Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Time For Auditor General To Turn Up The Heat On Abbotsford

Jordan Bateman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

How bad was the taxpayer payout? During the Heat's five-year run, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation calculates every attendee benefited from a $21.48 taxpayer subsidy -- every fan, every seat, every game, for five expensive seasons.

BC's HST Hangover Hangs On

Jordan Bateman | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Compared to just five years ago, British Columbians now hand over an extra $20 bill every week of the year to the provincial government. This is the biggest jump in the country. This is a hangover from the HST.

Metro Vancouver Needs To Stop Bullying Elected Councils

Jordan Bateman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

In a triumph for local democracy, the bully that is Metro Vancouver has been put in its proper place by a provincial judge. Metro Vancouver should save its taxpayers some money by forgoing an appeal in this case and accepting the fact that it doesn't always know best. Let's see a little more of this "collaborative federation," and a lot less bullying of elected councils.

B.C. Losing its Tax Advantage -- and Its People

Jordan Bateman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Our beautiful landscape, outdoorsy way of life, and mild weather can only overcome a certain amount of taxes. People are already beginning to vote with their feet, leaving our province for greener pastures -- another spin that will continue to speed up if the BC Liberals do not reverse course.

Harper Government Gets Wasteful Spending Award

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government has been given a dubious award for spending millions of tax dollars to promote a job grant that doesn't yet exist.Empl...

Time For B.C. To Say Sayonara To The Senate

Jordan Bateman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The best thing for B.C. is to join Saskatchewan and Manitoba and call for the abolition of the Senate. Premier Clark, deep down, knows this. In her 2011 leadership campaign, she was clear: "We don't really need a Senate." Since then, the Senate's reputation has only worsened, as new scandals and criminal charges tear away any credibility that once resided in the Upper Chamber.

Ontario Urged To Slash $13 Billion In Spending

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation urged the Ontario government Monday to slash $13 billion in spending to balance the books in 2014 and star...

Government Purchases: Someone Needs To Look At How Sausage Is Made

Jordan Bateman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

When it comes to a lot of government activity, taxpayers often want to ignore how the sausage is made: Just take as little of our money as possible, spend it wisely, and make sure the services we depend on are there when we need them. Bureaucracies love that apathy -- it allows them to escape scrutiny of their actions and policies.

Municipal Candidates Should Steal Better Ideas This Fall

Jordan Bateman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Taxpayers deserve more than the same-old, same-old from potential mayors and councillors. We want details and real ideas. And, in a world where "there is nothing new under the sun," one hopes that a few ideas that have popped up in cities across B.C. might take root everywhere.

TransLink Border Tax Should Be Deported

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

In a year where TransLink apologists seemed to throw every possible tax grab -- sales tax hikes, vehicle levies, road pricing, carbon tax -- at the wall to see if anything would stick, one idea stood above the rest for its sheer ludicrousness. The envelope please..

Look Who's At The Top Of The 'Naughty' List

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has put Alberta Premier Alison Redford at the top of its provincial government “naughty” list for sta...

Could a B.C. Government Worker Actually Grow the Economy?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

It's an all-too-regular occurrence in this province. Government employees, whipped up by their union leaders, marching against whatever economic development opportunity is being proposed. Pipelines to the coast? Opposed. Gas exploration? Opposed. Companies creating investment revenue for pensions? Opposed. New mine? Opposed. Coal exports? Opposed. But what if government employees had a direct financial stake in the economy doing better than expected? Would they be more willing to consider ways to grow the economy? It's an interesting premise, and one the B.C. government will test in the next round of collective bargaining.

Good Corporate Citizens Don't Take Cash From Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Can a company truly be considered a good corporate citizen while taking money from taxpayers through corporate welfare? Corporate welfare happens when a government makes a political decision to use tax dollars to favour one company over another. While all of us understand we need to pay taxes to fund societal benefits like hospitals, schools and infrastructure, most feel government should not use our money to pick winners and losers in business by handing out grants to specific companies.

