Oil and gas taxes play significant role in Canadian social programs

If the sector disappeared, taxes would have to be increased substantially to provide us with the services we have come to expect

Oil and gas taxes play significant role in Canadian social programsBy Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre Between 1969 and 2019, Canadian parents received $499 billion in family allowance payments and children’s benefits from the federal government. That 50-year cost was matched by $505 billion in revenues to governments from the oil and gas sector – except that such taxpayer cash was collected…

Wilson-Raybould book could be an election game-changer

Indian’ in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power could open old wounds and create new ones

Wilson-Raybould book could be an election game-changerElections in democracies generally fit under one of two historical patterns. They can be straightforward experiences where parties and candidates take an early lead and romp to victory or win comfortably. They can also be complicated situations where parties and candidates go up and down in the polls like yo-yos, face many twists and turns,…

China wants Liberals to win so it can maintain its influence

For the past half-century, media has obscured the relationship between China's government and the Liberal Party of Canada

China wants Liberals to win so it can maintain its influenceWeChat, China's government-controlled social media giant, has made up its mind which party they want to win the Canadian federal election on September 20th: “Please vote for the Liberals and use your power in the Chinese community so that we can have a chance to influence the future of Canada." A more complete picture reveals…

Ontario gas prices hit seven-year high

Without taxes, the price of gas per litre today would be sitting at 92 cents

Ontario gas prices hit seven-year highHardworking taxpayers are facing record-high gas prices, and politicians are the culprits driving up the bills. In Ontario, up to 38 per cent of the price of gas that we are charged at the pumps comes from taxes, according to a report released by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. And that percentage is only set to…

Will Canadians stick with Trudeau the changemaker?

For someone who was allegedly not up to the job, Trudeau has made significant achievements in support of his policy agenda

Will Canadians stick with Trudeau the changemaker?The first day of Canada’s Election#44 campaign involved critics accusing Prime Minister Trudeau of selfishly calling an election as a vanity project seeking a majority government. The prime minister naturally rejected that allegation, noting that pivotal decisions need to be made as Canada emerges from the pandemic, suggesting voters’ upcoming decision would be “maybe the…

When political protests become hate-filled harassment

Harassment such as that experienced by Rempel Garner and Trudeau must be immediately condemned

When political protests become hate-filled harassmentCanada’s federal election campaign just passed the two-week mark. Alas, we’ve already witnessed an invasion of the privacy of some politicians in public and private spaces. There was the Aug. 27 disruption of a Liberal rally in Bolton, Ont. Dozens of protesters, ranging from government critics to opponents of COVID-19 masks and vaccine passports, yelled…

Higher mortgage hurdles beat up on working class

The Trudeau government is papering over its policy failures by rationing housing to the working class

Higher mortgage hurdles beat up on working classThere’s no mystery as to why Canada has seen a record-setting housing spike in the past year: negative real interest rates and monetary debasement from federal deficits. Rather than considering fiscal austerity and getting inflation under control, the federal government has opted to ration home buying and exclude those on the margins. Officials have raised,…

Canada must help ease the chaos in Afghanistan

Joe Biden rivals his predecessor, Donald Trump, in the peddling of lies and false promises

Canada must help ease the chaos in AfghanistanDuring the final week of Canada’s modest evacuation flight effort, Canadian visa holders outside Kabul International Airport took their chances to fight through the crowds and make it to one of the ever-changing gates that occasionally would open and admit tiny fractions of the throngs of people desperately trying to get on an evacuation flight.…

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…

Manipulated video a sure sign Liberals feeling the heat

If Liberals have a couple more weeks that resemble their first, re-election could be in serious jeopardy

Manipulated video a sure sign Liberals feeling the heatDuring an election campaign, political parties are often faced with situations that could involve a few hiccups, some pitfalls, and even a major controversy or two. The Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats and others aren’t immune to this. What differentiates them is how they handle these situations. From the initial response to the tactical use of…

Any unwanted abortion is a tragedy

But many Canadian women feel they don't have any alternative

Any unwanted abortion is a tragedyThe 2021 Canadian election has begun, and that means that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is talking about abortion. This isn’t primarily a tactic to rake in new votes; Trudeau’s team knows that solidly pro-abortion voters are already voting Liberal, and the ambivalent majority doesn’t make it a ballot issue. But pushing abortion at home and…

Canada is obligated to help the people of Afghanistan

To do anything less would be to our eternal shame

Canada is obligated to help the people of AfghanistanIn traditional Afghan tribal culture, there is a concept called Nanawatai that roughly translates to sanctuary or asylum. Under that concept, if a person in need invokes Nanawatai, the other party must come to their aid. The western project to recreate Afghanistan as a representative and socially liberal state (at least within the standards of…

Free speech can’t be filtered through a bureaucratic superstructure

The Trudeau government wants you to believe it’s targeting hate speech when, in reality, it’s targeting free speech

Free speech can’t be filtered through a bureaucratic superstructureFree speech ensures that Canadians have the right to tell governments when they’re wrong. While this may be unpleasant for governments, it is absolutely vital in a democratic society. Rather than strengthening Canadians’ rights, the Trudeau government wants to filter free speech through the lens of a bureaucratic superstructure. There can be no doubt that…

Welcome to the federal election few Canadians wanted

Could we be witnessing a Liberal disaster in the making?

