Saskatchewan - News Releases
Sask Needs "R&R"- tax Relief and tax Reform
February 09, 2000REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today sent a letter to Finance Minister Eric Cline encouraging the government to adopt the recommendations of the Saskatchewan Personal Income Tax Review Committee in the upcoming provincial budget.
"Saskatchewan people desperately need some R&R - tax Relief and tax Reform," says CTF Saskatchewan Director Richard Truscott in a letter to Mr. Cline. "Saskatchewan must move aggressively to reduce and reform taxes, or our people and businesses risk being left behind as other Canadians move forward," says Truscott.
CTF Launches School and Property Tax Petition
January 10, 2000REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is launching a new petition calling on the government to change provincial laws to give rural residents who are upset about high property and school taxes a lawful and democratic alternative to the tax revolt that is currently sweeping the countryside.
First Nations Fund Hidden from Taxpayers
December 14, 1999REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has launched a complaint with the provincial Information Commissioner after being denied access under the Freedom of Information Act to a list of disbursements by the First Nations Fund. The announcement comes on the heals of the Provincial Auditor's Report yesterday that stated, for the fourth time in the last two years, the Fund's trustees have refused to co-operate with his office and denied the Auditor access to review and audit the Fund's books.
Cost of Government Aircraft Takes Off
December 02, 1999REGINA: The cost of operating the provincial government's fleet of aircraft has almost doubled in the past three years, according to information obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF).
"Unlike the Canadian Air Force, the Saskatchewan Air Force is well funded by taxpayers," says Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the CTF.
Real Tax Relief Must Accompany Tax Reform
November 18, 1999REGINA: Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, is applauding many of the recommendations of the Personal Income Tax Review Committee, but is disappointed that the Committee isn't recommending a more substantial tax cut in the short term.
"Proposals to de-couple from federal income taxes, end bracket creep, increase family exemptions, and cut the PST all build on CTF recommendations," says Truscott.
Interim Rate Review Panel Must be First Step, Not a Stall
November 17, 1999REGINA: CTF Saskatchewan Director Richard Truscott says that today's announcement of an interim utility rate review process is a step in the right direction. But he is critical of its lack of independence, and is concerned that the government hasn't spelled out terms of reference. He also questioned why the government has not already rolled out plans for a permanent and independent rate review committee.
"This interim panel should be a step in the right direction, not an excuse to stall on establishing a permanent, fully independent, rate review process," says Truscott.
Road to Bankruptcy Paved With Tax Dollars
October 27, 1999REGINA: Information obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) through Access to Information reveals that while federal funding of Indian bands has increased dramatically, the financial position of Indian bands has worsened.
"Poverty in the midst of plenty would be a good slogan for the Department of Indian Affairs. Plenty of money, plenty of bureaucracy, plenty of waste and mismanagement," says CTF Federal Director Walter Robinson.
CTF Calls on Premier to Clarify Tax Cut Intentions
October 05, 1999REGINA: In an open letter sent to the Premier today, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has asked Premier Roy Romanow to spell out the tax relief policies of the new coalition government.
"In the campaign the NDP promised a $1,000 tax cut for an average Saskatchewan family in four years, but was vague on the details. Its time for the Premier to answer those questions," says Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation.
Put Our Money Where Your Mouth Is
September 01, 1999REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is today challenging the three main party leaders in the Saskatchewan election to sign a pledge committing themselves and their parties to keep their tax cut promises or resign.
"More frustrating than high taxes is the knowledge that politicians too often say one thing before the election and do something completely different after being elected," says Truscott.