More Money for Government and Tax Payer: What Cake to Cut?

Job or earning; what’s more important?
Rahman Mohamed

Known across Canada: Ontario Premier Doug Ford.  Less than 1 month after being elected he’s been said to be moving Ontario backwards.  He’s been called a dictator by NDP Leader, MPP Andrea Horwath, leader of the opposition.  Actions of his government include ending the 3-month York University strike and elimination of Cap and Trade of Carbon pollution implemented by the previous government.  Premier Ford has been strongly criticised for removing the Ontario Sex Ed curriculum, changing what was to be taught in September 2018 for what was taught in 1998.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau changes to the federal Carbon Tax on July 7 reduces payments on Carbon pollution in companies of different sizes in various industries.  Premier Ford then announced it was taking the federal government to court based on constitutional violation.  Leader of the Green Party, MPP Mike Schreiner says government is interested in spending time in court than saving tax payers’ money and bettering the environment.

Are there unexplored ways governments can save money?

Statistics Canada (2016) shows the annual median after-tax income of an Ontario family to be $52,580 (Statistics Canada.  Table  11-10-0015-01   Before-tax and after-tax low income status (census family LIM) by family type and family composition).

On July 31 CBC reported Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod announcing the end of the Basic Income pilot project.  The project was designed to learn if a Minimum Income was better than a Minimum Wage.  In the program a single received $17,000 minus earnings; a couple received $24,000.

2018 salaries for Toronto Councillors are $114,306.06; the Mayor earns $192,503.43.  This is based on TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 223, REMUNERATION FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS.  It states Councillors will receive an annual increase based on “Statistics Canada’s Toronto Consumer Price Index, as calculated by the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and based on the previous year’s average.”.  They will receive a raise based on the cost of living in Toronto and the average of the previous year.

In 2017 Ontario MPPs earned a range of $100,193.29 to $313,114.00; taxable benefits ranged from $4205.92 to $151.07.  Premier Kathleen Wynne received $208,974.00 with $359.96 with taxable benefits.  Globe and Mail reported Premier Doug Ford put a freeze on public sector managers and said he would not cut jobs (July 3).

Premier Ford is being criticised for actions taken to make changes in municipal and regional governments during an election year.  Toronto’s City Council is being reduced; from 47 to 25 Councillors, borders of regional ridings will be aligned with provincial/federal ridings.  City of Toronto is planning to challenge this in courts.

The primary reason the Premier cites is ensuring the city can make decisions faster and saving money for the city by reducing politicians.  Is this the only route?


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