BC's ICBC facing a crushing $1.3 billon deficit
January 29, 2018British Columbia's government-owned car insurer ICBC is anticipating a $1.3 billion deficit this fiscal year. With consumers expecting more rate hikes, CTF's BC Director Kris Sims says the government should turn ICBC into a cooperative and allow competition in car insurance. British Columbia has the highest car insurance rates in Canada.
BC's ICBC will bleed out a billion dollars this year.
January 29, 2018CTF BC Director Kris Sims says the because ICBC is a government-forced monopoly, BC drivers have no choice but to use it for their car insurance. British Columbia already have the highest car insurance rates in Canada and with this deficit, their premiums will go even higher. Kris says the government should change ICBC into a co-op and open up car insurance to competition.
Two reports that Albertans might like
January 23, 2018We've just released two new reports that policy geeks in Alberta may like :) The reports discuss everything from scrapping the carbon tax and recall legislation to balancing the province's budget – enjoy! Taxpayer Agenda for Alberta: https://www.taxpayer.com/media/TAFA%20-%20Final.pdf CTF 2018 pre-budget report: https://www.taxpayer.com/media/Pre-budget%202018.pdf
CTF's 2018 pre-budget submission to the Ontario government
January 19, 2018CTF Ontario Director Christine Van Geyn makes her 2018 pre-budget submission to the Ontario Government. She expressed concerns about government accounting practices that covers up the province's true financial picture and its gag law trying to shut down free speech.
La Fédération canadienne des contribuables lance une pétition pour s'opposer aux hausses de taxes à Montréal
January 17, 2018La Fédération canadienne des contribuables a lancé aujourd’hui une pétition pour s’opposer aux hausses de taxes de la nouvelle administration Plante à Montréal.
BC's Translink demands a congestion tax for Vancouver
January 17, 2018BC Director Kris Sims is encouraging motorists to push back on the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission recommendation proposing new taxes and tolls in the name of reducing traffic congestion. The panel created by Translink, and its working group are pushing for tolls at bridges and tunnels and a tax-per-kilometre for commuters
CTF calls on Winnipeg firefighter's union to pay back president's salary
January 09, 2018After it was discovered Winnipeg taxpayers were paying 70% of the salary of the president of the firefighter's union, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation called on the city to rescind the agreement that allowed it and then said the union should pay back the money. Alex Forrest who serves as president of the United Firefighters of Winnipeg earns over $116,000 annually.
Carbon tax increase hitting Alberta on Jan 1, 2018
December 29, 2017CTF Alberta Director Colin Craig says the carbon tax increase scheduled for Alberta on Jan 1, 2018 couldn't come at a worse time for the economy.
CTF presently surprised by Québec tax cuts
December 28, 2017CTF Québec Director Carl Valée called the Québec government's decision to cut taxes in 2018 a step in the right direction. However, the province still has a ways to go, because its taxes are still significantly higher than neighboring provinces. In Ontario a person earning $60,000 pays just $10,000 in taxes compared to $12,500 in Quebec.
Federal & Provincial Debts as of December 20, 2017
December 20, 2017The following video is taken from the CTF's Debtclock.ca that tracks how fast government debt is growing. The video includes government debt for Ottawa and each province and as well a per capita breakdown. To calculate your share of the debt, add the federal per capita debt to the per capita debt of the province you live in.