Equalization has cost Alberta $67 billion

And what has it bought? Hostility

Equalization has cost Alberta $67 billionBy Kevin Lacey and Franco Terrazzano Canadian Taxpayers Federation Sixty-seven billion dollars. That’s how much the federal government’s equalization scheme has cost Alberta taxpayers since its inception in 1957. This year, equalization will cost Alberta taxpayers nearly $3 billion. That means that equalization will cost an Alberta family of four about $2,600 this year on…

Canada needs to take Alberta’s equalization grievances seriously

Referendum is exposing a deep crack in Confederation

Canada needs to take Alberta’s equalization grievances seriouslyAlberta’s referendum on equalization is more than a vote on a federal program: it’s an urgently needed conversation about a deep crack in Confederation. So far, Canada has ignored the problem and the rift has grown. Now a referendum yes vote will push federal and provincial governments to the negotiation table. So, let’s talk. All…

O’Toole has a serious credibility problem

And once you’ve lost your credibility it’s very hard to grow it back

O’Toole has a serious credibility problemIn politics, nothing is more important than credibility. Politicians can deliver stirring speeches and launch searing attack ads, but if they don’t tell the truth, nobody believes any of it. And, one way or another, voters will hold them accountable. After our “election about nothing,” Erin O’Toole has a serious credibility problem. Take his flip-flop…

Politicians need to practice what they preach and pay back wage subsidy

NDP, Liberals and Conservatives all helped themselves to the wage subsidy meant for struggling businesses

Politicians need to practice what they preach and pay back wage subsidyPoliticians are good at preaching, but they’re not so good at practicing what they preach. Case in point: the federal wage subsidy. Federal politicians have been moralizing about the evils of business executives taking bonuses while collecting the pandemic wage subsidy, but their silence on their own party taking the subsidy is deafening. At the…

Taxpayers still waiting for a credible plan to balance the books

$424 million(!) being added to the debt every single day

Taxpayers still waiting for a credible plan to balance the booksBy Franco Terrazzano and Jay Goldberg Canadian Taxpayers Federation If the federal government’s fiscal policy stays on its current trajectory, Canada’s trillion-dollar debt will be a major drain on taxpayers’ wallets for generations to come. In this election, voters will need to closely examine parties’ plans to plug that drain. Unfortunately, the current Liberal plan…

How politicians can make our lives more affordable

A huge portion of the high cost of living is being driven by government policy

How politicians can make our lives more affordableBy Franco Terrazzano and Jay Goldberg Canadian Taxpayers Federation Political parties are trying their best to convince Canadians they can make life more affordable. But if politicians want us to believe them, they need to look in the mirror. That’s because making life more affordable really means tackling the damage government does through regulation, high…

Canadians deserve better than five decades of deficits

More deficits mean more debt that your kids and grandkids will need to pay back

Canadians deserve better than five decades of deficitsThe Parliamentary Budget Officer has finally answered the burning question: will Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s budget balance itself? The answer: yes, it will – but not for another almost 50 years. According to data published by the PBO, under status quo policies the federal government will balance its budget again in the year 2070. By…

Bureaucrats living high off the hog at taxpayers expense

Ottawa’s public service has swelled by roughly 10,000 bureaucrats per year under Trudeau

Bureaucrats living high off the hog at taxpayers expenseCOVID-19 has shone a light on a fundamental divide within Canada: the growing government bureaucracy and those forced to pay for it. This contrast is illustrated by Statistics Canada’s latest jobs report. The private sector, including the self-employed, has shed 520,400 jobs since COVID-19 hit us, while the number of government jobs across the country…

You’re on the hook for $57,000 in government debt

We have to start demanding that politicians start making some tough choices

You’re on the hook for $57,000 in government debtFifty-seven thousand dollars. That’s the average amount each Canadian will owe in provincial and federal government debt by the end of the year. It’s not just the rich or big corporations that will be mopping up this budget mess if politicians don’t take some air out of their bloated budgets. Politicians are already starting to…

Trudeau gun grab will be ineffective and very expensive

Even the National Police Federation, Canada’s largest police union, believes the buyback will do little to curb criminality

Trudeau gun grab will be ineffective and very expensiveBy Franco Terrazzano and Kevin Lacey Canadian Taxpayers Federation Here we go again. Ottawa’s budget watchdog is on the trail of another big taxpayer boondoggle in the making with the federal government’s latest gun policy. First, a Liberal government introduced the gun registry in the 1990s. That was supposed to cost $2 million, but, by…

Global tax cartel is a march to higher taxes

... and more corporate welfare

Global tax cartel is a march to higher taxesCanadian politicians like Chrystia Freeland see tax competition as a “race to the bottom.” But for the rest of us, a global tax cartel will mean an inevitable march toward higher tax bills and more pork for companies with access to politicians. Freeland agreed to the American-led proposal for a global minimum business tax of…

Time to bring Governor General perks back down to planet Earth

When a new governor general takes the controls as head of state, the routine waste of money at that office needs to stop

Time to bring Governor General perks back down to planet EarthIt’s a rare event when the stars align in the cosmos of Ottawa to create the perfect opportunity for politicians to save taxpayers some money. That phenomenon is happening now. Ottawa is facing a black hole of debt. It needs to save money, and that signal needs to come from the top. When a new…

It’s time for Alberta professors and bureaucrats to take a pay cut

It’s unfair to make Albertans struggling through the pandemic to pay for bigger salaries for post-secondary employees

