The Canadian Taxpayers Federation just got a big VICTORY at the Supreme Court. And this is just the start because we’ll be back at the Supreme Court in a few months.
The basic issue was whether governments can refuse to give judges a pay raise. Unlike other government employees, judges salaries are usually based on a recommendation from an independent committee. (We explain the whole case on the Canadian Taxpayers Podcast – just click this LINK ([link removed]) .)
In both British Columbia and Nova Scotia, the committee recommended big pay hikes for judges, even though both governments were implementing across-the-board spending cuts. The governments refused to give them the raise, so the judges took them to court.
The CTF intervened in the case to argue that governments don’t need to disclose confidential documents to justify denying big pay raises if they’re controlling spending across the whole government.
The Supreme Court ruled against the judges, refusing to compel disclosure of B.C. cabinet documents while only ordering the release of a few specific documents from Nova Scotia.
Now we’re gearing up to go back to the Supreme Court to fight the carbon tax. We got a big win when an Alberta court ruled against the carbon tax. It’s going to be a tough fight, but we’re feeling good about our case at the Supreme Court.
Thank you again for making this historic moment for our organization possible and for your ongoing support!
- Aaron, Todd, Shannon and all of the CTF staff
PS: There are dozens of deep-pocketed groups lining up to support the Trudeau government’s carbon tax at the Supreme Court, including the David Suzuki Foundation. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is the only non-government organization showing up to fight against the carbon tax. If you’d like to chip in on that campaign, just go to our secure website: [link removed] ([link removed])
PPS: Ever get tired of media spin? Check out the Canadian Taxpayers Podcast ([link removed]) where we break down big issues costing you money and hold politicians accountable for stupid spending. You can subscribe for free with Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and may other providers or listen in on YouTube ([link removed]) .