Harry Van Mulligen apologized to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Board of Directors for not agreeing to hear from the organization in the lead up to Saskatchewan's most recent budget.
The apology was stated as the Minister shared his thoughts on the most recent provincial budget with the CTF Board in Regina on Saturday, April 3rd. Minister Van Mulligen was the first Saskatchewan Cabinet Minister to meet with the CTF Board of Directors.
7,282 taxpayers say NO to tax hikes
March 23, 2004REGINA: Nearly 7,300 Saskatchewan residents have signed a Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) petition calling on Premier Calvert to balance the budget over four years without raising taxes. Since the January 15 launch of the "No Tax Hikes!" campaign, petitions have been pouring in at a rate of more than 100 per day.
Property taxes skyrocketing
March 15, 2004Property Tax Backgrounder
REGINA: An analysis of property tax data since 1985 released today by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) shows that property taxes in Saskatchewan are rising much faster than inflation - in some cases more than twice as fast.
CTF: NO to PST hike -- YES to school tax cuts
January 07, 2004REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the provincial government to scrap a recommendation to increase the provincial sales tax in order to offset school tax reductions.
The province's Commission on K-12 School Financing today released its report recommending significant reductions in onerous school taxes on property. To offset the additional expenditure from the General Revenue Fund, the Commission recommends a one cent hike in the provincial sales tax.