Are you happy working for the government until June 9?

If Canadians paid all of their taxes up front, June 9 is the day they can start working for their families

Are you happy working for the government until June 9?By Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jun 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ - No one really thinks we should abolish all taxes. After all, how would governments fund important public services that form the foundation of our economy? Think of services like protecting property, building infrastructure, upholding the legal system, to…

More to BC’s government finances than meets the eye

British Columbians could soon see their province’s debt spiral out of control

More to BC’s government finances than meets the eyeCALGARY, AB, Jun 5, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Finance minister Mike de Jong recently issued a flurry of press releases touting the high credit rating of the B.C. government by various rating agencies. In one release he said: “The judgment of the rating agencies is an objective confirmation that by balancing our budget and keeping…

Subsidies, union demands a plea for special treatment at the expense of others

Without the ideological justifications of the 20th century, special interests demands are blindingly obvious for what they are

Subsidies, union demands a plea for special treatment at the expense of othersCALGARY, AB, Jun 5, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Back in the 20th century, much of the world’s politics was shot through with deep-rooted ideologies that had a considerable, often negative, effect on humanity. This month’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and its aftermath provides us, therefore, with the opportunity to both recall the…

From the welfare state to the entitlement state

Corporate subsidies are the newest and most prevalent form of chutzpah

From the welfare state to the entitlement stateCALGARY, AB, Jun 2, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Question: If someone made $62,000 last year, had $187,000 in their bank account, and yet sought a $5,360 subsidy from government, what would the common sense response be? Most people would say that person possesses chutzpah – albeit a rather costly form of the affliction for taxpayers…

Ontario consumers handicapped by beer and wine sale myths

Here’s the reality

Ontario consumers handicapped by beer and wine sale mythsCALGARY, AB, May 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Much of Canada’s current approach to liquor retailing has its roots in Prohibition-era attitudes towards wine, beer and spirits. But anyone who thinks that era ended should consider the anti-competition rhetoric that emanates from government liquor stores across Canada or Ontario’s government-approved private sector beer cartel, The…

Feds, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland trample property rights

‘Stole’ Calgary company’s intellectual property

Feds, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland trample property rightsCALGARY, AB, May 7, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Back when Canada’s premiers and then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau debated what to put into what later became the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, property rights were one possibility and on the table. Trudeau had pushed for property rights as justice minister in 1968, again as prime…

The high cost of preparing your income tax return

Complying with the personal income tax system imposes a significant cost on Canadian households

The high cost of preparing your income tax returnBy Sean Speer and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, May 6, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The end of April is traditionally the tax filing deadline, and a time when Canadians are frantically organizing their receipts and other documents from the past year to complete their ‎personal income tax returns. This can be a…

Ontarians do not need another mandatory pension program

The government’s proposed plan is built on faulty assumptions

Ontarians do not need another mandatory pension programBy Charles Lammam and Sean Speer The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, May 5, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Ontario’s recent budget included the Liberals’ proposal for a mandatory government pension plan modelled after the Canada Pension Plan. The proposal, however, is largely based on the faulty assumption that most Canadians are not adequately prepared for retirement.…

Train wreck of a budget pushes Ontario further in the wrong direction

Debt projected to hit $324.5 billion by 2017/18, or more than 40 per cent of the economy

Train wreck of a budget pushes Ontario further in the wrong directionBy Sean Speer Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, May 2, 2014/ Troy Media/ -With Ontario lagging behind other provinces on a wide range of economic indicators and recently becoming a "have-not" province, it desperately needed a bold plan to improve competitiveness and foster economic growth. Unfortunately, Thursday's budget failed to…

Taxes squeezing household budgets

Canadian governments take $44 out of every $100 your family earns

Taxes squeezing household budgetsBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Apr 30, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Like other Canadians, you work hard for your money. Faced with essential expenses such as food, clothing, and shelter, your household budget may feel squeezed. But what if we told you, your family’s biggest expense is taxes? Sure,…
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