Occupy Wall Street’s lousy math

Part 3 of a 5 part series excerpted from Tax Me I’m Canadian! A Taxpayer’s’ Guide to your Money and How Politicians Spend It

Occupy Wall Street’s lousy mathPart 2: How America created Canada’s high-tax state By Mark Milke Author Tax Me I'm Canadian CALGARY, AB, Apr 13, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Advocates of reflexive state intervention as the desired means to a better world often believe their cause to be noble and just. From Robespierre and the French revolutionaries in the 18th…

How America created Canada’s high-tax state

Part 2 of a 5 part series excerpted from Tax Me I’m Canadian! A Taxpayer’s’ Guide to your Money and How Politicians Spend It

How America created Canada’s high-tax statePart 1: The birth of a Leviathan: The early origins of taxation By Mark Milke Author Tax Me I'm Canadian CALGARY, AB, Apr 10, 2014/ Troy Media/ - For some present-day Canadians, it is often assumed that our identity rests upon a higher tax burden vis-à-vis the United States. Actually, the historical record is that…

Government union pension claims lack credibility

The misleading rhetoric from government union leaders is part of the problem

Government union pension claims lack credibilityCALGARY, AB, Apr 7, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If Canadians ever wonder why it is so difficult to reform government spending, there’s a simple reason: government employee unions. A good example (if one can call it that) is the issue of growing government sector pension costs and the outright resistance from the unions to address…

The birth of a Leviathan: The early origins of taxation

Part 1 of a 5 part series excerpted from Tax Me I’m Canadian! A Taxpayer’s’ Guide to your Money and How Politicians Spend It

The birth of a Leviathan: The early origins of taxationBy Mark Milke Author Tax Me I'm Canadian CALGARY, AB, Apr 6, 2014/ Troy Media/ - To find the origins of tax, one has to travel back in time to the ancient world and to a fertile plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, now modern Iraq. History’s first recorded tax was brought to mankind…

Fewer gimmicks, more transparency needed in Ottawa

Mark Milke has a few suggestions to new federal finance minister Joe Oliver

Fewer gimmicks, more transparency needed in OttawaCALGARY, AB, Mar 28, 2014/ Troy Media/ - No normal person pays close attention to who is “in” or “out” as finance minister, and that’s a good thing. It means the politician in question has avoided messing up the lives of ordinary Canadians. Still, their actions can and do matter, for better or worse. Consider…

Putin’s impatience over Crimea a strategic error

Never interfere with an enemy making a mistake

Putin’s impatience over Crimea a strategic errorVANCOUVER, BC, Mar 25, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Napoleon famously cautioned against interfering with an enemy making a mistake. So why is the West interfering with Vladimir Putin’s massive mistake in Crimea? More puzzling is the West’s unstated goal of legitimizing Putin’s Crimea grab. Putin’s mistake? Some in the media are lionizing Putin as a…

Mining companies show increased confidence in British Columbia

But there’s still plenty of room for improvement

Mining companies show increased confidence in British ColumbiaVANCOUVER, BC, Mar 20, 2014/ Troy Media/ - British Columbia was once regarded by miners as hostile to investment and ranked last in Canada for the attractiveness of its mining policy environment. However the tide has turned in recent years and British Columbia has again improved its ratings for global mining investment. Bringing a mine…

Ontario usurps California as poster child for bad fiscal management

Every Ontarian owes C$20,166 in government debt compared to US$3,844 for every Californian

Ontario usurps California as poster child for bad fiscal managementBy Sean Speer and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Mar 19, 2014/ Troy Media/ - It has been more than two years since an independent commission submitted its sobering report to the Ontario government on the province’s poor public finances and high government debt. According to the report, the government needed to implement…

13 billion reasons to support the South Korean free trade agreement

Canadians paid over that in tariffs on non-NAFTA automobiles and other items in the related categories

13 billion reasons to support the South Korean free trade agreementCALGARY, AB, Mar 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If Canadians need a reason to support the just-announced free trade agreement with South Korea, here are a few hundred million: every year, Canadians pay hundreds of millions of dollars in hidden taxes on imported automobiles and auto-related products. At least some of those hidden taxes are…