Saskatchewan - News Releases
ISC Bureaucrats jet-setting on taxpayer dime
December 08, 2002REGINA: Information acquired by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveals that provincial bureaucrats working for crown-owned Information Services Corporation (ISC) spent 2001 jet-setting around the planet on taxpayer dime.
Destinations included Albania, Australia, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Washington and Frankfurt, Germany. The purpose of the travel was to drum up business for the disastrous Land Registry System, which has been plagued by cost overruns and countless complaints from users.
$25 dollar tax, additional fuel tax are non-starters
December 03, 2002REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on municipalities to abandon proposals to levy a $25 tax on all motor vehicles in Saskatchewan, and an additional two cent per litre fuel tax.
The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) recently proposed two methods of collecting more tax dollars to help address municipal budget shortfalls. One option is a $25 dollar tax on all Saskatchewan vehicle registrations. The other proposal is a municipal gasoline tax, said to be in the range of two cents per liter.
Province needs economic reform, not advertising
November 03, 2002REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling the province's multi-million dollar effort to coax people in to moving to Saskatchewan a waste of time and tax dollars.
The three-year campaign includes television commercials, a specially commissioned rock anthem, and a website. Details of the cost of the entire campaign were not disclosed, but the first phase has been pegged at $2 million.
CTF applauds Saskatchewan's opposition to Kyoto
October 28, 2002REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is applauding the Saskatchewan government's vocal opposition to the costly Kyoto protocol. In a news conference yesterday, Minister Lautermilch clearly stated the province's opposition to the deal, and asserted the province's jurisdictional rights over resources.
What's good for oil and gas is good for the rest of us
October 06, 2002REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today welcomed changes to oil and gas taxes, but added that similar cuts should be extended to the rest of Saskatchewan residents.
"Premier Calvert's remarks that tax cuts stimulate the economy and create jobs is right on the money - and exactly what the CTF has been arguing for years," says new CTF Saskatchewan Director David MacLean. "What he isn't saying is that the same logic applies to the rest of the economy."
Information Law Has More Holes than Swiss Cheese
September 17, 2002REGINA: Saskatchewan's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act has more holes than swiss cheese according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). At his final news conference today, departing CTF Provincial Director Richard Truscott literally poked holes in the information law to demonstrate the need for changes to the laws that govern the disclosure of public information. Truscott has used the law hundreds of times during his tenure with the CTF to try and expose government waste and improve access to public documents.
Taxpayers Suffer Hangover from Government Liquor Store Building Binge
July 08, 2002REGINA: Data obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) through Freedom of Information and released today confirms the construction and renovation tab for Saskatchewan's government-owned and operated liquor stores has swelled to more than $8.5 million over the past four years.
Saskatchewan Government to Intervene in Landmark Indian Taxation Court Case- Finally
July 01, 2002VICTORIA/REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today revealed that the Attorney General of Saskatchewan served notice on June 26, 2002 that it intends to appear and make submissions in the appeal of the historic Indian taxation court case Benoit v. Canada. The Saskatchewan government now joins the CTF and the provincial governments of Alberta and B.C. as official intervenors in the case.