EI Is the Biggest Scam of Them All

Nick Bergamini | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Bergamini

Now you may be asking, "How is EI a scam? I pay into it, and if I lose my job, the government's got my back right?" The answer to that is no, not exactly. The government plays favourites with EI benefit payments, basing your eligibility entirely on where you live and what you do for a living.

Canadian Taxpayers Federation Gets it Wrong

Christopher Smillie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Christopher Smillie

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is supposedly a "not-for-profit citizen's group dedicated to lower taxes, less waste and accountable government." It...

Should EI Become A Savings Plan?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A taxpayer group says Canada's employment insurance system is broken and needs to be replaced.In a report released today, the Canadian Taxpay...

Going off-road is getting expensive in B.C.

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

"There is no such thing as free regulation," John Hutton once said, and the British author was right. Every rule set out by government comes with a price -- both to individual freedom and to taxpayers' wallets. Sometimes, the regulation is worth the loss of freedom or the cost. Few begrudge spending tax dollars or the loss of freedom to have the Auditor General review the province's books. But when government attempts to solve a problem that appears to be overblown, regulation becomes expensive and unnecessary.

B.C.'s Carbon Tax is no West Coast Panacea

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.31.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The carbon tax lobby was practically giddy this month, as newspaper headlines touting a B.C. climate change agreement with three U.S. states blared, "Washington and Oregon follow B.C.'s lead on carbon tax system," and "Washington, Oregon plan to emulate B.C.'s carbon tax." Fortunately for American taxpayers, the headlines just aren't true.

Why Clark's Unhappy With BC Ferries

CBC | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

BC Ferries is being heavily criticized after it emerged there is still no plan to curb executive bonuses despite pledges to get such compensation un...

How Much Does TransLink's CEO Make?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If TransLink is as broke as it claims to be, why are taxpayers so grossly overpaying its chief executive officer? Ian Jarvis received $394,730 in salary, incentives and taxable benefits in 2012, plus another $32,552 in taxpayer-funded petition contributions. On top of that, Jarvis took $11,418 in "other" benefits, including a "Wellness Allowance" that apparently only the CEO is eligible for. That's a total compensation package of $438,700. Jarvis made $140,000 more last year than the province's deputy transportation minister, Grant Main. He made $200,000 more than Premier Christy Clark. Clark wasn't alone; Jarvis out earned Prime Minister Stephen Harper by nearly $75,000.

The Cliché That's Costing B.C. Big Time

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Whether BC Liberal or NDP, governments have grown reliant on the cash flowing from ICBC and BC Hydro ratepayers. Any suggestion of reduction is met with ministerial shrugs and the talking point: "How would we fund health and other services without that money? Should we raise taxes?" Yet, the ignored solution can be found in another cliché: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

TransLink: A Rat's Nest Of Redundancy

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Giving TransLink more tax dollars is like giving a pyromaniac a fresh box of matches. Both will eventually run out and keep coming back for more -- unless they change their ways. TransLink's executive vice-president Bob Paddon, he of the $307,857 annual pay, claims his operation is an "efficient and well-run organization." The facts prove otherwise. TransLink is a rat's nest of redundancy and waste.

There's Nothing Impoverished About B.C. Cities' Budgets

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Don't hold your breath hoping mayors and councillors will come home from this month's Union of B.C. Municipalities conference with a stack of cost-saving ideas and strategies. In 2011, cities in B.C. combined to bring in $7.87 billion in revenue. Regional districts added another $1.6 billion. Throw in TransLink and its $1.3 billion and you have a combined annual budget of $10.77 billion to run everything from Abbotsford to Zeballos. To put that into perspective, if local government were a provincial government ministry, it would be bigger than anything except health, and more than double the size of education.

Sick Day Abuse Makes Taxpayers Nauseous

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

When was the last time you called in sick? Was it just a case of the sniffles? Were you flat on your back? Or did you go golfing and not want to use a vacation day? Did you feel guilty about leaving your co-workers to cover for you? Did you take as few days as possible, knowing someone else had to pick up the slack in your absence? Chances are if you work in the private sector, your answers are very different from those of some government employees.

The Drastic Idea Proposed To Pay For Flood Repairs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is recommending some drastic measures to help pay for the billions of dollars in flood damage suffered in ...