National Newswatch

Conservatives accuse Trudeau of hypocrisy in avoiding tax changes targeting wealthy Canadians

Sep 20 2017 — Brian Platt — With the furor over the government’s proposed tax changes dominating debate in Ottawa, the Conservatives have started going after the personal finances of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other cabinet ministers, arguing it shows hypocrisy. The Conservatives have gone all-in on attacking the tax changes since Parliament returned from its summer break on Monday, devoting […]

Doctors’ fury over proposed federal tax changes could affect provincial health budgets

Sep 14 2017 — Brian Platt — If the federal government goes through with its proposed crackdown on tax planning through private corporations, doctors who take a hit on their paycheques could make things harder for provincial governments trying to keep their healthcare budgets under control. Although the proposed changes would affect many professions that see high rates of incorporation, doctors argue […]

Conservatives prepare to ‘ramp up’ campaign against Morneau’s tax-reform plan

Aug 22 2017 — Brian Platt — As protests grow from business groups over the government’s proposed tax crackdown on private corporations, the Conservatives are getting ready to launch their own campaign against it. Lisa Raitt, the Conservative Party’s deputy leader under Andrew Scheer, says she’s been deep in discussions with doctors and small business owners over the government’s tax plan, and […]

Toronto’s election-sign rules up for revision — next year

Aug 28 2014 — Brian Platt — They’re the most prominent part of any municipal election: the thousands upon thousands of election signs that sprout like weeds across the city for a few weeks. But an attempt to mitigate the $200,000-plus cost of managing them — Toronto estimates it takes 30 full-time staff just to deal with sign complaints — was derailed […]

Ontario’s battle over 3-litre milk jugs on grocery shelves

Jul 28 2014 — Brian Platt — A spat over milk containers is souring relations between dairy farmers and manufacturers. For months, Ontario’s milk bureaucracy has been battling over whether you should be able to buy 3 litres of milk in the grocery store. On one side are the milk processors, represented by the Ontario Dairy Council, who want to open up […]