Says Public Deserves Refund

Taxpayers out millions' worth of sweetheart corporate subsidies have a right to expect their money back, Deputy Industry Minister Simon Kennedy said yesterday. Kennedy’s testimony followed an investigation that counted 186 conflicts at the board of Sustainable Development Technology Canada: "Funding was provided and it needs to be recovered."

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Feds Admit Carbon Tax Costs

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault yesterday released data confirming the carbon tax is a net cost for the economy. The figures contradicted repeated claims by cabinet that its tax was revenue neutral and created jobs: "Why did you wait until today to release it?"

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Long Study On Capital Gains

MPs yesterday agreed to spend months reviewing Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s proposal to raise capital gains tax revenues by $18 billion. New data show tax filers who report gains from the sale of farms, commercial buildings, vacation homes and other equity typically show profits under $50,000: "The government in an effort to start a class war has made a mistake."

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“You Think That Happened?”

Liberal appointee Senator Donna Dasko (Ont.) yesterday questioned whether foreign agents did any harm in the last two general elections. A judicial inquiry ruled May 3 “it is possible” the outcome in a handful of ridings was influenced by the Chinese Communist Party: "Do you think that happened?"

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‘Infinite Data’ Claim In Court

Anti-trust lawyers seek a Federal Court order for confidential market research by Rogers Communications Inc. The Competition Bureau has targeted Rogers’ claims to sell “infinite” data plans: 'We have reason to believe these representations convey a false or misleading impression.'

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Missing Target By Thousands

Housing Minister Sean Fraser’s "affordability" target is short hundreds of thousands of new homes according to figures released yesterday by cabinet’s own Housing Advocate. Builders have warned even the lower target is farfetched: "We need measurable results."

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Minister Frets On Re-Election

Liberals seeking a fourth term face tight contests nationwide “including in my riding,” Public Works Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said yesterday. Duclos made his remarks while speaking to reporters about a June 24 byelection in one of the safest Liberal seats in the country: "If it is close, what does it say?"

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Senator Upset By Security Bill

Liberal appointee Senator Yuen Pau Woo (B.C.) yesterday said he feared Canadians in “regular contact with a foreign state agent” will be targeted under a new security bill. Woo earlier reacted angrily when asked by reporters if he was a Chinese Communist Party agent: "It is deeply insulting."

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Inflation Hikes Poverty Rates

The cost of living has overtaken years of progress in lowering poverty rates, says a federal report. The Department of Social Development counted almost a half million Canadians who fell into poverty due to inflation: "Inflation coupled with lagging household incomes has led to affordability pressures."

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Employers Fear More Strikes

Employers’ groups yesterday said a federal ban on use of replacement workers may lead to more strikes and lockouts in rail, marine shipping and other sectors. Parliament is preparing to pass a replacement worker ban under Bill C-58 An Act To Amend The Canada Labour Code: "Would this bill not bring equilibrium to labour relations?"

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Eat Your Yogurt: Researchers

The Department of Health is rewriting regulations to permit vitamin D supplements in yogurt similar to fortified milk. Federal data confirm as many as seven percent of Canadians have a vitamin D deficiency due to long, dark winters: "For example, at 52 degrees north in Edmonton, no synthesis of vitamin D occurs in the skin between October and March."

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“$8B And You Don’t Know?”

Environmental benefits of an $8 billion subsidy program for industry are unknown, Department of Environment managers yesterday told the Commons public accounts committee. Conservative MP Dan Mazier (Swan River-Dauphin, Man.) expressed outrage: "You are so flippant about it. You don’t even care."

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This Will Be Law September 1

The Attorney General and a federal judge are enacting new rules allowing password sharing. This impacts all internet users nationwide. What does it mean? Here are the answers.

Vows ‘No Lobby’ Tax Reform

Any future Conservative cabinet would appoint a lobby-free tax reform committee, Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre said yesterday. He made the pledge as Conservatives opposed an $18 billion increase in capital gains taxes: "Get ahead by working hard."

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OK Capital Gains Tax 208-118

The Commons yesterday by a 208 to 118 vote passed a Ways And Means Motion to raise capital gains tax revenues. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland called it a blow for tax fairness against multimillionaires, a claim disputed by critics: "Almost 50 percent of the people impacted by this tax otherwise make less than $100,000 a year."

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