Skating off with public money

Posted by & filed under Canadian governments.

Description: The competition was tight with a number of dubious entries. But the new $8.2 million skating rink on Parliament Hill took the top spot in the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s annual awards for federal government waste. This outdoor rink – a mere stone’s throw from the world’s longest skating rink, the Rideau Canal – works… Read more »

The Red Tape Blues

Posted by & filed under Canadian governments, Contemporary Business Issues.

Description: Red tape continues to be a problem in Canadian jurisdictions. Perhaps the most humorous is a requirement in Quebec to post a notice to tell employees you are about to post a notice. This is among the finalists for Paperweight Award, an annual ‘competition’ sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses to highlight… Read more »

AG and Premier collide

Posted by & filed under Accounting Careers, Canadian governments.

Description: Meanwhile, in Nova Scotia, Premier Stephen McNeil questioned the findings of provincial Auditor General Michael Pickup regarding a shortage of physicians in Nova Scotia. The Premier appeared to be saying that Mr. Pickup had strayed into the policy field in his audit of doctor shortages in Nova Scotia. He noted that if the Auditor… Read more »

How about those Bombardier bonuses?

Posted by & filed under Accounting Theory, Canadian governments.

Description: In an intriguing display of public outrage, approximately 200 protestors gathered outside Bombardier headquarters in Montreal to decry the bonuses granted to company executives while taxpayers have been bailing out the company. With both the federal and provincial governments kicking in over a billion dollars, citizens were outraged that the company opened up the… Read more »

Inventing Renovations

Posted by & filed under Canadian governments, Ethics.

Description: And in a second accounting update from the small Province of New Brunswick, a recent investigation by the CBC has revealed that government officials invented renovations for over 2,000 residential properties in the province, creating big increases in tax assessments for the homeowners. An email revealed that government invented the renos when assessment officials… Read more »

Quebec bucks the trend

Posted by & filed under Canadian Economy, Canadian governments, Uncategorized.

Description: While Saskatchewan, Alberta and the federal government in Ottawa have all delivered budgets with big planned deficits in recent weeks, last week the Province of Quebec issued a balanced budget. The budget also promised an income tax cut for Quebec citizens. Could this have anything to do with a coming election in 2018? Date:… Read more »

Asset recycling

Posted by & filed under Advanced Accounting, Canadian governments.

Description: Asset Recycling is a fancy phrase  Canadian  governments are now using for what we used to call privatization – another invented word that grated on many when it entered the vocabulary. Asset recycling means that governments will sell off older ‘legacy’ capital assets – like in Ontario’s partial sale of Ontario Hydro – in… Read more »

Tough budget

Posted by & filed under Canadian governments, Personal Tax.

Description: Canada’s oil producing provinces are facing pressures on their finances with decreasing royalty revenues. This past week, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador released its budget for 2016-17, showing an increase in a range of taxes and fees. This included an increase in the Harmonized Sales Tax as well as a special deficit reduction… Read more »

‘Investing’ in that deficit?

Posted by & filed under Accounting Principles, Canadian governments.

Description: This past week Justin Trudeau’s government released its first budget, showing a planned deficit of nearly $30 billion for the next fiscal year. While Finance Minister Bill Morneau spoke of “investments in the future of Canada,” the Opposition drew attention to the fact that the deficit far outstripped the $10 billion figure Mr. Trudeau… Read more »