Welcome to the federal election few Canadians wantedPulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Carl Sandburg wrote, “Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.” Sandburg’s line from his famous 1936 poem The People, Yes could also be incorporated into a modern context for the Great White North. To wit, “Sometime they’ll give an election and nobody will come.” All kidding aside, many Canadians will obviously…

Democracy cannot survive if free speech is regulated by government

Unfortunately the Trudeau Liberals believe otherwise

Democracy cannot survive if free speech is regulated by governmentCanada did not build protection of certain rights and freedoms into its Constitution because, as some might think, they are saucy symbols of pop virtues. They are there because serious people understood that without the Charter of Rights and Freedoms the nation would fail to be a modern liberal democracy. The fundamental freedoms – those…

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…

Higher taxes won’t solve our crippling fiscal problems

Instead, the government should be working at finding ways to control spending

Higher taxes won’t solve our crippling fiscal problemsCanadian politicians appear to be gearing up for an election campaign in which they will be asked how they would handle the myriad issues facing the country. Two of our most pressing concerns are Canada’s crippling debt and sky-high deficits. As the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) recently noted , we are currently on track for…

What if money is not the answer for Indigenous communities?

The feds tend to use money as a surrogate to real commitment

What if money is not the answer for Indigenous communities?The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made extraordinary financial commitments to Indigenous peoples in Canada. The number and scale of the allocations over the past few years have been staggering, both in comparative and absolute terms. Last week, the federal government and First Nations reached an agreement on water supplies on reserves, estimated…

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…

We don’t need mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports in Canada

The role of government in a democracy isn’t to create barriers to free choice

We don’t need mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports in CanadaAs parts of the world begin to turn the corner with COVID-19, the discussion related to mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports has started to intensify. A vaccine passport is a document that confirms an individual’s full immunization against COVID-19. It will contain a proper record of the COVID-19 vaccine doses that a person received and may…

Natural gas offers the best way to meet emissions targets

G7 countries will further cripple their economies by pursuing their green energy fantasies

Natural gas offers the best way to meet emissions targetsAt their meeting in June, G7 leaders agreed to a greenhouse gas emissions target of “net zero” by 2050. That would require phasing out fossil fuels that currently supply 84 per cent of global energy. But how? The common reply is “putting a price on carbon,” i.e., carbon taxes. But unless there’s a viable alternative,…

B.C. needs to pull out of its debt spiral

Premier Horgan really needs to start getting his spending under control

B.C. needs to pull out of its debt spiralThe interest payments on British Columbia’s provincial debt this year could pay the salaries of 4,600 new paramedics for 10 years. But, instead of paying for first responders or providing tax relief to families, a whopping $2.8 billion is being sent to bondholders on Bay Street and Wall Street every year to pay for our…

Weighing the success of the various vaccine rollout strategies

Decentralization of supply management led to better results

Weighing the success of the various vaccine rollout strategiesVaccines are seen as the key to ending the COVID-19 crisis. But creating a vaccine is one thing; having enough of it for the population is another. Here comes the problem of supply management. From the beginning of the crisis, many pharmacy laboratories worldwide tried to develop a vaccine against the virus. Some of them…

If history is any guide, a Liberal majority government is within reach

The current Liberal iteration hasn’t been in power long enough for serious fatigue to set in and Justin Trudeau isn’t Paul Martin

If history is any guide, a Liberal majority government is within reachShould the mooted federal election materialize, it’ll be the third time in 50 years that a minority Liberal government took an early trip to the polls. So will the result resemble Pierre Trudeau of 1972 and 1974 (a minority followed by a big victory) or Paul Martin of 2004 and 2006 (a minority followed by…

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…

Why Canadian railroads want to expand aggressively

The regulatory environment in Canada makes foreign expansion not only more attractive but necessary to avoid stagnation or decline

Why Canadian railroads want to expand aggressivelyA bidding war erupted recently between Canada’s two mammoth and historic railways, Canadian National (CN) and archrival Canadian Pacific (CP), for the American railroad Kansas City Southern (KCS). KCS ultimately accepted CN’s US$30-billion bid after scrapping CP’s US$33.6-billion offer. This is all about KCS’s mid-American location and its extensive network in Mexico, where there’s considerable…

Keeping border closed ignores our pandemic progress

Relaxing measures at the border could serve as an indication that vaccination efforts are working

Keeping border closed ignores our pandemic progressPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has made no secret about his belief that every Canadian should get vaccinated. “I just want to get back to normal,” he said in May, insisting that the path back to normality was to ensure that everybody, including the “crusty old uncle who resists” or a “friend who’s skeptical,” take a…

The moral corruption of Canada’s once honourable values

Canada must not fall for Hamas’ propaganda. The Palestinian people deserve better

The moral corruption of Canada’s once honourable valuesCanada has carved a niche for itself in the global space as a country dedicated to peace, moral values, and human rights. Whether it was the Conservative government’s commitment to maternal health under the Millennium Development Goals and defending democracies, or the Liberal government’s leadership in human security and in creating the Responsibility to Protect…
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