Medicine shouldn’t just be cheap; it should be accessible

Medicine shouldn’t just be cheap; it should be accessibleNew drug price guidelines will hinder Canadians access to new and innovative treatments Cheaper prescription drugs are a bit like apple pie: sure to please just about everyone. But if lower prices come at the expense of access to potentially life-saving new medicine, that’s not quite so appetizing. Unfortunately, it seems that bureaucrats in Ottawa…

Will the PEI government fix the bracket creep loophole?

Bracket creep has cost taxpayers too much for too long

Will the PEI government fix the bracket creep loophole?If a business overcharged you by $450, you might want an explanation. The least that business could do is stop overcharging you in the future. Prices for everything from groceries to gasoline are going up fast enough without overcharges on top. Prince Edward Island MLAs owe Islanders an explanation about their income tax bills. The…

Inflation is increasing PEI families taxes again

Prince Edward Island has to stop digging into Islander families’ pockets

Inflation is increasing PEI families taxes againThe government of Prince Edward Island seems happier to acknowledge inflation’s impact on your wallet than to do something about it. Prince Edward Island is one of only three Canadian provinces – along with Alberta and Nova Scotia – that does not index any tax brackets to inflation. As a result, the tax code pushes…

Nova Scotia taxman should put an end to bracket creep

It is eroding Nova Scotians’ disposable incomes

Nova Scotia taxman should put an end to bracket creepIf your take-home pay was cut by $75 this year, would you notice it? It’s $2.88 per paycheque. You might not notice. But if it goes up every year, it quickly snowballs. Surely you’d notice if your take-home pay was $1,334 smaller … That’s exactly how the government of Nova Scotia has been increasing your…

Time to scrap entitlements for former G-Gs

Nearly eight in 10 Canadians want the G-G entitlement policy scrapped

Time to scrap entitlements for former G-GsJulie Payette must feel like she won the lottery. Despite resigning in shame from her posting as governor general amidst allegations of creating a toxic workplace, she is still entitled to the Cadillac of all retirement packages, courtesy of all of us taxpayers. First off, there’s the pension. At $150,000 per year, it’s generous enough…

Leaders’ Debates Commission is a waste of public money

Why are we paying for something the private sector was more than happy to pay for in the past?

Leaders’ Debates Commission is a waste of public moneySay your backyard needs a new fence and your neighbour offers to pay for it. Chances are you would take that deal. That’s what we’ve done historically with federal leaders’ debates. Large media organizations would cover the costs and haggle with the parties about how the debates should be organized. Since 2018 though, the federal government…

Dear Tampa Bay Rays, Montreal won’t pay for your new stadium

It doesn’t make sense to build a whole new stadium for half of a ball season

Dear Tampa Bay Rays, Montreal won’t pay for your new stadiumMontrealers are happy to welcome new neighbours with a bagel basket or a case of beer, but we’re not buying them a new hot tub. That’s how taxpayers in Montreal feel about the Tampa Bay Rays. They sure seem like a great team. We’d love to see them play some games in Montreal. But we’re…

CUPE wants its weight in gold – paid for by the taxpayer

Union leaders in New Brunswick demanding nothing less than a 20 per cent raise over the next four years

CUPE wants its weight in gold – paid for by the taxpayerIt seems like nothing short of their weight in gold will satisfy CUPE union leaders in New Brunswick. Over the next four years, CUPE is demanding nothing less than a 20 per cent raise. This would cost New Brunswick taxpayers an extra $158 million per year once fully implemented. It would already be an unrealistic…

Government spending in New Brunswick is about to hit a wall

A $600 million gap exists between what the province currently spends and what it can afford to spend without increasing its debt load

Government spending in New Brunswick is about to hit a wallBased on the mood in government offices in Fredericton, you would think everything is rolling along smoothly with the top down. Yet, the province’s finances are headed straight for a brick wall. According to the independent Parliamentary Budget Officer’s latest report, there’s a $600 million gap between what New Brunswick currently spends and what it…