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This podcast is for Canadians who want lower taxes, less waste and more accountable government. We go beyond the politics to push for policies that shrink tax bills. We break exclusive news stories about government waste that aren’t covered by the media. And we enforce accountability and transparency for politicians in every political party. Join the Canadian Taxpayers Federation at taxpayer.com.
 
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#99 Julie Payette Tops 2021 Taxpayer Naughty List Franco Terrazzano is spreading some Christmas cheer and also some coal with our 2021 Naughty and Nice list. Who’s at the top of the Naughty list? Former governor general Julie Payette, with Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole a runner-up for flip-flopping on carbon taxes. CHECK THE LIST HERE: htt…
 
We put up a bunch of billboards outside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office reminding him that the gun ban and buyback he’s pushing won’t work. SIGN the PETITION: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/scrap-the-gun-ban-and-buy-back Feds Still Not Serious about Trillion-Dollar Deficit Franco Terrazzano tells Todd about Ottawa politicians ignoring th…
 
The cost of living is on the rise in Canada and inflation is a big factor. Federal Director Franco Terrazzano lays out why with Todd. WATCH FRANCO’S INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cce3NxsvDk&list=PLQ75-1ptdNxKgCQ_jHZYuREdhghwumHtF&index=3 Gas taxes going down in Ontario? Doug Ford promised to ease the pain at the pumps for Ontario taxp…
 
Want to know why everything is more expensive these days? Our Federal Director Franco Terrazzano recently published a column in the Toronto Sun on that very topic, and sat down with Todd to talk about the rising price of inflation taxes on Canadian wallets. READ THE COLUMN: https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/terrazzano-deficit-spending-and-i…
 
Our Quebec Director Renaud Brossard just got back from Tampa Bay, Florida, but he wasn’t on vacation. He was fighting to save Quebec taxpayers a big chunk of change, as talks heat up for a new baseball stadium in Montreal for the Tampa Bay Rays. LISTEN HERE: https://www.fox13news.com/news/canadian-group-sponsors-billboard-opposing-taxpayer-funded-r…
 
Governments are charging taxes on top of taxes when it comes to gas in Canada, and taxpayers are paying the price. In many provinces, the tax bill takes up more than a third of the price. Federal Director Franco Terrazano weighs in. LISTEN HERE: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/get-ready-to-pay-more-for-gas-1.5614238 In Alberta, voters have delivered a clear …
 
We’re talking about an issue that need more attention: accountability for grassroots people in First Nations communities. It’s a huge, complicated issue, and something that should be talked about during this election, so we reached out to Rob Louie and Charmaine Stick, two champions for First Nations transparency and accountability. They spoke with…
 
If politicians want to improve affordability, they need to lower taxes. To put that in perspective, even during the pandemic, the average Canadian family paid $35,047 in taxes, or 36 per cent of their budget. During this election, politicians are trying to sell us on their affordability plans. So, our B.C. Director Kris Sims and our Federal Directo…
 
The federal government is more than $1 trillion in debt. It’s borrowing $424 million every day. That means that each Canadian is on the hook for about $30,000 in federal government debt alone. If politicians don’t save money that will have to come from Canadians through taxes today, taxes tomorrow or inflation. Our Federal Director Franco Terrazzan…
 
Canadians place a high value on their freedom of speech, but the way we use that freedom could be changing depending on the outcome of the federal election. We wanted to make it easy for the average Canadian to make sense of the issue, so our interim Ontario Director Jay Goldberg and our Prairie Director Todd MacKay put their heads together for thi…
 
The average Canadian probably thinks of Rambo when they hear the term “military-style assault rifle.” Politicians are counting on that confusion, and the media isn’t clearing things up. But if Canadians are going to cut through the political spin, they’re going to need to hear from experts and they need to compare what politicians are saying to tho…
 
Current CTF President and CEO Scott Hennig recently caught up with Premier Kenney to chat with him about his government’s response to COVID-19, his time with the CTF and much more. This is the unabridged version of the Q&A that ran in the Summer 2021 edition of The Taxpayer magazine. Check out the CANADIAN TAXPAYERS STORE! Like this show? Subscribe…
 
