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…

Alberta taxpayers need some wins in upcoming legislative session

An Alberta Taxpayer Protection Act, recall legislation, and a fair deal for the province within Canada a good place to start

Alberta taxpayers need some wins in upcoming legislative sessionWith the Alberta government steamrolling towards a $100-billion debt tab, things aren’t exactly rainbows and lollipops for taxpayers these days. Fortunately, there are three ways MLAs can help taxpayers get ahead in the upcoming legislative session: increase government accountability, find savings at the top of the bureaucratic pyramid and reignite Alberta’s fight for fairness. It’s…

Alberta must reject tax hikes and commit to balancing the budget

Albertans need tax hikes like they need a hole in the head

Alberta must reject tax hikes and commit to balancing the budgetBudget 2021 is right around the corner and there’s two commitments taxpayers expect from Finance Minister Travis Toews: no tax hikes and a plan to balance the budget. Albertans need tax hikes like we need a hole in the head. Alberta lost 73,000 jobs over the last year. Businesses can’t afford higher taxes either. About…

Municipalities have options to cut taxes

One solution to help struggling businesses and families would be to cut property taxes

Municipalities have options to cut taxesBy Colin Craig Secondstreet.org and Franco Terrazzano Canadian Taxpayers Federation In addition to COVID-19, Canada has two major problems we must grapple with: high unemployment and high government spending. While many families are currently struggling with job losses or lost income, there are signs Canada’s economy could face even more challenges. A recent Canadian Federation…

Keystone XL cancellation a wake up call for Alberta

Biden killing Keystone XL wouldn’t have felt like such a blow if Trudeau hadn't killed Northern Gateway and Energy East first

Keystone XL cancellation a wake up call for AlbertaU.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to pull the plug on the Keystone XL pipeline is another punch to the gut for Alberta’s economy, but it’s also a good wake up call and provides us with some crucial lessons. The first lesson is straight forward: we need politicians to let businesses build pipelines in Canada. Yanking…

No such thing as a downturn if you work in government

A growing class divide between those who receive a government paycheque and those who pay it

No such thing as a downturn if you work in governmentLast year was a surprisingly good year financially for Alberta bureaucrats, unless you were one of the unlucky rubes who doesn’t work for the government. Even though the private sector was shedding jobs by the thousands, many Alberta bureaucrats received pay raises during lockdowns, courtesy of Mr. and Ms. Taxpayer. If that doesn’t seem fair…

Alberts needs to reverse its income tax hike

Alberts needs to reverse its income tax hikeThe last thing Albertans need right now is a provincial government reaching further into our pockets with higher income taxes. But higher income taxes are exactly what Albertans are getting in 2021, courtesy of Premier Jason Kenney’s sneaky backdoor tax grab known as bracket creep. Bracket creep happens when governments stop indexing tax brackets with…

Sun-soaked vacations show why Albertans need recall legislation

Sun-soaked vacations show why Albertans need recall legislationAlbertans have every right to hate the hypocrisy coming from United Conservatives who locked the province down and decided to vacation abroad. The government just plunged Alberta into its second lockdown. Families spent the holidays apart. Businesses shut down and some may never again open their doors. Many workers are taking pay cuts to help…