It’s time for Alberta professors and bureaucrats to take a pay cutMany bureaucrats and professors have been collecting bigger paycheques during the pandemic, which means bigger bills for struggling families and students at the worst possible time. More than 11,500 university and college employees received a pay raise in 2020, which cost taxpayers and students $29 million, according to freedom of information requests obtained by the…

Trudeau trampling freedom of expression

So culture lobby can rake in more dough

Trudeau trampling freedom of expressionThe Trudeau government is throwing freedom of expression under the bus so the entertainment and culture lobby can pocket more dough. The proposed law, Bill C-10, opens the door for unelected bureaucrats to put online content under their microscope. These ramifications led Peter Menzies, former vice-chair of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications, to refer to the…

Taxing the rich is the Trojan horse of politics

It’s not just the wealthy who will feel the pain

Taxing the rich is the Trojan horse of politicsAs the federal government’s debt soars by $424 million per day, Canadians need to be on guard for the Trojan horse of politics: higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses. These taxes won’t balance the budget. But they will make it easier for politicians to get their tax hikes through the city gates. And once…

Trudeau is sticking future generations with his spending bill

Babies born on budget day 2021 had more than $28,000 of debt the moment they opened their eyes

Trudeau is sticking future generations with his spending billBy Franco Terrazzano Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Kris Rondolo Generation Screwed Canadian babies born on federal budget day 2021 had more than $28,000 of debt the moment they opened their eyes. That’s each Canadian’s share of the federal government’s $1-trillion debt. And it’s going up. By the time those little ones blow out their candles…

Liberal’s Bill C-10 targets our right to hold government accountable

Liberal’s Bill C-10 targets our right to hold government accountableCanadians can choose to watch virtually anything from anywhere in the world online. And they can share virtually any opinion globally through their cellphone. It’s astonishing freedom. But the federal government sees a problem. Canadians aren’t watching enough of the right stuff and sometimes they say the wrong things. So, the Liberal government introduced Bill…

Canadians sinking under a $1,000,000,000,000 debt tab

And just wait until you hear how much the government is spending to cover its debt interest costs. It isn't pretty

Canadians sinking under a $1,000,000,000,000 debt tabIf you think the federal government’s so-called historic spending on a national child-care scheme is big, wait until you hear how much the government is spending to cover its debt interest costs. In its 2021 budget, the Justin Trudeau government is promising to spend $30 billion over five years on a national child-care program. That’s…

New child-care program plays a shell game with the costs

Sticking future generations with the tab isn’t a winning solution

New child-care program plays a shell game with the costsBy Franco Terrazzano and Renaud Brossard Canadian Taxpayers Federation There’s a big difference between making something affordable and playing a shell game with the costs. Unfortunately, the feds are choosing the latter with their new child-care program. The federal 2021 budget allocated $30 billion over the next five years towards a national child care program…

Federal budget spends more on everything with no plan to pay for it

The Trudeau government has set Canada on a path to fiscal destruction

Federal budget spends more on everything with no plan to pay for itBy Aaron Wudrick and Franco Terrazzano Canadian Taxpayers Federation The British politician Nigel Lawson once said: “To govern is to choose – to appear to be unable to choose is to appear to be unable to govern.” If Lawson is correct, then the only conclusion to be drawn from Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s federal budget…

Alberta public sector pampered, while taxpayers suffer

So much for being in this together

Alberta public sector pampered, while taxpayers sufferAlbertans are enduring a tale of two downturns during COVID-19. There’s the very real downturn full of private-sector pain. Then there’s the experience of government employees who have largely been shielded from the downturn. Over the last year, 76,600 private-sector jobs vanished in Alberta, while 5,600 government jobs were added. Since the beginning of 2015,…

Reducing the bloat at Alberta’s universities and colleges

They need to continue to tighten their belts like everyone else

Reducing the bloat at Alberta’s universities and collegesFamilies and businesses have found ways to save money during the pandemic and downturn. Alberta’s universities and colleges can save some money too. With Alberta steamrolling through the $100-billion debt mark this year and the United Conservatives spending more than the New Democrats, there wasn’t much good for taxpayers in the Alberta government’s 2021 budget.…

Alberta’s Budget 2021 shows a lack of effort to find savings

The UCP government is spending more than the NDP

Alberta’s Budget 2021 shows a lack of effort to find savingsAlberta’s Budget 2021 blew the roof off spending restraint, leaving taxpayers with a simple question: businesses and families have found ways to save money during the pandemic and downturn, so why is the Alberta government the only place that can’t find savings? To be fair to Finance Minister Travis Toews, he is finding some savings…

Tone deaf CEOs think Albertans need to pay higher taxes

Business Council of Alberta that thinks the government should consider a provincial sales tax and carbon tax

Tone deaf CEOs think Albertans need to pay higher taxesMore than 90 big-wig business executives think you don’t pay enough taxes. It’s all laid out in a report released by the Business Council of Alberta that thinks the government should consider a provincial sales tax and carbon tax. The BCA’s website refers to itself as “a group of over 90 chief executives from across…

Equalization referendum is crucial step in Alberta’s fight for fairness

There’s only one way for Albertans to get a fair deal in Canada: fight for it

Equalization referendum is crucial step in Alberta’s fight for fairnessPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has made one thing clear: he’s not going to hand Alberta a fair deal on a silver platter. There’s only one way for Albertans to get a fair deal: fight for it. The next step in our fight for fairness is this year’s equalization referendum. The equalization referendum on Oct. 18…
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