Canadian Taxpayers Podcast

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June 08, 2020 00:49:44
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#8 Senators Take a Pay Raise, Judges Demanding Pay Raises, Taxpayers Billed for Hollywood Party and New Zealand’s Gun Buyback

News at the Top – Senators Give Themselves a Pay Raise The Senate just can’t help themselves. Even with their long history of ripping off taxpayers, senators have quietly given a $10,000 raise to the head of a committee that’s only met twice. This is outrageous, and we’re pushing back. Call the senators: Senator Yuen Pau Woo – 613-995-9244 Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen – 613-992-0121 Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/senators-bonus-selection-committee-1.5598996 Deep Dive –Judges Demanding Pay Raises 4:20 The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has been intervening at the Supreme Court of Canada to make the point that governments should be able to tighten their belts and judges are not exempt from belt-tightening. Todd MacKay and Aaron Wudrick Link: http://worldtaxpayers.org/2019/12/canada-ctf-wins-intervener-status-at-supreme-court-of-canada/ Waste Watch – Taxpayers Billed for Hollywood Party 15:35 Former Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly went to a fancy Hollywood party back in 2017, and we all paid for it. Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Link: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/hollywood-reception-cost-taxpayers-almost-10,000?id=18431#gsc.tab=0 Interview – New Zealand’s Gun Buyback 20:00 New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams talks to us about New Zealand’s ongoing gun buyback program and how it compares to the current plans in Canada. Link: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/scrap-the-gun-ban-and-buy-back Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast is brought to you by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s premier grassroots advocacy group pushing for lower taxes, less waste and accountable governments. Sign-up as a Canadian Taxpayers Federation supporter at no-charge TODAY: https://www.taxpayer.com/join. ...

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June 01, 2020 00:27:31
#7 Political Parties at the Trough, Toronto’s Multibillion Dollar Sky Park, and Taxpayers Pay for Jazz Concerts in South America

#7 Political Parties at the Trough, Toronto’s Multibillion Dollar Sky Park, and Taxpayers Pay for Jazz Concerts in South America

News at the Top – Political Parties Line Up at the Trough Multiple political parties are taking financial aid that’s meant for struggling Canadians. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is telling them to give the money back and you can help. Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Link: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/political-parties-must-repay-wage-subsidies Deep Dive – Toronto’s Multibillion Dollar Sky Park 5:08 While Toronto Mayor John Tory heads to the provincial and federal governments with his hands out for aid, the city is still moving ahead on a massively expensive park project, built in thin air. And he wants to send the bill to taxpayers across Canada. Todd MacKay and Jasmine Pickel Petition: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/stop-toronto%E2%80%99s-3.8-billion-floating-downtown-park Waste Watch - Subsidized South American Jazz for Canada 150 21:54 Global Affairs spent nearly $20,000 to send a Canadian jazz band on a South American tour, as part of celebrations meant to mark Canada 150. The average Canadian wouldn’t get to hear the tunes, but that didn’t stop the foreign service from forking over the cash. Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Link: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/global-affairs-spends-nearly-18,000-on-south-american-jazz-tours?id=18425 Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast is brought to you by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s premier grassroots advocacy group pushing for lower taxes, less waste and accountable governments. Sign-up as a Canadian Taxpayers Federation supporter at no-charge TODAY: https://www.taxpayer.com/join. ...

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May 25, 2020 00:28:14
#6 Charlie Angus Blasts Regional Offices, Concerns Over CERB Fraud, and Montreal Blows Money on Mushroom Statues During Pandemic

#6 Charlie Angus Blasts Regional Offices, Concerns Over CERB Fraud, and Montreal Blows Money on Mushroom Statues During Pandemic

#6 Charlie Angus Blasts Regional Offices, Concerns Over CERB Fraud, and Montreal Blows Money on Mushroom Statues During Pandemic News at the Top – Charlie Angus Blasts Regional Offices Last week, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation reported on the high costs of useless offices being run by the federal government. NDP MP Charlie Angus dug up the records on those offices, and talks to us about the ridiculous cost. Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Link: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/ministers%E2%80%99-regional-offices-cost-millions,-even-without-regional-ministers?id=18392   Deep Dive – Concerns Over CERB Fraud 5:14 The federal government will be slow-walking any attempts to investigate people defrauding the pandemic relief system, according to the National Post and CBC. We’re pushing the government to do better. Todd MacKay and Aaron Wudrick Petition: Protect Taxpayers Money From Fraud Link: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/exclusive-new-memo-tells-staff-to-make-cerb-payment-even-if-claimant-quit-job-voluntarily-or-was-fired-for-cause Waste Watch – Montreal Blows Money on Mushroom Statues During Pandemic 18:26 While Montreal City Hall is crying out for financial help from the federal and provincial governments, they’re still finding a pile of cash to buy some oddly-shaped statues. Kris Sims and Renaud Brossard Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast is brought to you by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s premier grassroots advocacy group pushing for lower taxes, less waste and accountable governments. Sign-up as a Canadian Taxpayers Federation supporter at no-charge TODAY: https://www.taxpayer.com/join. ...

