11 Jan

MSPs should be a ‘major campaign issue’: CTF

first_imgHowever, Bateman argues regardless of what math you use to digest the written-off numbers, they’re more proof that MSP taxes are both unfair and inefficient. He says its time they became, a major election campaign issue.Yet, another premium increase in the 2016-17 budget means they’ve been hiked nearly 40 per cent over the past five years.  Bateman notes even Premier Clark admits the MSP is, ‘unfair, illogical, antiquated and nonsensical.’ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Using a document obtained by a Freedom of Information request, the B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has released some new information on what he calls a ‘truly regressive’ tax system: medical services premiums.Jordan Bateman argues the B.C. government has written off more than $340 million in MSP tax debt over the past six years. He claims other documents obtained by the Federation in a previous FOI request showed more than 850,000 MSP tax payments were at least 31 days past due.He concluded that, while the government can still legally try and get the money, writing it off is an admission — it’s unlikely to ever recoup it, and pressure needs to be kept on the Liberals to reform the way B.C. taxpayers pay for healthcare.- Advertisement -The newly-obtained document shows annual amounts written-off since 2010, with a ‘very skewed’ and unexplained total of $157.5 million in 2013.That’s nearly three times the next nearest total of $54.9 million in 2014, and nearly ten times more than the lowest annual amount of $16.3 million in 2011.Last year’s amount was $40.6 million — which was slightly higher than the five year average, minus the 2013 total.Advertisementlast_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgSOCCER: Former Manchester United star and current Republic of Ireland assistant Roy Keane has reiterated the importance of Ireland’s No.1 choice goalkeeper playing regularly club football.Shay GivenKeane was talking about the goalkeeping situation ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 double-header with Gibraltar and Georgia in the next few days.Given has admitted he will retire from the Republic of Ireland set-up after the Euro 2016 campaign. However, Given turned down the opportunity to be first choice at Championship club Middlesbrough in favour of re-joining old boss Mark Hughes at Stoke City.Given will be No.2 at Stoke and faces a battle on his hands to displace Jack Butland.That decision could put Given’s position as first choice No.1 at risk.Keane said, “I’m sure Shay is going there saying he’s going to fight for his place like he did at Villa the last few years. “There will be situations where players will turn up and they’re all not playing regularly.“That’s not ideal for us especially in a specialist position like goalkeeping.“I understand that but their mind-set when they sign for clubs is that they’re going to be playing football.“Shay has gone there believing he can challenge the young goalkeeper.“And if the young goalkeeper makes a few mistakes or there’s an injury, then he’s in.” KEANE: ‘SHAY’S IRELAND SPOT NOT A ‘GIVEN’ was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newssoccerSportlast_img read more