FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has released its 2015 Naughty and Nice List, and the Taxpayer Santa has another lump of coal this year for Premier Christy Clark and her government.
They made the Naughty List again, with yet another Medical Service Premium hike, and it means in the last five years this tax has jumped 39 per cent, from $108 to $150 a month — and the rate’s the same for families making just over $30,000 a year, as it is for those making $10 million.
As a result, B.C. Director Jordan Bateman says the CTF is recommending the province freeze the MSP, reviews it for fairness, and looks for other revenue options.
However, that’s not at the top of his 2016 wish list.
It should be noted the BC legislature did make the Nice List this past year for what the CTF views as a positive step forward, toward transparency, and it happened back in March, when it began posting MLA expense receipts.