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Jordan Bateman

British Columbia Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Jordan Bateman is the British Columbia Director of the <a href="http://www.taxpayer.com" rel="nofollow">Canadian Taxpayers Federation</a>, after working as a journalist, small business owner, and Township of Langley councillor. Having ghostwritten and edited more than 125 books for other people, he is now working on his own.
B.C. Mayors Are Totally Oblivious To Taxpayers'

B.C. Mayors Are Totally Oblivious To Taxpayers' Woes

Another week, another weak attempt by the Lower Mainland mayors to pin all the region's problems on the provincial government. Fastballs of problems are flung fast and furious by the city politicians: homelessness, property taxes, TransLink.
04/18/2017 03:52 EDT
Shut Down B.C. Lottery's Annual Taxpayer-Funded Spending

Shut Down B.C. Lottery's Annual Taxpayer-Funded Spending Binge

The BC Lottery Corporation's big schmooze-and-booze conference should have taxpayers, who pick up the tab, singing the blues. BCLC lost $208,642 on its 2016 New Horizons in Responsible Gaming conference. The conference attracted only 85 paid registrants.
03/14/2017 12:30 EDT
B.C. Government Finally Delivers On MSP Tax

B.C. Government Finally Delivers On MSP Tax Cut​

In his 2017-18 BC Budget Feb. 21, Finance Minister Mike de Jong announced that the hated Medical Services Premium tax will be cut in half, as the first step toward eliminating it completely. Just one short year ago in the B.C. Budget lockup, de Jong gave an impassioned defence of the Medical Services Premium (MSP) tax.
02/22/2017 04:31 EST
Voters Can't Settle For Lack Of Transparency Around BC

Voters Can't Settle For Lack Of Transparency Around BC Hydro

We're now three months from the provincial election. The government doesn't seem to want to talk in-depth about BC Hydro, so it will be up to the voters to press it as an issue. What are the parties' plans to get BC Hydro out of debt? How much will they increase our rates? How will they bring costs under control?
02/17/2017 12:06 EST
It's Now Or Never For Christy Clark To Scrap B.C.'s MSP

It's Now Or Never For Christy Clark To Scrap B.C.'s MSP Tax

Heading into this month's B.C. budget, Premier Christy Clark is saying all the right things about scrapping the Medical Services Premium (MSP) tax. The B.C. Liberals have been busy pouring water on every smoldering election issue they can find. On and on the list goes, leaving the MSP tax as one of the few big potholes remaining on the road to re-election.
02/06/2017 11:15 EST
B.C. Politicians Must Be Vigilant On Sewage Bottom

B.C. Politicians Must Be Vigilant On Sewage Bottom Line

Why is flushing money down the toilet the thing the Capital Regional District board seems to be best at? And how can the municipal politicians and officials charged with building a sewage treatment centre be so oblivious to things that don't pass the smell test? (No pun intended.)
01/19/2017 02:04 EST
Old Man Winter Slays Mayor Gregor's Green

Old Man Winter Slays Mayor Gregor's Green Vancouver

Winter has come to Mayor Gregor Robertson's Vancouver. And the city's lack of preparation has become its own sort of George R.R. Martin epic. The land is frozen under a thick layer of snow and ice. Travel has become treacherous. Hundreds swarmed local fire halls like white walkers, trying to get some free salt.
01/10/2017 03:40 EST
End The Secrecy Around First Nations Leaders'

End The Secrecy Around First Nations Leaders' Spending

Despite all the good the FNFTA has done in B.C., members of 23 bands are still waiting to see this year's disclosures, and three are missing two full years. This is basic transparency that every citizen deserves - how does government spend their money, and how much do politicians spend on themselves?
11/21/2016 02:46 EST
Carbon Taxes Falling Everywhere, Except In

Carbon Taxes Falling Everywhere, Except In B.C.

