Entries by Jordan Bateman from 11/2012

Government Ads Use And Abuse Taxpayers' Money

| Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Once upon a time, a popular opposition firebrand named Christy Clark stood up in the B.C. Legislature to rip the NDP government for spending tax dollars on shameless, self-promoting advertising. Fast forward 13 years and there was Clark, now B.C. Liberal premier, last week holding court for 90 seconds of taxpayer-funded TV ad time to laud her B.C. Jobs Plan -- even promising that four more weekly installments are on the way.

Vancouver Bixi Bike Share Takes Taxpayers For Ride

| Posted 11.07.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver's Bixi public bike-share program may sound like good public policy but in the end, it will be taxpayers who will get taken for a ride. Why are they paying for bikes when the car shares have proven transportation co-ops and businesses can be sustained without taxpayer dollars?

Adding PST To School Supplies Part Of $159-Million Tax Grab

| Posted 11.22.2012 | Canada British Columbia

When British Columbians rejected the HST in the 2011 referendum, they were promised things would go back to the PST normal. But an independent panel has recommended adding taxes to things that virtually every B.C. family buys -- a plan that will increase our already sky-high cost of living.