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May 18, 2020 00:21:12
#5 Gas Tax Honesty, Canadians Pay Higher Carbon Taxes and Ghost Government Offices Costing Millions

#5 Gas Tax Honesty, Canadians Pay Higher Carbon Taxes and Ghost Government Offices Costing Millions

#5 Gas Tax Honesty, Canadians Pay Higher Carbon Taxes and Ghost Government Offices Costing Millions News at the Top – Gas Tax Honesty Day When Canadians fill up their fuel tanks, taxes are a big part of the bill, but they’re hidden. We pull back the curtain with our Gas Tax Honesty Day Report. Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Link: 2020 Gas Tax Honesty Day Report Deep Dive – Carbon Taxes Go Up In Canada (But Not Other Places) 5:08 The Trudeau government has been pushing ahead with carbon tax hikes, despite COVID-19 crisis. However, that’s not the case around the world. Todd MacKay and Franco Terrazzano Petition: Scrap Ottawa’s Illegal Carbon Tax Waste Watch – Ghost Government Offices Costing Millions 14:35 In 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially got rid of regional ministers. But their offices still cost us millions each year. We want to know why. Kris Sims and Todd MacKay Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast is brought to you by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s premier grassroots advocacy group pushing for lower taxes, less waste and accountable governments. Sign-up as a Canadian Taxpayers Federation supporter at no-charge TODAY: https://www.taxpayer.com/join.   ...

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May 11, 2020 00:55:31
#4 VICTORY – 18% Mask Tariffs Dropped, Two Thirds of Canadians Want MPs to Cut Their Pay, Trudeau’s Gun Ban and Buyback, Corrupt Mayor Makes Off Like Bandit, and Former MP Michelle Simson Interview about MP Pay and Transparency

#4 VICTORY – 18% Mask Tariffs Dropped, Two Thirds of Canadians Want MPs to Cut Their Pay, Trudeau’s Gun Ban and Buyback, Corrupt Mayor Makes Off Like Bandit, and Former MP Michelle Simson Interview about MP Pay and Transparency

#4 VICTORY – 18% Mask Tariffs Dropped, Two Thirds of Canadians Want MPs to Cut Their Pay, Trudeau’s Gun Ban and Buyback, Corrupt Mayor Makes Off Like Bandit, and Former MP Michelle Simson Interview about MP Pay and Transparency News at the Top – VICTORY – 18% Mask Tariffs Dropped And MPs Need to Cut Their Pay The Canadian Taxpayers Federation scores a big victory by pushing the federal government to drop the 18 per cent import tariff on medical masks and other personal protective equipment to fight COVID-19. We also talk about a national survey showing two thirds of Canadians want MPs to take pay cuts. Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Link: 18% Mask Tariff Dropped Link: Two Thirds of Canadians Want MP Salaries Cut Deep Dive – Trudeau Gun Ban and Buyback 4:38 The Trudeau government moves to ban and buy back thousands of guns. It will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions, but will it make Canada safer? Todd MacKay and Aaron Wudrick Petition: Scrap the Gun Ban and Buyback Waste Watch – Former Montreal Mayor Makes Off Like a Bandit 18:45 Former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum got kicked out of office after being convicted on fraud charges, but he’s taking a lot of taxpayers’ money with him. Kris Sims and Renaud Brossard Link: Teddy Waste Award Ceremony Petition: No Pensions for Corrupt Politicians Interview – Former MP Talks Pay Cuts Salary Cuts 23:15 Former Liberal MP Michelle Simson told her colleagues to take pay cuts. She also told them to post their expenses. She takes us into the political back rooms to tell us what happened. Petition: MPs Need To Cut Their Own Pay Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast ...

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May 04, 2020 00:26:46
#3 Runaway Cottage Renos, Lifting the Lockdown, and Thousands Spent on Flying Chefs

#3 Runaway Cottage Renos, Lifting the Lockdown, and Thousands Spent on Flying Chefs

#3 Runaway Cottage Renos, Lifting the Lockdown, and Thousands Spent on Flying Chefs The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s compares the reno bill at the prime minister’s cottage to swanky celebrity hangouts. We take a look at plans to lift the lockdown. And we blast the federal foreign service for wasting taxpayers’ money to fly chefs around the world. News at the Top – Harrington Lake renovations cost more than Muskoka mansions The National Capital Commission is spending millions to renovate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government-owned cottage known as Harrington Lake. How does that reno bill compare to luxury getaways owned by the rich and famous? Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Links: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harrington-lake-renovations-ncc-1.5535502 https://torontolife.com/real-estate/cottages/cottage-week-3-8-million-renovated-retreat-lake-joseph/ https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/st-lazare-couple-buys-halle-berry-laurentian-getaway/ Deep Dive – COVID-19 Lockdowns Starting To Loosen Across Canada 5:15 While efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic are still ongoing, some premiers are starting to release their plans to re-open the economy, with movement coming as soon as early May. Todd MacKay and Jasmine Pickel Links: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/reopening-canada-provinces-ontario-quebec-saskatchewan-alberta Waste Watch – Foreign Service Spending Millions on Diplomacy Slush Fund 21:40 Global Affairs has been wasting taxpayers’ money to pay for Canadian chefs to fly around the . It was so bad it won the federal Teddy award this year. Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Links: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/canadian-taxpayers-federation-presents-22nd-annual-teddy-awards-for-government-waste Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast is brought to you by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s premier grassroots advocacy group pushing for lower taxes, less waste and accountable governments. Sign-up as a Canadian Taxpayers Federation supporter at no-charge TODAY: https://www.taxpayer.com/join.                 ...

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