After eight years of British Columbians paying and paying and paying, still no North American jurisdiction has followed B.C.'s lead and brought in a carbon tax. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now trying to force carbon pricing on the entire country, but several provinces are rightfully resisting.
11/15/2016 02:25 EST
Taxpayers Should Keep Hissing For Savings From TransLink

Taxpayers Should Keep Hissing For Savings From TransLink Mayors

"The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing." Mayors forgot that axiom last year when they spent millions trying to convince taxpayers to hand over a new sales tax to TransLink -- an agency widely reviled for its wasteful spending.
10/21/2016 11:38 EDT
B.C.'s Mayors Need To Listen To Their

B.C.'s Mayors Need To Listen To Their Citizens

Leaders have a responsibility to resist their own cynicism and scratch beneath the surface to hear what people -- even those who are opposed -- are saying. What is the core concern driving the speaker? Is it affordability? Safety? Mayors should ask genuine questions of people, and actually listen to their responses
09/30/2016 02:07 EDT
Over-Regulation Of Airbnb A Stumble Down Slippery

Over-Regulation Of Airbnb A Stumble Down Slippery Slope

Robertson's vacancy and Airbnb taxes are a significant stumble down a slippery slope. If these new taxes don't raise the vacancy rate high enough, will he go after unoccupied suites in homes? Empty bedrooms? If private housing is now a social good, with its use essentially controlled through tax and regulation, what's to stop these next steps?
09/30/2016 01:00 EDT
Taxpayers Will Shoulder Burden Of Vancouver Natural-Gas

Taxpayers Will Shoulder Burden Of Vancouver Natural-Gas Ban

Robertson wants a 70 per cent cut in natural gas use by 2020, and 90 per cent gone within 10 years. This will cost individual residents thousands of dollars -- and was approved by Robertson and his council without any thought to the affordability crisis in Vancouver.
09/22/2016 01:18 EDT
Trudeau Should Just Say No To City Pot Tax

Trudeau Should Just Say No To City Pot Tax Grab

In last year's Liberal election platform, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana, touting a "new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied." By leaving out the possibility of city taxes, Trudeau raised the hackles of spend-crazy mayors across the nation. Now the mayors are pushing back -- they want a piece of the green.
09/14/2016 08:42 EDT
B.C. Government Throws The Dice In India With Taxpayer

B.C. Government Throws The Dice In India With Taxpayer Money

B.C. has become the first foreign government to issue a Masala bond in India. Essentially, B.C. took on $97.5 million in debt and immediately reinvested that money not in B.C. infrastructure or something that would help B.C. taxpayers, but in the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Limited of India.
09/12/2016 05:01 EDT
B.C. Cities Gathering To Find New Ways To Charge

B.C. Cities Gathering To Find New Ways To Charge Taxpayers

At a time when many B.C. taxpayers are struggling under the weight of their heavy tax burden, growing personal debt, and an incredibly high cost of living, our locally elected officials are there to remind us all of how hopelessly out of touch they are.
09/07/2016 03:37 EDT
Between Government And Unions, Taxpayers Have No

Between Government And Unions, Taxpayers Have No Voice

In the battle between big government and big unions over big tax dollars, the country's highest court has decided there's just no need for the little people -- the taxpayers -- to be heard. This might have made sense if the Court limited its judgments to protecting truly fundamental freedoms. However, its recent judgments expanding freedom of association to protect the economic and contractual rights of unions can have serious impacts on government's budgetary spending priorities.
08/30/2016 10:07 EDT
B.C. Will End Up Paying For Christy Clark's Foreign Investor

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

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?
07/28/2016 04:42 EDT
Ask Victorians Before Gouging Drivers With More Gas

Ask Victorians Before Gouging Drivers With More Gas Taxes

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.
07/14/2016 11:28 EDT
BC Transit Audit Shows Need For Efficiency, Not Higher

BC Transit Audit Shows Need For Efficiency, Not Higher Taxes

The long-awaited BC Transit provincial review went public earlier this month. To no one's surprise, the audit found several ways BC Transit has been wasting your tax money, and how poor they are at managing the millions of dollars of assets with which we entrust them.
06/16/2016 01:39 EDT