Saskatchewan - News Releases
CTF: Last Call for More Tax Relief
March 20, 2001REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today submitted its final recommendations along with a petition of 9,100 names asking the Finance Minister to announce stronger personal tax relief in the provincial budget expected at the end of March.
CTF Wins Appeal to Intervene in Landmark Native Taxation Court Case
March 18, 2001REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has won "leave to intervene" in an important federal court case between the federal government and Treaty 8 Indians set to begin in May 2001 that could determine whether Canada is forced to adopt racially-based tax policies.
"It is very important that taxpayers' voices be heard. If the plaintiffs win, it could lead to 'taxpayer apartheid' with hundreds of thousands of Native people being exempt from taxes because of their race," says Richard Truscott, Director of the CTF.
AIDA Administration Costs Could Top $100 Million
March 04, 2001REGINA: Total administration costs for the Agriculture Income Disaster Assistance program (AIDA) may be more than three times higher than originally budgeted by the time the program ends later this month, says Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF).
CTF Challenges Melenchuk to School Tax Debate
February 25, 2001REGINA: Richard Truscott, the Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), is challenging Education Minister Jim Melenchuk to a debate on school taxes.
"The Minister is either misunderstanding our tax cut proposals, or misrepresenting them because he doesn't want to offer hard-pressed taxpayers any relief. He either needs remedial math classes or he needs to sit in the corner for awhile," says Truscott.
"Let's kick it around in a public debate so the Saskatchewan people can decide for themselves," says Truscott.
CTF Delivers Property Tax Petition to Premier's Door
February 21, 2001REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today submitted a 12,500 name petition calling on the Premier and his government to provide meaningful property and school tax relief in next month's budget.
"This issue is a test of leadership for the new Premier. He'll have to bring a lot of government departments on board to deliver serious property and school tax relief in this budget," says Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the CTF. "The temporary, two-year school tax rebate program is simply not good enough," he adds.
Cost of No-Fault Review Tops $1 Million
February 18, 2001REGINA: The cost of last year's review of the provincial government's "no-fault" auto insurance scheme has topped $1 million according to documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) through two Freedom of Information queries.
"The costs of the government's no-fault review have exceed the original budgets by 20%, and the bills may still be rolling in," says Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the CTF.
Saving Public Health Care Demands Bold Solutions
February 12, 2001REGINA: In a submission to the Medicare Review Commission, CTF Saskatchewan Director Richard Truscott calls for new ways to fund health care and control costs without hiking taxes.
"We need to think outside the box," says Truscott. "Our policy-makers must prescribe remedies now to deal with the demographic and technological challenges that threaten the sustainability of the health care system. We can't wait for these challenges to run us over."
CTF Demands End to Native PST Exemption
March 14, 2000Regina: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is today presenting the Saskatchewan Finance Minister with a petition of 29,000 names demanding that Saskatchewan treaty Indians pay PST on off-reserve purchases.
"Fair tax policy must be based in economics, not genetics," says CTF Saskatchewan Director Richard Truscott.
"Saskatchewan people want tax relief and tax reform, and both must be based in tax fairness. Racially-based tax exemptions are not practical or fair, and have no place in 21st century Saskatchewan," he adds.
Sell the Crowns to Fund Schools and Cut Taxes
February 20, 2000Regina: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) Provincial Director Richard Truscott met with Finance Minister Eric Cline today and submitted recommendations for the upcoming provincial budget. Among these is a proposal to sell Crown assets and establish a "Future Fund" to help fund schools and relieve the property tax burden.
Sask Taxpayers Robbed by Billion Dollar Creep
February 13, 2000Regina: A new study released by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveals that by 2001 bracket creep will have quietly drained almost $2.9 billion from the pockets of Saskatchewan's taxpayers into federal coffers, while the provincial government will have benefited to the tune of almost $1 billion.
The report, entitled "The ABCs of Bracket Creep: 2000", also shows that Ottawa and the provinces have netted a Canada-wide tax increase of $90 billion over the past decade thanks to bracket creep - $69 billion for the federal government and $20.5 billion for the provinces.