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Auditor slams feds for not properly tracking impact of tax credits on treasury

Apr 28 2015 —

Canada’s auditor general says parliamentarians and the public they represent have no idea precisely how many billions of dollars the federal treasury foregoes each year through election-friendly tax credits and giveaways. Michael Ferguson’s spring report, released today, says Finance Department reports do not include future cost projections on a wide suite of tax benefits that […]

Apr 28 2015 — John Paul Tasker

The government’s plan to nearly double the TFSA contribution limit might not be a problem for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s granddaughter after all, according to a new calculation done by the Parliamentary Budget Office. So few people will actually be able to contribute $10,000 a year to their accounts that the fiscal hit to the […]

Apr 28 2015 — Dean Beeby

The middle-class income of a Canadian family of four, with both parents working, appears to have stalled, at least according to the “typical” example presented in last week’s federal budget. Henry and Cathy, raising their two kids Grace and Elizabeth, pull in $120,000 between them, says the example highlighted on page six of the main […]

Apr 28 2015 —

Canadians struggling to finish their income tax returns by Thursday just got a last-minute reprieve thanks to a Canada Revenue Agency blunder, CTV News has learned. In a rare mea culpa, the CRA has admitted to sending out an incorrect notice to tax preparers across the country, indicating that this year’s income tax filing deadline […]

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Ex-military watchdog’s financial and staffing conduct ‘inappropriate:’ auditor

Apr 28 2015 —

Canada’s auditor general says National Defence should have kept a closer eye on its former watchdog, who extended consultant contracts without proper authorization and approved his own hospitality expense claims. In a hard-hitting new report released Tuesday, auditor general Michael Ferguson paints a searing portrait of the office of the Canadian Forces ombudsman, which investigates […]

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Auditor takes aim at First Nations health, prisoners and tax-credit oversight

Apr 28 2015 —

Canada’s auditor general is taking issue with the quality of health care in remote First Nations communities, lacklustre efforts to rehabilitate prisoners and the dearth of oversight governing boutique tax credits — the Conservative government’s election bauble of choice. Many of the findings in Michael Ferguson’s spring report to Parliament touch on some key planks […]

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Trois députés du NPD au Québec perdent leur investiture

Apr 28 2015 — Hélène Buzzetti

C’est ce qu’on pourrait appeler la sélection naturelle appliquée aux partis politiques. Trois députés québécois du Nouveau Parti démocratique se sont fait montrer la porte par les militants au cours des dernières semaines, les trois ayant perdu leur course à l’investiture. Au moins deux ont renoncé à se porter candidats à l’élection cet automne dans […]

Apr 28 2015 —

Canadians in Nepal and relatives of missing Canadian tourists are expressing frustration with Canada’s response to Saturday’s massive earthquake. Mark McDermott and Roel Teunissen are hoping to get on a military transport plane on Wednesday to return to Canada from the earthquake-ravaged country. Defence Minister Jason Kenney said a military aircraft loaded with personnel and […]

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It’s time to get serious about election debates

Apr 28 2015 — Andrew Coyne

With another federal election fast approaching, it’s time once again to decide what sort of limits, if any, should apply to campaign fundraising. As usual the whole business will be settled in private via negotiations among the three major parties and the six largest Canadian banks. Well no, we don’t do it that way, do […]

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Why the Conservatives badly need a brawl with unions this year

Apr 28 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

In early November 2013, the Conservative party held a national policy convention in Calgary. One of the big themes that emerged from that weekend was a hate-on for Canada’s labour movement. Delegates passed a number of resolutions seeking to ban secret ballots during strikes and forbid the use of dues for political purposes. They also […]

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Don’t expect an Alberta NDP government

Apr 28 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Before you get all excited about the possibility of Rachel Notley and the NDP winning the May 5 provincial election, remember the 2011 federal election. If you listened to media coverage of polls in the final days of that campaign, you would be forgiven for thinking Jack Layton and the NDP were well on their […]

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Dismal leadership race shows how far Ontario PCs have fallen

Apr 28 2015 — R.Michael Warren

On May 9, the once dominant Ontario Progressive Conservative party will choose its next leader. The surprisingly shallow PC gene pool has rendered up two political lightweights at a time when the party needs strong, transformative leadership. For the long-serving Liberal government, this may seem like good news — it will likely continue to operate […]

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Bruce Jenner — Docuseries Both Serious and Humorous … Learning to Golf with Breasts

Apr 28 2015 —

Bruce Jenner’s docuseries will have plenty of serious, eye-opening moments, but there will also be plenty of fun, including how Bruce will adapt his golf game with newly-formed breasts. Sources connected with the production tell TMZ, the goal of the 8-part docuseries is to educate people and provide hope and inspiration for those going through […]