Jordan Bateman

B.C. Will End Up Paying For Christy Clark's Foreign Investor Tax

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

There's no tax quite as popular as a tax on someone else. But will the people still be on board once the bills come in for collecting the Vancouver vacancy tax, or when the foreign investment tax has to morph to catch the money coming into the country? Or if housing prices are unaffected? Or if housing prices plunge and Canadian homeowners owe more than their home is worth?

Ask Victorians Before Gouging Drivers With More Gas Taxes

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Todd Stone, B.C.'s minister of transportation, has apparently told the Victoria Regional Transit Commission (VRTC) that he will approve their long-standing request for a two cents per litre gas tax hike in the Victoria region. The VRTC wants the tax, which would generate $6.6 million, for bus improvements.

On B.C. MLAs And Taxes

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Finance Minister Michael de Jong pulled out some bright red lipstick and smeared it all over the Medical Services Premium (MSP) tax pig in the 2016-17...

Push Back Against B.C.'s MSP-Like Infrastructure Levies

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

Road levy. Recreation and culture levy. Transportation for tomorrow tax. Dedicated road tax. Asset levy. Make no mistake: we want our cities to invest in infrastructure. Sewer, water, roads; these are core responsibilities of local government. But repackaging this spending with a new tax is a slap in the face.

It's Time To Wean B.C. Film Off Taxpayer-Funded Subsidies

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

All told, the B.C. government cut cheques for $1.5 billion in film subsidies over the past five years. That's more than taxpayers spent on the ministries of aboriginal relations, agriculture and environment -- combined. As if that wasn't enough, the federal government jumped in with $1.73 billion more nation-wide. With the low Canadian dollar attracting more filming here, these subsidies are going to soar even higher in 2016-17, as there are no caps on these payouts.

B.C. Pre-Budget Holds Good, Bad And Ugly Ideas For Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The bipartisan legislative committee was asked by Finance Minister Michael de Jong to travel the province and make recommendations for the 2016-17 B.C. budget. Unfortunately, the committee fell into the usual trap of recommending billions in new spending requests put in by dozens of special interest groups.

5 Months After The NO Vote, TransLink Questions Remain

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Peter Fassbender hasn't addressed a core concern for hundreds of thousands of taxpayers, expressed during the campaign that sent the TransLink sales tax down to landslide defeat: TransLink is still broken, still lacking the public's confidence.

Why Do Governments Feel The Need To Bribe Us With Our Own Money?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

There are tax credits for putting your kids in sports or music lessons, for volunteer firefighting, for taking a bus, for fixing up your kitchen, and for joining a search and rescue team. All worthy things, sure, but expensive for taxpayers. Now we're talking about a leftovers tax credit. Where will this trend end?

Slate Politics: Coming Soon To a B.C. City Hall Near You

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Video killed the radio star. But it's Peter Fassbender who is about to kill the independent civic politician.

B.C. Government Ain't Santa Claus

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

During 10 days of public meetings, special interest groups demanded $18.6 billion from the provincial government. It's 40 per cent of the province's annual budget. It's more than B.C. spends on health care. It's a ridiculous amount of money.

Forget the Raises, Politicians

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Here's the truth about politician pay. Some are grossly overpaid for the work they do, while some are terribly underpaid. But that distinction is very much in the eye of the beholder.

Fat Taxes a Naïve Prescription for Canadian Health

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Business
Jordan Bateman

They're coming first for your devilish Coca-Cola and Pepsi. But they aren't stopping there. They also want taxes on sugary fruit juice (you sinister Sun-Rype suckers!), and anything else that tastes slightly better than water. It won't end -- because big government types truly believe higher taxes can solve every problem -- there's no evidence it will work.

Take A Stick And Whack B.C. Carrot Rewards

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

What long-term health benefits would occur if government built $7.5 million in school playgrounds? Or spent $7.5 million cutting waitlists for surgery? Or made sure people had timely access to family physicians? Or improved rural or aboriginal drinking water quality to reduce the dozens of boil water advisories in effect across B.C. right now? Or any of a hundred other ideas.

TransLink CEO Job Listing Reveals Big Fat Pay Package

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 07.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The annual bonus alone could add up to $95,000.

What Should Happen Next at TransLink

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

No more poodles on poles, no more $40,000 TVs, no more leasing empty buildings, no more TransLink vanity projects.

Aboriginals Deserve Good Financial Governance

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

The lack of accountability on many reserves is why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation worked with grassroots band members to push for the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). Among other things, the law requires chiefs and councillors to disclose their pay publicly.

B.C. City Councils Can Improve Through Core Reviews -- If They Stick Together

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

City bureaucracies are a bit like junk drawers -- they need a good purging every once in a while.

Transit Vote's Yes Campaign Spent Almost $6 Million

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia

But one critic calls the spending "outrageous" and a "waste of taxpayer money."

Politicians Hate Government Ads -- Until They're The Government

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

While we scrimp and sacrifice and pay our taxes to ostensibly fund critical services like public safety, health and education; politicians line up to spend it on flashy ads designed to help them get more votes.

'Twas The Night Before A B.C. Taxpayer's Christmas

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through B.C. The pipeline wars were stirring, even over LNG

B.C. Post-Secondary Presidents Are Spending Like Rock Stars

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If these expenses are an example of presidents acting frugally in the face of funding shortfalls, taxpayers should be very concerned.

Don't Rush To The Amalgamation Altar, Victoria

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Not to sound like the grumpy parents of two love-struck teenagers, but there is a whole lot more to consider before taxpayers give their approval to such a wedding.

TransLink Should Focus On Restoring Public Faith In The Organization

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Instead of focusing on ways to con the taxpayer into handing more money over via dodgy claims and ballot questions, TransLink apologists should focus on addressing executive pay, delivering projects like Compass Card as promised, and curbing waste.

Vision Vancouver Sells Out Taxpayers For Big Labour Money

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If you're a Vancouver property taxpayer, a chill should be running down your spine.

It's Time To Take The First Real Step Towards A Debt-Free B.C.

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

You may not realize it, but you're drowning in debt. In fact, we all are.