Saskatchewan - News Releases
More Provincial Governments to Intervene in Landmark Indian Taxation Court Case
May 28, 2002REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today revealed that the Attorney General of British Columbia has informed the parties to Benoit v. Canada that the B.C. government plans to intervene in the landmark Indian taxation court case.
4th Annual Gas Tax Honesty Day: Municipalities Need Gas Taxes For Infrastructure
May 15, 2002Regina: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today launched its 4th annual Gas Tax Honesty Day (GTHD), a public awareness campaign to reduce gas taxes and fix roads. Along with a news conference, the CTF also released its 4th annual GTHD report entitled Filling the Infrastructure Gap.
The report's key recommendations include:
Federal and Provincial Governments Fail Farmers
May 08, 2002Regina: The day before a meeting of the three Prairie Premiers in Regina, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has slammed the federal and provincial governments for failing to defend farmers and address the fundamental problems facing the farming community.
School Taxes Rocket Upward in 2001
March 19, 2002REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) continued its fight for lower taxes today by releasing figures that show an enormous one-year jump in property tax bills. Information obtained from the Department of Municipal Affairs through Freedom of Information reveals a huge increase in municipal and school tax revenues in 2001 over 2000 right across the province:
Government Needs to Tackle the Total Tax Take
February 13, 2002REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today submitted its recommendations to Finance Minister Eric Cline regarding the upcoming provincial budget.
"Instead of trimming the fat in meat packing plants, our politicians should be trimming the fat in government," says Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the CTF, referring to recent government investments in several private businesses.
Taxpayers Get Fried Again in Fall-out from Government's Great Potato Project
December 13, 2001REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today reacted to the announcement by the provincial government that Saskatchewan's taxpayers will only be getting a fraction in return on their original investment in the Great Potato Project.
"Just as we feared, the taxpayers of Saskatchewan are going to get fried again by the provincial government's half-baked foray into the potato industry", says CTF Saskatchewan Director, Richard Truscott.
Property Tax Pressure Shifts from Urban to Rural Since 1992 Under the NDP
November 05, 2001Regina: The first of three new studies of Saskatchewan's property taxes by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) shows that the property tax burden has been increasing faster than inflation everywhere in the province over the past 15 years, and has increased much faster in rural areas since 1992 under the NDP government.
Property taxes rose in urban areas by 5.8% per year before 1992 and 2.2% per year after 1992. Property taxes in rural areas rose by 3.9% per year before 1992 and 5.9% per year after 1992.
Sask School Taxes Highest in Canada
October 16, 2001Regina: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has renewed its fight for lower property taxes by releasing numbers today obtained from the provincial Department of Education through Freedom of Information that show the burden of education taxes on Saskatchewan property owners is more than twice as heavy as the rest of Canada.
"Property taxes in Saskatchewan are punitive and out of whack with the rest of the country," says Saskatchewan CTF Director Richard Truscott. "The enormity of the gap between this province and the rest of the country is just astounding."
Government on Liquor Store Building Binge as Construction Costs Double
August 23, 2001REGINA: It's not a drinking binge but a "building binge" for the government, as spending on liquor store construction in Saskatchewan has more than doubled over the past year. The information comes from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), and was obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) through Freedom of Information.
Cabinet Ministers Racking Up the Air Miles
May 14, 2001REGINA: According to flight logs obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), 19 Saskatchewan Cabinet Ministers flew 1431 times on government-owed aircraft and chartered planes in the year 2000 - an average of 75 flights per flying Cabinet Minister, or 28 flights per week. "There are more politicians in the air than Canada geese," says Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the CTF.