Canadians have always had a tax exemption when they sell their primary residence and politicians swear they’ll never impose a home equity tax. So, what’s the problem? More than 100,000 taxpayers have signed our PETITION opposing a home equity tax because they’re not sure they can trust politicians. And when we dug into the details, there’s good rea…
 
Carbon tax advocates say making you pay more for gas will help the environment. We’ve checked the track record for carbon taxes and there’s a lot more to the story, and the political parties are constantly shifting their carbon tax policies. Our B.C. Director Kris Sims and our Federal Director Franco Terrazzano break it all down. Check out the CANA…
 
Andrew Lawton is a well-known Canadian commentator who has been working on a documentary titled “Assaulted: Justin Trudeau's War on Gun Owners.” We talked to him about the federal gun ban and buyback policy. You can watch Andrew’s documentary series at this link: www.assaulted.ca Andrew’s podcast is available at this link: tnc.news/podcast/the-andr…
 
The Parliamentary Budget Officer is back, again, with worse news: Seven out of the ten provincial governments have unsustainable finances. The kicker? Those books are in the red, even without the temporary COVID-19 spending. Check the data here: https://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/en/blog/news-releases--communiques-de-presse/COM-2122-017--federal-finances-su…
 
The Parliamentary Budget Officer is back with more bad news: The federal government won’t be balancing the budget until 2070. Put plainly, that means fifty more years of deficits for our great grandchildren to deal with. Check the data here: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/feds-won%E2%80%99t-balance-the-budget-until-2070 Stop Trudeau’s Debt Dive …
 
Politicians think sugar taxes will make people skinnier in Newfoundland and Labrador, but this hasn’t worked before. And there’s a lot of unfairness to the tax. Check out the CANADIAN TAXPAYERS STORE! Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast is brought to you by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s premier grassroots advoc…
 
Tom Korski digs into the huge planning problems with Ottawa’s gun policy. He also does the math on government golf courses and pulls back the curtain on internet censorship. Korski is the senior reporter for the investigative journalism website Blacklock’s Reporter. Check it out at: blacklocks.ca. Check out the CANADIAN TAXPAYERS STORE! Scrap the G…
 
Matt Bufton thinks smaller government is better, and he’s swimming against the current at universities across Canada, but here’s the good news: a lot of university students are swimming against the current with him. Bufton runs the Institute for Liberal Studies that gets students into the big ideas that are the foundation of small government. Check…
 
The Parliamentary Budget Officer looked at the cost of the federal gun ban and buyback scheme. It could go as high as $750 million to actually buy guns, but, when it came to administrative costs, the PBO just shrugged. Check out the CANADIAN TAXPAYERS STORE! Scrap the Gun Ban and Buyback Petition: LINK Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars!…
 
The federal government tried to ram through Bill C-10 to regulate internet content. Canadian Taxpayers Federation supporters told politicians to stop it, including senators. And the senate did what it does best: nothing (and that’s a good thing). Check out the CANADIAN TAXPAYERS STORE! Stop Bill C-10 Petition: LINK Like this show? Subscribe and giv…
 
Trudeau’s gun grab is going to be costly, and we break down how much each Canadian owes for skyrocketing government debt. Check out the CANADIAN TAXPAYERS STORE! And… The price tag for the failed United Nations Security Council seat campaign has somehow gotten even higher. OUR STORY HERE Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast i…
 
"How do we work together to improve life for First Nations people living on and off reserve in Canada? Rob Louie is working hard to make a big difference. Canadian Taxpayers Federation British Columbia Director Kris Sims speaks with Louie, the founder, CEO and President of the Band Members Alliance and Advocacy Association of Canada (BMAAAC – prono…
 
Right now, a bunch of powerful politicians around the world are backing a global minimum business tax to get out of competing on lower taxes. This is a cartel, plain and simple. Check out the CANADIAN TAXPAYERS STORE! And… Loto-Quebec handed out $2 million in overtime pay, even though casinos were closed. FRENCH LINK ENGLISH LINK Like this show? Su…
 
