Ontario politicians plotting to double dip on the taxpayer dime

It’s time for taxpayers to get out of the political party welfare business

Ontario politicians plotting to double dip on the taxpayer dimeOntarians should listen for a giant sucking sound from Queen’s Park. Now that the election is over and MPPs know that they don’t have to directly answer to voters for another four years, you can bet that Ontario’s political parties will team up once again to funnel even more money from taxpayers’ wallets into party…

And the winner is: more stories of government waste

Canada is more than $1 trillion in debt. Maybe it’s time to stop wasting taxpayers’ money

And the winner is: more stories of government wasteBy Franco Terrazzano and Kris Sims How do you scare a polar bear? You don’t. They are apex predators and could eat you whenever they want. But that didn’t stop the government of Manitoba from spending $150,000 replacing diesel tundra buggies with whisper-quiet electric vehicles so tourists wouldn’t frighten the bears away. Too bad they…

Stabilizing volative Alberta government revenues

And help Albertans cope with the scary roller coaster that is the economy

Stabilizing volative Alberta government revenuesAlbertans received the pleasant news that their deficit-plagued provincial government might bank a surplus for their concluding fiscal year and could very well experience the same this year. The reason for this happy state of financial affairs is the elevated price levels of oil and natural gas – coming just as a resurgence in the…

Canada’s electric vehicle ambitions are pure foolhardy fantasy

Here are facts for Canadians forced to face the real-world impact

Canada’s electric vehicle ambitions are pure foolhardy fantasyThe marvellous Christmas movie The Polar Express, starring the inimitable Tom Hanks, ends with the words “anything is possible, if you only believe.” Except, as adults understand, many things aren’t possible, not even if some people do believe them. An obvious example is the fantasy that the 84 per cent of global energy supplied by…

Ontario taxpayers set to choose from three unpalatable options

All three major party leaders are promising to run record-high deficits

Ontario taxpayers set to choose from three unpalatable optionsWhen election day arrives, it appears as though Ontarians will have a choice in which poison pill to swallow: record deficits with Premier Doug Ford, Liberal leader Steven Del Duca, or NDP leader Andrea Horwath. It’s an unfortunate consensus: the three major party leaders are promising to run record-high deficits. But no matter what Ontario’s…

Trudeau looking at a wealth tax to pay for soaring spending

Its impact on the overall economy means everyone will suffer

Trudeau looking at a wealth tax to pay for soaring spendingPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is eyeing a wealth tax to pay for his government’s spending spree. Heavily redacted documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation show Trudeau asked for an analysis of a $60-billion wealth tax. With indefinite deficits looming, it must be tempting to grab that cash. But a wealth tax would inflict economic…

Subsidizing public childcare centres is the wrong approach

Subsidize parents instead

Subsidizing public childcare centres is the wrong approachIn order to increase access to daycare services, the Quebec government recently announced the creation of 14,000 new subsidized daycare spaces over the next two years. But with 51,000 children on the waiting list for subsidized child care, there is not a single space available. And despite the government's good intentions, even this modest increase…

A federal dental care program is nothing to smile about

A government-run monopoly could lead to the same problems we see elsewhere in our health care systems

A federal dental care program is nothing to smile aboutOne of the big-ticket items in the most recent federal budget was the new NDP-approved dental care program. Since oral health falls under provincial jurisdiction, the announcement raises several questions as to the application of this program across the country. Expanding access to dental care is a goal we can all get behind, especially when…

Trudeau’s spending spree hitting Canadian families hard

The federal debt is now over $1.26 trillion!

Trudeau’s spending spree hitting Canadian families hardBy Gabriele Giguère and Olivier Rancourt Montreal Economic Institute The Bank of Canada’s decision to increase the policy interest rate by 0.5 percentage points, up to one per cent, was necessary in the current context. The soaring inflation that is hitting the Canadian economy full force, reaching 5.7 per cent in February, must be reined…

Will Kenney repeat Klein’s debt repayment?

Alberta needs to seize this opportunity; as history has shown, it may not last

Will Kenney repeat Klein’s debt repayment?Under the backdrop of rising provincial oil revenues, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s speech to the Alberta Municipal Leaders caucus in March and the debate around it mark the start of what will be the dominating discussion in provincial politics from now until the election. The question is, what do we do with this new revenue?…

Liberal-NDP deal will mean major tax hikes

When it comes to wealth taxes, Trudeau needs to draw a line in the sand

Liberal-NDP deal will mean major tax hikesNow that the years-long Liberal-NDP courtship has turned official, Canadians should brace themselves for an unwelcome raft of higher taxes and unsustainable spending. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau inking a deal with the NDP to keep him in power until 2025, Canada’s finances are headed from bad to worse. To help justify overspending, the Trudeau…

Why Jean Charest’s new political identity doesn’t fly

The Conservative leadership hopeful is attempting to rewrite history

Why Jean Charest’s new political identity doesn’t flyJean Charest joined the federal Conservative leadership race on Mar. 10. His campaign team immediately began to tout his experience as a former Progressive Conservative leader and cabinet minister, and former Quebec Liberal premier. That’s a predictable strategy. What’s also predictable is that Charest and his team initiated the long, arduous process of attempting to…

Ford needs to take a lesson from Alberta

Alberta has reduced its gas taxes by 13 cents a litre

Ford needs to take a lesson from AlbertaOntario Premier Doug Ford is sitting on his hands while Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is delivering relief for taxpayers. Earlier this week, Kenney announced his government would cut provincial gas taxes by 13 cents per litre in the face of skyrocketing oil prices. For a family filling up their minivan, Kenney’s tax cut means nearly…

Time to scrap entitlements for former G-Gs

Nearly eight in 10 Canadians want the G-G entitlement policy scrapped

Time to scrap entitlements for former G-GsJulie Payette must feel like she won the lottery. Despite resigning in shame from her posting as governor general amidst allegations of creating a toxic workplace, she is still entitled to the Cadillac of all retirement packages, courtesy of all of us taxpayers. First off, there’s the pension. At $150,000 per year, it’s generous enough…

On tax cuts, Ford should go all in

If Ford is tempted to embark on a spending spree this spring, he should think twice

On tax cuts, Ford should go all inAfter 15 years of governments pursuing high spending, run-away deficits, and no meaningful tax relief, it’s time for Ontario Premier Doug Ford to think big. Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy will present the Ford government’s pre-election budget next month, which gives his team a chance to set the spending tone as the province heads to a…
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