Saskatchewan - News Releases
The Summer of Rural Discontent
August 01, 1999REGINA: The CTF is calling for changes to the Rural Municipalities Act to give rural residents who are upset about high property taxes a lawful and democratic alternative to a tax revolt. "Rural citizens need a Citizen's Initiative Bylaw at the local level so they have a means of fighting high taxes short of civil disobedience," says Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
Rural Sask Being Bled Dry by Property Taxes
July 25, 1999REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is today calling on the provincial government to launch a series of public consultations on property taxes as soon as the income tax review committee has wrapped up its hearings this summer. Saskatchewan has the highest property taxes compared to property value of any province in Canada.
We Work Until 12:57 PM Every Day to Pay our 49.5% Tax Burden to Governments
June 28, 1999REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today reacted to the Fraser Institute's calculations that on this day (June 29th) "Tax Freedom Day" has arrived in Saskatchewan. The Institute calculates Tax Freedom Day as the day of the year when Canadians finally start working for themselves and their families. As the Institute notes, "all money earned prior to this day is required to pay the taxes imposed by the three levels of government - federal provincial, and municipal."
Taxpayers Being Mashed in Potato Fiasco
June 14, 1999REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today added its voice to the rising chorus of calls for an independent audit of SaskWater's $10 million investment in the Lake Diefenbaker Potato Corporation (LDPC) and points out that taxpayers may be on the hook for over $30 million.
Revised Numbers Confirm Crown Profiteering
May 18, 1999REGINA: "There's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that the Crown profits are not as high as we thought. The bad news is that they are still making billions in excess profits on the back of Saskatchewan ratepayers," says Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, about revisions to a recent CTF commissioned report on profiteering by Crown utilities.
Tax Hikes 12 Times Larger Than Tax Cuts
May 10, 1999REGINA: "One step forward, twelve steps back." That's one way to describe the tax record of the current government according to Richard Truscott, Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
"In the run-up to the election, government politicians have been bragging that they have cut income taxes and sales taxes, but the true tax record of the government is that its tax hikes are more than twelve times bigger than its tax cuts," says Truscott.
Taxpayers Stalked by Bracket Creep
April 29, 1999REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released numbers to show the extra tax paid by taxpayers in 1998 due to "bracket creep". Bracket creep refers to the fact that tax brackets, exemptions, and credits are not fully adjusted to compensate for the effects of inflation, resulting in a steady increase in the amount of income tax that Canadians pay.