The Canadian Taxpayers Federation released a Taxpayer Wishlist with 12 pieces of legislation members of Parliament need to introduce through private members’ or government bills.
“Taxpayers are looking for relief and an end to government waste this holiday season,” said Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director with the CTF. “These are ideas politicians from all sides can work on. We can all agree that a governor general’s expense account should end when they leave office. And Ottawa needs to move on the call from Indigenous leaders to establish a First Nations auditor general."
The CTF compiled a list of policy recommendations including:
End the expense account for former governors general
Require transparency for corporate welfare
Establish an auditor general for First Nations communities
Exempt user-generated content from online censorship
Exempt grain drying costs from federal carbon tax
Remove Canada Revenue Agency reporting requirement on the sale of homes
End automatic MP pay hikes
Repeal the escalator tax on alcohol
End the gas tax-on-tax
Require consultation on equalization referendum
Implement federal recall and initiative
No pension for convicted MPs and senators
“Whether through a private members’ bill or pushing the government to act, these are 12 ways all MPs can improve transparency, provide tax relief and reduce government waste,” said Terrazzano.