Tom Korski is a senior reporter at the investigative journalism website Blacklock’s Reporter, which talks about stories the media is missing. Ottawa is trying to ram through Bill C-10 to regulate the internet, despite threats to free speech. The Canada Infrastructure Bank doesn’t build anything, but it pays its executives a lot (just don’t ask how …
 
News at the Top – Bureaucrats Get Pay Raises As government gets bigger in Canada, taxpayers are being billed for pay raises on top of more bureaucrats. CLICK HERE and HERE for more! Deep Dive – Ottawa Subsidizes Dead People Ottawa has a huge spending problem, and our national debt is over $1 trillion. Pandemic spending is only compounding the issue…
 
News at the Top – Government is Broke/Tax Freedom Day Governments across Canada are facing an impending debt crunch and families are facing steep tax bills. LINKS: https://winnipegsun.com/opinion/columnists/aldrich-tax-freedom-day-hardly-reason-to-celebrate https://financialpost.com/opinion/opinion-our-debt-problem-is-a-lot-worse-than-ottawa-is-let…
 
News at the Top – Ottawa Mayor Subsidizes Porsche In one of the most baffling examples of corporate welfare we’ve ever seen, Ottawa’s city council is handing over nearly three million dollars to build a Porsche dealership. SEND JIM WATSON AN EMAIL: Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca LINK: https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/2-9-million-tax-break-for-ottawa-porsche-dealers…
 
News at the Top – Montreal and Toronto Bet Billions on Parks Canada’s two biggest cities appear to be trying to outcompete each other by building ultra-expensive parks, at our expense. LINKS: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/parc-jean-drapeau-montreal-plan-parking-1.5987515 https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/tory-needs-to-end-his-3.8-billion-…
 
Tom Korski is a senior journalist at Blacklock’s Reporter, an Ottawa media outlet that covers news that the rest of the press gallery tends to ignore. Korski got on the phone with Prairie Director Todd MacKay to break down Bill C-10 and the risk it’s posing to freedom of speech. Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast is brought…
 
News at the Top – Carbon Taxes Don’t Work Despite the province’s long history with a carbon tax, emissions in British Columbia are going up. LINK: https://westernstandardonline.com/2021/05/bc-emissions-going-up-despite-highest-carbon-tax-in-canada/ SIGN the PETITIONS: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/scrap-the-federal-carbon-tax https://www.taxpa…
 
News at the Top – University Bailouts Ontario’s Laurentian University came out and said it was about to become insolvent. Now, the province is considering a bailout. And that’s not the only university with big bills. LINK: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/laurentian-no-bailout-1.6012245 Deep Dive – Internet Censorship Legislation The federal …
 
News at the Top – Trudeau’s Tax Hikes If you drive a car, like to heat your home in the winter, and enjoy a cold beer on a nice sunny day, your taxes are going up, even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told us a few months ago that Canadians didn’t need higher taxes in the middle of the pandemic. LINK: https://globalnews.ca/news/7764150/canada-…
 
News at the Top – Stadium Deals are Bad Deals The City of Calgary has decided to hit pause on a massive arena deal before sending the Calgary Flames another truckload of taxpayers’ cash. It needs to cancel it because stadium deals are bad deals for taxpayers. LINKS: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/flames-calgary-arena-pause-budget-1.5987561 …
 
News at the Top – O’Toole Breaks Carbon Tax Promise Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O’Toole has announced his own federal carbon tax. This is the same Erin O’Toole that when running for leader of the CPC, signed the Canadian Taxpayers Federation pledge to scrap the Trudeau carbon tax and not impose a national carbon tax of his own. If he g…
 
News at the Top – Canadians Dislike Carbon Tax We don’t like the carbon tax and as it turns out, a new survey found 52 per cent of Canadians agree with us. LINK: https://www.secondstreet.org/2021/03/29/new-poll-supreme-court-said-carbon-tax-legal-but-canadians-still-dont-want-it/ SIGN the PETITION: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/stop-trudeau-s-…
 
