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CTF demands action on inflation

The call comes Wednesday after Statistics Canada reported prices rising by 4.7% in a year. 




The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is demanding the Liberal government do something to try and curb the rising cost of inflation.

The call comes Wednesday after Statistics Canada reported prices rising by 4.7% in a year. 

“Politicians keep talking about raising taxes, but we haven’t seen a plan showing how they’re going to make our lives a little more affordable,” said Franco Terrazzano, federal director with the CTF.

“Canadians are worried about their grocery and gas bills and politicians can provide immediate relief by reducing taxes like other countries.”

Prices rose by 4.7% over the year. That’s the largest increase since February 2003. 

“Energy prices were up 25.5% year over year in October, primarily driven by an increase in gasoline prices,” according to Statistics Canada.

The federal carbon tax has increased twice during the pandemic and is scheduled to increase again to 11 cents per litre of gasoline on April 1, 2022.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will increase the carbon tax to nearly 40 cents per litre of gas by 2030 and impose a second carbon tax through fuel regulations that could add an additional 11 cents per litre.

Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole also said he would impose a carbon tax and a second carbon tax through fuel regulations. 

Other governments are taking action to address affordability issues, said the CTF.

South Korea and India reduced their gas taxes to provide relief. Ontario Premier Doug Ford promised to reduce fuel taxes. Taxes account for 31% to 42% of the pump price, according to CTF analysis released in May. 

Federal alcohol taxes have also increased twice during the pandemic and are set to increase again on April 1, 2022. Taxes account for about half of the price of beer, 65% of the price of wine and more than three quarters of the price of spirits.

The CTF added federal government’s spending is at all-time highs while the Bank of Canada has printed more than $370 billion during the pandemic by purchasing financial assets such as government debt.

The Liberal Party, Conservative Party and New Democratic party promised to increase spending by $78 billion$51 billion and $214 billion respectively during the last election. 

“Families are getting soaked by higher prices while politicians are asleep at the wheel,” said Terrazzano.

“The government needs to cut taxes and stop all this borrowing, but politicians want higher taxes and billions in more spending. Politicians need to wake up and provide taxpayers with a concrete plan to stop these rising prices.”

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  1. Major Tom

    November 18, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Inflation……the hidden tax that was designed to be barely noticeable…….

  2. K

    November 17, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Holy F**K Trudeau needs to go YESTERDAY. This puppet is doing everything he can to break us, f*cking evil waste of skin.

  3. Declan Carroll

    November 17, 2021 at 9:49 am

    “Politicians are asleep at the wheel”? Hardly! According to the WEF website and Claus Schwab’s own policy platform this inflation is a feature not a bug of the Great Reset. It never ceases to amaze me how organizations like th CTF live in an intellectual island totally adrift from the reality set forth by the policy makers in Davos, Switzerland. None of the politicians in this country are making the decisions in regards to monetary policy. They lack the will and the courage to do right by the citizens of this nation.

  4. Dennis

    November 17, 2021 at 9:32 am

    All very Nobel words CTF but the fact is that as long as the inmates are running the asylum there is no hope for a brighter day.
    And, if you think this is bad, the Alberta Government have implemented their QR Code and the feds are right behind them. The shit hasn’t quite hit the fan yet but it’s coming. SOON.

  5. Left Coast

    November 17, 2021 at 9:18 am

    When the Citizens are so stupid they elect Low Intellect Despots to run the show . . . they get exactly what they deserve.

    Oil Companies are evil for making 3% on a liter of fuel, but the Provincial & Federal Govts make up to $.40 & more on that same Liter and the citizens keep electing them. The Karbon Tax is another Fraud . . . Everything Rides in a TRUCK and the Dumb Canooks will have to pay the price.

  6. Ken

    November 17, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Move over Venezuela here we come another oil rich nation going bankrupt

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.




Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.




The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.




SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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