High Gas Taxes Driving British Columbians South of the Border
May 17, 2013CTF BC director Jordan Bateman says British Columbia's high gas taxes are causing people to go to the US to buy gas. He made the remarks as part of the CTF's annual Gas Tax Honesty Day held May 16, 2013.
BC Election Results in Costly Municipal Byelections
May 16, 2013The B.C. election saw several mayors and councillors move into the Legislature – now taxpayers are on the hook for a series of by-elections. But CTF's Jordan Bateman points out there is one Mayor/MLA elect, Penticton's Dan Ashton, who won't be a burden for taxpayers. From CBC News, May 15, 2013.
Manitobans protest PST hike in front of legislature
May 03, 2013On May 2, 2013, angry Manitobans gathered in front of the provincial legislature to protest the proposed PST hike. During the provincial election campaign, Premier Greg Selinger had promised he would not raise the PST.
Taking a closer look at the BC NDP's proposed tax hikes
April 16, 2013CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman vettes the NDP's proposed tax hikes and digs into gold-plated MLA pensions and other politician perks.
Manitoba Hydro spends money to defend spending
April 04, 2013Manitoba Hydro is taking to the airwaves to defend $20 billion in new spending. Prairie Director Colin Craig says instead of advertizing, Manitoba Hydro should be asking taxpayers if they want to be involved in this very risky investment that depends on U.S. buying electricity.
Why would anyone oppose financial accountability for Indian leadership?
April 02, 2013Native protestors showed up at news conference announcing the passing of Bill C-27. The protestors opposed this bill because it will require Native Chiefs and councilors to be more accountable and transparent about their salaries.
Bill C-27 Brings Transparency to Spending on Indian Reserves
April 01, 2013CTF attends news conference announcing the passing of Bill C-27 that requires Indian Bands to post their financial statements and Chief and councilor salaries online.
CTF discussed in Alberta Legislature
March 15, 2013The Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Scott Hennig, VP Communications and Derek Fildebrandt, Alberta Director were discussed in the Alberta Legislature surrounding the Alberta government's initial refusal to allow the CTF into the pre-budget lock up.
Questionable expenses by President of Red River College
March 14, 2013The Canadian Taxpayers Federation released FOI documents showing Manitoba's Red River College President Stephanie Forsyth expensed $205 for golf shoes, her driver's license, a bag at the Vancouver Airport for $134 and a number of expenses for her BMW; car washes, insurance, winter tires, a GPS, etc. Prairie Director Colin Craig comments.
Only 20% pay TransLink fare evasion fines
March 14, 2013After virtually ignoring fare evaders for decades, TransLink is seeing less than 20% of people pay their fare evasion fines. CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman says it's going to take a while for fare evaders to "unlearn" this behaviour.
What should be done with Pacific Carbon Trust?
March 13, 2013CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman and independent Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson have been fighting the wasteful Pacific Carbon Trust for a long time. Jordan asked Bob if he agrees with the CTF position that the Trust should be killed outright.
Alberta government backs down, lets CTF into prebudget meeting
March 07, 2013For the first time in 20 years, the Alberta government had decided not to allow the CTF into a pre-budget meeting to view the budget documents before they were released. However, after the story of the CTF's banishment gained media traction, the Alberta government relented and allowed Alberta Director Derek Fildebrandt to attend.
Denmark's failed fat tax experiment
February 28, 2013With groups proposing governments implement a tax on items deemed fattening, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation invited Jens Klarskov -- head of Denmark's Chamber of Commerce -- to tour Canada explaining Denmark's failed fat tax experiment. Denmark had implement a tax on fattening foods and repealed it one year later.
Ontario loses millions in tax dollars annually to sale of contraband cigarettes on reserves
February 08, 2013CTF Alberta Director Derek Fildebrandt discusses the latest report showing the Ontario and federal governments are losing as much as $1.2 billion in tax revenue annually due to the illegal sale of contraband cigarettes on Indian reserves.