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CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau topped the Canadian Taxpayers Federation 2020 Naughty List.
“Lying to Canadians and hiking the cost of heating our homes is a sure-fire way to land you on the Naughty List and the prime minister has achieved that in spectacular fashion,” said Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director of the CTF.
After promising not to increase taxes, Trudeau is more than tripling the carbon tax to $170 per tonne by 2030 and he’s also announced a second carbon tax.
Alberta’s United Conservative Party took the second top spot for taking the federal wage subsidy, a payment meant for struggling businesses.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford came in third for breaking an election promise and handing out corporate welfare to Ford Motor Company.
The Mayor of Beauceville Luc Provencal came in fourth for increasing his salary by 33 per cent – after doubling his salary and expenses in 2019.
Vancouver and Montreal City Halls made the naughty list for crying poor while wasting taxpayers’ money.
Politicians who made the nice list include:
-Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpaur for ending the practice of tax bracket creep;
-B.C. Premier John Horgan who paused the province’s scheduled carbon tax increase;
-Several politicians who cut their own pay, such as Halifax Mayor Mike Savage who took a 20 per cent pay cut and Coun. Zurawski for taking a 10 per cent pay cut, Lethbridge city council for taking a 10 per cent pay cut, Vancouver council members who took a 10 per cent pay cut, Burnaby city council for taking a 10 per cent pay cut, and Alberta MLA Drew Barnes who pushed MLA’s and top bureaucrats to take a 20 per cent pay cut.
“We spend all year taking politicians and bureaucrats to task for wasting taxpayers’ money and moving at a snail’s pace when they need to fix something, so it’s nice to be able to give kudos to those who voluntarily reduced their own pay and moved quickly to reduce costs,” said Franco Terrazzano, the CTF’s Alberta Director.
“B.C. Premier John Horgan squeaked on to the Nice List this year because he paused his scheduled hike to his provincial carbon tax, we hope he goes all the way and scraps it soon.”