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Christine Van Geyn

Ontario Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Christine is the Ontario Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a non-profit organization that advocates for lower taxes, less waste, and accountable government.

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Don't Blame Foreign Buyers For Soaring GTA Home Prices

Instead of blaming foreign demand for prices that are rising because of government-imposed supply restrictions, the government should address how their own ideologically driven policies are contributing to the affordability crisis. But blaming others means the government doesn't need to change.
03/23/2017 10:25 EDT
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Ontario Desperately Needs A Realistic Plan To Curb Spending

Every winter, the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance invites groups to make submissions about what they would like to see in the spring budget. Every year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation does what no other group in Ontario does: they ask the government to spend less money, not more.
12/13/2016 04:12 EST
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Keep Net Zero Bargaining

Premier Wynne has removed the "net zero" requirement from government employee contract bargaining, effectively re-opening the floodgates of wage increases for bureaucrats and other unionized government employees. Here's what that means for Ontarians.
09/30/2016 08:29 EDT
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Ontario Liberals Must Repay Secret Funds Funneled To Unions

If someone gave you $80.5 million dollars, you'd probably feel pretty good about them. You may want to shout it from the rooftops that you think they're great -- and you may even be willing to pay a million dollars or two to shout it, especially if it meant the money would keep rolling in. In essence, that's what auditor general Bonnie Lysyk found was happening in Ontario with the Wynne government's secret payments to teachers' unions. The total amounts paid by the government to teachers union organizations is astounding: since 2000, $80.5 million in taxpayer money has been funneled to teachers' organizations.
05/19/2016 05:57 EDT
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Ontario's Hocus Pocus Budget

There's nothing magical about the ninth consecutive deficit, or the $296 billion in debt the province will have as of March 31. Nor in the nearly one billion per month in interest payments our government has us paying. But Wynne and Sousa's commitment that the budget will be balanced next year requires faith in the supernatural.
03/03/2016 04:38 EST
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Let's Call Ontario Teachers' Action The Strike It Actually Is

Elementary teachers in Ontario have now escalated what they are calling "work-to-rule" job action by withdrawing from extracurricular activities for students. Parents, students and now even the Premier are getting frustrated with the hold-out union. The Premier has stated that if an agreement is not reached with Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) by November 1st, she may approve docking teachers' pay.
10/31/2015 10:27 EDT
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Changes to Ontario 'Death Tax' Puts Additional Burden on Grieving Families

When a person dies, their assets are managed by an estate representative. In most cases, that person is the grieving spouse or children. Ontario has the highest Estate Administration Tax (EAT) the country. The EAT was previously called a "probate fee," but in this rare instance of honesty the Ontario government has changed the name to reflect what it really is -- an estate tax. Failure to comply with these new burdensome rules can result in fines starting at $1,000, imprisonment for up to two years, or both.
09/24/2015 12:15 EDT
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Toronto Taxpayers Deserve Transparency in the 2024 Olympic Bid Process

Premier Wynne and Mayor Tory refuse to say whether or not Toronto will be bidding on the Games. Wynne and Tory fall back on the line that there are still a "lot of questions" about a possible Olympic bid, and that time is needed to answer those questions. The fact that the politicians leading the Olympic charge are saying questions remain so late in the game should raise eyebrows. The smart money says that they have been planning on filing the bid letter all along, but have been keeping taxpayers in the dark. The truth is that the city has been looking into the 2024 Olympics for years.
09/11/2015 08:04 EDT
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Pan Am Poured Taxpayer Funds Down the Drain

Those sparkling Pan Am cars sitting unused in lots under the Gardiner were sparkling for a reason. Instead of collecting dust, these vehicles were treated to regular washes at Big Wax and Imperial Oil. Throughout the games, Pan Am vehicles can be seen regularly rolling through these same car wash facilities.
07/29/2015 01:00 EDT
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Ontario Can Look to Greece to See the Dangers of an Underground Economy

The Greek failure to successfully address tax evasion should prove instructive to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who in 2014 pledged to crack down on tax cheats. Greek measures to tackle evasion with enforcement have resulted in only small improvements. An enforcement only strategy should not be the model Ontario follows for tackling the underground economy. Relying on enforcement and punishment squeezes legitimate businesses who are already faced with high compliance costs and tax and regulatory burdens.
07/20/2015 12:37 EDT