Saskatchewan - News Releases
Corporate welfare for Bombardier a raw deal for taxpayers
July 24, 2003REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today condemned Ottawa's $1.2 billion loan to Quebec Aerospace firm Bombardier and challenged Paul Martin to state where his priorities would lay.
"Bombardier is one of the biggest consumers of corporate welfare in Canadian history," said CTF Director David MacLean. "And the federal government continues to throw good money after bad."
Taxpayer-funded re-election campaign $2.3 million over budget
July 16, 2003Access to Information Request
REGINA: Internal government documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) show the province's Our Future is Wide Open campaign is $2.3 million over it's original budget of $2 million set last October.
Crowns spending king's ransom on annual reports
June 16, 2003REGINA: Research conducted by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) shows the major Crown corporations in Saskatchewan spent nearly $300,000 on glossy annual reports that Provincial Auditor Fred Wendel recently criticized as being incomplete.
Municipalities need gas taxes for infrastructure
May 14, 2003CTF Report
Regina: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today launched its 5th annual Gas Tax Honesty Campaign (GTHC), a public awareness campaign aimed at encouraging the federal government to return a portion of fuel tax revenues back to municipalities for roads.
Along with a news conference, the CTF released its 5th annual GTHC report entitled Filling the Infrastructure Gap.
Sask property taxes continue to soar
April 22, 2003REGINA: Information acquired from the Saskatchewan government by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveals that property taxes continued to soar in 2002, far outstripping Saskatchewan's 12 per cent rate of inflation since 1997.
Province delivers "Brick Card" budget
March 27, 2003REGINA: The Saskatchewan government has delivered a budget that boosts spending, increases the size of government, and does nothing to address our onerous tax burden. Despite the fact that government will borrow from the Stabilization Fund to balance the books, official government statements proclaim a "balanced" budget.
CTF to meet with Finance Minister to present budget recommendations
February 11, 2003Pre Budget Submission 2003
REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federations (CTF) will meet with Finance Minister Eric Cline today to present recommendations for the upcoming provincial budget.
CTF calls for binding referendum on Saskatoon casino proposal
January 16, 2003REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on Saskatoon City Council to hold a binding referendum on SIGA's proposal for a new casino in the city. Since its inception, the CTF has been a leading advocate for direct democracy and democratic reform.
Pay teachers according to performance, say Albertans
December 11, 2002EDMONTON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a commissioned poll showing that most Albertans support changing the way that Alberta pays its teachers. Currently, the salary of Alberta teachers is based on seniority, and on whether they possess a master's degree or a bachelor's degree. The poll reveals that most Albertans also want student achievement, parental satisfaction, and the teacher's involvement in extra-curricular activities to be considered as criteria in determining salaries.
Haven't we seen this movie before
December 11, 2002REGINA: Saskatchewan's Provincial Auditor has delivered yet another condemning report describing "improper use of public money" by Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), the First Nations Fund, and Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming. Of 19 recommendations to SIGA made by the Auditor General since 2000, only seven have been implemented, four have been partially implemented, and eight have been completely ignored.