News at the Top – Nova Scotia’s Balanced Budget Plan Nova Scotia taxpayers have something to celebrate: their government expects to actually get rid of its deficit within – get this – the next four years. Our Quebec Director Renaud Brossard breaks down the good news for Alberta Director Franco Terrazzano. LINKS: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/ta…
 
We've got a new interview for you. Danielle Smith is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and served as leader of the Wildrose Party from 2009 to 2014, and the host of an Alberta-wide talk radio show on 770 CHQR Calgary. In January, she walked away from that radio show, and she has a message for the media about accountability. Si…
 
News at the Top – Huge Win for Alberta Taxpayers The Alberta government is introducing recall and citizens’ initiative, which has been a major goal of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and our supporters for years. Our Alberta Director Franco Terrazzano breaks it down for B.C. Director Kris Sims. LINKS: https://globalnews.ca/news/7698083/alberta-re…
 
News at the Top – Trudeau Sets No-Budget Record Even though the federal budget has been announced for Apr. 19, the Trudeau government has officially gone more than two full years without producing one. Even back in World War II, there wasn’t a gap this long. Alberta Director Franco Terrazzano and British Columbia Director Kris Sims break down the b…
 
Earlier this month, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation held its 23rd annual Teddy Waste Awards ceremony in a special virtual presentation, celebrating the best of the worst in government waste uncovered in the past year. The Teddy, a pig-shaped award given annually by the CTF to government’s worst waste offenders, is named for Ted Weatherill, a form…
 
News at the Top – MPs Raise Their Own Pay Federal politicians have a pretty bad April fools joke up their sleeves. Every MP is scheduled to get an extra $3,000 going straight from taxpayers’ pockets as of Apr. 1, 2021. Our Quebec Director Renaud Brossard breaks down the ridiculous raise with our Alberta Director Franco Terrazzano. SIGN the PETITION…
 
News at the Top – We Told Trudeau Told to Cut Off Julie Payette’s Expense Account Last week, Federal Director Aaron Wudrick paid a visit to the Prime Minister’s Office and dropped off 200,000 petition signatures demanding the scrapping of the outrageous expense policy for former governors general. Aaron tells our Quebec Director Renaud Brossard abo…
 
News at the Top – Gun Ban Gets More Expensive (and Weird) The Trudeau government has officially introduced legislation to spend hundreds of millions to ban some guns, but there’s no evidence this move will make Canadians any safer. Our B.C. Director Kris Sims and Prairie Director Todd MacKay break down the impact this will have on taxpayer’s wallet…
 
We've got an important interview for you. Darryl Plecas is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Abbotsford South from 2013 to 2020, and served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 2017 to 2020. He blew the whistle on bizarre and questionable spending by staff in the B.C. Legislative Assembly…
 
News at the Top – Cut Off Governors General The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has talked a lot about the expenses and pensions for retired governor generals. We even have a petition running calling on the federal government to scrap those benefits. Well, Ipsos Public Affairs did a poll, and it turn out most Canadians agree with us. Our B.C Director…
 
News at the Top – Bell Cuts Jobs While Taking Wage Subsidy The federal government has been giving wage subsidies to businesses as part of its pandemic response, but some of these companies are taking the cash, increasing dividends, then turning around and firing their employees. Ontario Director Jasmine Moulton and B.C. Director Kris Sims talked ab…
 
News at the Top – Fighting for Pipelines in Court We head to the Alberta Court of Appeal to fight Trudeau’s Bill C-69, better known as the No More Pipelines Law. Our Alberta Director Franco Terrazano and our Federal Director Aaron Wudrick talk about how much money Canadians are losing due to a lack of pipeline capacity. Link: https://torontosun.com…
 
News at the Top – Fighting Against Equalization We just launched the Fight Equalization campaign. Everyone across Canada, should mark their calendars for Oct. 18, 2021, as Albertans vote on the future of equalization. Our Alberta Director Franco Terrazano and our Quebec Director Renaud Brossard discuss our campaign, and what happens next. Link: htt…
 
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