You get inflation, central bankers get bonuses
The Bank of Canada gave its employees $45 million in bonuses and pay raises in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic while inflation soared. The Bank of Canada is supposed to keep inflation around two per cent. If you’ve been to the grocery store in the past year you know they failed. So why did they give themselves bonuses?
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Nova Scotia’s premier takes a pay cut
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston’s salary was cut by $11,246 while MLAs froze their salaries. Members of Parliament in Ottawa need to follow Houston’s lead and stop giving themselves pay raises.
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Charlottetown council billing taxpayers for boozy dinner
Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown and fellow councillors expensed $1,800 on a boozy steak
dinner that included four bottles of wine, 11 beers, 20 ounces of liquor and three cocktails. We also caught councillors double dipping on their expenses.
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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 bizarre problem. LINK: https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/feds-to-table-2021-budget-on-april-19-freeland-1.5358953 https://nationalpost.com/opinion/carson-jerema-trudeau-liberals-mock-parliament-with-budget-delay Deep Dive – Lockdowns Postpone Surgeries We all know the direct health implications from COVID-19. We know that government lockdowns have hurt workers and businesses. On top of those painful impacts, more than 350,000 surgeries and consultation across the country have been postponed during the pandemic, according to a new report released by the think tank SecondStreet.org. Our Alberta Director Franco Terrazzano and our Quebec Director Renaud Brossard are up to talk about the problem. Links: https://www.secondstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Policy-Brief-Closer-look-at-postponed-surgeries.pdf https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-look-beyond-u-s-for-examples-of-private-health-care Waste Watch – Canadians Billed to Study Abandoned Barn Taxpayers have been billed tens of thousands of dollars just to study a mouldy, poop-filled, collapsing barn, used for storage at the prime ministerial cottage property on Harrington Lake. Our investigative journalist James Wood has the exclusive story, and explains it to our B.C. Director Kris Sims. Link: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/over-40,000-spent-to-study-abandoned,-mouldy-harrington-lake-barn SIGN the PETITION to SELL HARRINGTON LAKE: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/sell-harrington-lake-luxury-cottage 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. ...
News at the Top – Deficit Skyrocketing Once Again Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is spending about $1.8 billion every single day. Ontario Director Jasmine Moulton and Quebec Director Renaud Brossard talk about what that does to our national debt. Link: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/health-pmn/canada-projects-bigger-deficit-borrowing-to-top-c1-trillion-3 Deep Dive – Feds Lied About Carbon Tax Rise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s illegal carbon tax is currently $30 per tonne and he just announced it’s going all the way up to $170 per tonne. Our Federal Director Aaron Wudrick and Alberta Director Franco Terrazano talk about how this will impact Canadian wallets. Link: https://globalnews.ca/news/7515981/canada-climate-change-plan-justin-trudeau/ SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/scrap-ottawas-illegal-carbon-tax SEND TRUDEAU A MESSAGE: https://pm.gc.ca/en/connect/contact Waste Watch – Infrastructure Bank CEO Exit Cost Hundreds of Thousands The Canadian Infrastructure Bank billed Canadians hundreds of thousands as their former CEO left in April, on top of paying out millions in termination costs in the last budget year. Our investigative reporter James Wood talks to Aaron about the exclusive story. Link: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/canada-infrastructure-bank-spent-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-on-ceo-exit?id=18781 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. ...
Balanced Budget Coming in … 2041 We have some good news and some bad news. The good news: The feds plan to balance the budget before 2070. The bad news? They won’t be balancing the budget until after 2041! By then, interest charges will have cost taxpayers $802 billion. The CTF has been telling the federal government how to avoid the crunch. READ OUR FEDERAL BUDGET SUBMISSION HERE: https://www.taxpayer.com/media/Backgrounder-carbon-tax-rebate-cost.pdf Liquor Taxes on a Bender Imagine hearing two bartenders whispering about running up your bill. That would set off a few alarm bells. It turns out that is exactly what the federal government is doing as it overindulges in tax hikes for beer and liquor each year, without a vote in Parliament. READ OUR REPORT HERE: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/government-liquor-tax-hike-bender-needs-to-end Waste Watch: Global Affairs Drops Over $40,000 On Fancy Furniture While most Canadians spent the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic tightening their belts, Global Affairs Canada was outfitting overseas diplomatic offices with over $40,000 in custom furniture produced by an Ottawa-based designer. READ MORE: https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/global-affairs-canada-spends-41k-on-fancy-custom-furniture-for-overseas-diplomatic-offices 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 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. ...