By Claire Theobald Star Edmonton Tues., April 2, 2019 EDMONTON—United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney has long said that his first move, should he become premier, would be to scrap the provincial carbon tax and challenge any attempt from the federal government in court to force one on Albertans. It was a position he reiterated Monday, filling up his blue pickup truck for the cameras, the day a federal carbon levy came into effect for Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick, the four provinces that did not have a carbon tax plan of their own that met federal standards. “I will instruct our attorney general to file at the Alberta Court of Appeal by April 30 a judicial application challenging the constitutionality of Justin Trudeau’s federal carbon tax,” Kenney said, speaking to media during a campaign stop outside the Lymburn Esso Station in Edmonton. “We will join our allies in the governments of … [Read more...] about Alberta’s carbon tax: What is it and what happens if it’s scrapped?
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By Mike Blanchfield The Canadian Press Fri., March 22, 2019 OTTAWA - “(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) thinks today’s budget will distract Canadians from all of this. He is using the budget — a critical element of any government’s agenda — as nothing more than a political prop in an unprecedented cover-up.” — Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer, March 19 --- Andrew Scheer and his Conservative caucus members have been scathing in their attacks on this week’s decision by the Liberal-dominated House of Commons justice committee to abruptly end its examination of the SNC-Lavalin affair. In addition to calling it a cover-up and a snub to all Canadians, the leader of the official Opposition called it an attempt by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to undermine the role of Parliament. The committee’s decision came on the same day as the federal budget was being tabled. So Scheer wove that into his broader criticism of the … [Read more...] about Baloney Meter: Was the budget a political prop for the scandal-plagued Liberals?
SINGAPORE: In this year's Budget, the Government chose to spend money on building the country rather than on goodies to make the people happy, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin highlighted at the close of the Committee of Supply debates on Friday (Mar 8). He pointed out that there are systems in the world that run from "pillar to post", from one election cycle to another, "because the preoccupation is the present, just to get elected". Long-term investments in public infrastructure are not always made because "you do not reap the political dividends of these efforts", he said.Instead, in corrupt countries, money is spent on initiatives that push people to vote in a certain way and there are many of these projects because then officials can "cream off the kickbacks", making what they can because they do not know how long they will be in that position, he said. In contrast, Singapore's Budget was built upon "what has been said by many of you in the years past and … [Read more...] about ‘That is not the way we are’: Tan Chuan-Jin on how Budget 2019 was not an ‘election Budget’
Live Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has unveiled the Budget for the fiscal year starting April 2019 in Parliament on Monday.This budget was declared two days after data showed that the country's economy grew at its slowest pace in more than two years.As per the Ministry of Finance, this year's budget "is a strategic plan to build a Strong, United Singapore."The following are some highlights of Budget 2019: 32 min 18:30 Here we end the live update. 52 min 18:11 GST import relief and the duty-free concession for travellers will be tightened. 52 min 18:10 The annual special tax on diesel cars and taxis permanently reduced by $100 and $850 respectively. 53 min 18:10 Singapore government will raise the excise duty for diesel by $0.10 per litre, to $0.20 per litre. 53 min 18:09 Climate Action Plan launched in 2016 sets out the strategy for mitigating and adapting to the impacts of … [Read more...] about Singapore Budget 2019: Find out what is new on the paper
By Tim Harper National Affairs Columnist Thu., April 5, 2018 How to harness a ‘youthquake?’ Whichever party can divine a way to do that in next year’s federal election will form government, according to some ground breaking data on millennials being released this week by Abacus Data. For the first time, millennials will be the dominant voting block in a federal election in 2019. That’s also the case in this June’s Ontario election. That’s 9.5 million voters, those who will be aged 19-39, when federal ballots are cast next year. There are signs that political parties understand there’s a revolution underway, one that has the potential to turn Canadian politics on its head. Article Continued Below For years, or so the adage went, parties didn’t court the youth vote, because they didn’t go to the polls. Younger voters said they checked out of the process because politicians had nothing for them. The … [Read more...] about Politicians beware, Canada’s millennial voting army is at the gates