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.
Premier-elect Ford pledged early and eagerly to end the carbon tax, and give taxpayers money back in their pockets.
After years of waste and mismanagement by the Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty governments, taxpayers do indeed need relief.
04/06/2018 13:10 EDT
No matter how you slice it, $100,000 is a lot of money and there are an awful of lot government employees earning it.
03/27/2018 12:42 EDT
The nickel and diming of taxpayers is especially stinging in a province like Ontario, where the cost of living has increased dramatically over the last 10 years.
01/04/2018 10:19 EST
It's difficult for industrial employers to remain competitive with unaffordable electricity.
09/20/2017 14:16 EDT
It seems like the premier finally met a tax hike she doesn't like. Or at the very least, one she doesn't like the timing of.
08/18/2017 11:00 EDT
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
The reverse Robin Hood philosophy has been fully embraced by the Ontario government, an odd turn of events for the self-proclaimed "social justice premier." Nothing shows this philosophy better than the government's newest costly experiment, the cap-and-trade carbon tax.
02/08/2017 02:56 EST
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
Based on the Auditor General's analysis, Ontario businesses are expected to send $466 million to California and Quebec under cap and trade by 2020. And by 2030, businesses will have sent about $2.2 billion. That's all money leaving the Ontario economy to achieve almost nothing. Sadly, it's just the beginning.
12/05/2016 03:04 EST
The reality is that every single person who wants to engage in free expression on university must deal with the campus thought police, first. The Canadian Taxpayer Federation's (CTF) student initiative, Generation Screwed, which deals with government debt and fiscal issues, has had its own share of challenges.
11/30/2016 11:44 EST
The premier may finally be able to recognize her mistakes with hydro rates, now that thousands of suffering Ontario families are screaming about it. But apparently, she isn't able to recognize the mistake she's currently in the process of making with cap and trade. Count that as a lesson not learned.
11/22/2016 07:57 EST
The premier said that the new tax on home heating fuels and gasoline is necessary because Ontarians are "very bad actors in terms of our per capita emissions." That's right, the new tax on keeping your family warm in the winter and on your daily commute to work is because Ontarians are "bad actors."
10/13/2016 11:47 EDT
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
Without an ounce of self-awareness, the party that for over a decade has bungled Ontario's electricity policy, resulting in the fastest growing rates in North America, is petitioning itself against the high rates for which they are responsible.
09/15/2016 12:38 EDT
After two leaked drafts and a taxpayer funded ad promoting it, the public now finally has details on Kathleen Wynne's new climate change plan...and to be honest, it's pretty kooky.
06/10/2016 12:04 EDT
Over the long weekend, many Ontarians took time to visit friends and family across the province. For many, a topic of conversation over dining tables or dockside drinks was the state of the province and revelations from the past week of the conduct of Premier Kathleen Wynne. But where to begin?
05/25/2016 10:59 EDT
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
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
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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