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Saskatchewan should pull pensions from criminal politicians: taxpayers lobby group

In light of a recent ministerial misspending controversy, a national watchdog group is urging the Saskatchewan government to pass legislation that would strip politicians of taxpayer-supported parts of their pensions if they’re caught committing serious crimes in office. 227 more words

Regina

Two-tier "Alberta Chaoulli" goes down to defeat in courts

The so-called “Alberta Chaoulli” challenge to single-tier health care has been defeated in the courts.

The Ultra-Conservative Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF) had sponsored two cases in that province that suggested Canada’s single tier health system represented a monopoly that deprived the plaintives of life, liberty and security of the person. 337 more words

Alberta government employs 214 communications staffers at average of $108K each

The Alberta government spends $23.1 million annually on 214 full-time communications positions, according to documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) and released Thursday. 398 more words

Calgary

Food tax to reduce obesity naive solution

Before columnist Don Cayo imposes a food tax on the 96 per cent of Canadians who face no elevated risk of mortality due to their weights, he would do well to review actual research when claiming “the link between fatty or sugar-laced foods and obesity is clear.” The facts show otherwise. 131 more words

Letters

B.C. Speaker Linda Reid busted for South African family trip on taxpayer dime

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is furious after the Speaker of the Legislature admitted to using public money for her husband’s trip to South Africa.

Linda Reid told the Vancouver Sun on Tuesday that she expensed business-class flights, accommodations and other expenses for her husband to accompany her on a work-related trip – costing thousands – last year and has since promised to pay back $5,500. 312 more words

Canada

Six-figure severance payments for Alberta Premier Alison Redford's staff when she resigns on Sunday

Alison Redford faced a barrage of questions in the past month about carelessly spending taxpayer money. A day after announcing her resignation as premier, her office faced the same accusation — this time, over six-figure severance payouts to outgoing staff. 662 more words

Canadian Politics

Manitobans paying more in fees, taxes

WINNIPEG — If you feel like your wallet is getting lighter, you’re not just imagining it.

Just this week, Manitoba’s largest school division – Winnipeg School Division – approved a 3.6 per cent increase in taxes. 208 more words

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