Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Leaders' Debate: Send In Your Questions

From the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation e-mail release:
Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Dear Supporter:

CTV, Global TV, and CBC are hosting the federal leaders' debate scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th and are inviting questions from the public. It’s important they hear from taxpayers. Can you take a minute right now and send in a question or two? Here are some suggested topics:

1. Taxpayers pay $84.4-million a day on federal debt interest. Do you think this is a good use of tax dollars, and if not, why is there not more urgency around balancing the budget and paying down debt?

2. Will you commit to no tax increases during your term as prime minister?

3. Will you commit to not increasing your MP compensation in the next term or at least until the budget is balanced?

4. Will you commit to making the auditor general’s audit public on how Parliament spends half-a-billion tax dollars when it comes out later this year?

5. The federal government hands out billions in direct subsidies and loans to business in Canada. Instead of high business taxes, why not lower them for everybody and end subsides for select businesses and industries?

6. Employment in the civil service has grown by 3,700 bureaucrats since 2005, a 13% increase. Do you think this is responsible or sustainable given the deficit?

7. What plan do you have to address the costs associated with an aging population whereby fewer taxpayers support higher costs associated with social security and health care?

8. The tax-funded compensation of all elected officials in Canada is subject to public disclosure except elected officials on native reserves. Will you support a law requiring the compensation of reserve politicians be posted online?

9. MP Pensions are wildly out-of-line with public expectations. For every $1 contributed by an MP, taxpayers contribute $4. Is that reasonable? Don’t you think it’s time to reform pensions to a dollar-for-dollar arrangement as many provincial legislatures have done?

10. Senator Raymond Lavigne recently quit his job in order to hold onto his pension after being convicted of fraud and breach of trust. If elected, would you put in place the necessary reforms so that convicted fraudsters such as Lavigne would not get access to the taxpayer-funded portion of their pension?

Questions posed in your own words will have a better chance of being considered. Submission deadline is this Thursday, April 7th. Please e-mail questions to, and be sure to include your name, address, and daytime telephone number.

Thanks for all you do,

--Courtenay, Shannon, Troy and the rest of the CTF team
Here's a great opportunity to forward an inconvenient question or two to the political party leaders. Especially - to the opposition and especially to Mr. Layton. He claims that "businesses can absorb the cost" of higher CPP premiums. I'd like to know who told him that.

As someone who was self-employed (and not once,) I know what it is like to pay 10% to a compulsory pension plan in exchange for a very vague promise of very little in a very distant future. Now he wants to raise that to 15-16% or higher? Let's hold him to an account. The time is running out (the deadline for questions is tomorrow,) so let's not miss the opportunity.

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