A message from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation which we are happy to pass along. All very good questions to ask. [Sorry the deadline is passed for submission but the questions are worth asking your local candidate or sending along to the leader or party of your choice. You can also watch to see if some of these Questions are brought up in the debate and listen for any answers.]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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