Kris Austin: The Negative Effects of Double Taxes on Small Businesses

 

By André Faust (July 06, 2017)

In a room filled to capacity at a public town hall meeting held at the New Maryland Victoria Hall, party leader Kris Austin told those in attendance that New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that double taxes small business causing some of the smaller businesses with small profit margins to close their door placing their employees out of work. Additionally, the double tax scheme discourages out of province and local small businesses from choosing New Brunswick as a place to do business.

According to Austin, there would be some loss of revenue for the province by abandoning the double taxes, but that loss would be offset by tax revenues generated by a growing economy as result of the increase in the number of small business that would be created as a result of the tax change.

In his presentation, Austin stated that the office of the Language Commission should be scrapped because the office is creating a polarisation between the Anglo and Franco communities rather than binding the two communities. Austin questions the efficiency of that office saying that recently the current Commissioner of Official Languages Katherine d’Entremont has personally made complaints about violations of the language act. The monies saved by decommissioning the office of the Commissioner of Official Languages could go towards the Office of the Auditor General which according to Party leader Kris Austin is underfunded.

Recently the Auditor General Kim MacPherson criticised the provincial government Department of Social Development’s procurement process involving a $13 million consulting contract which cost the province more than what it was expected to save.

Austin explains that the Office of the Auditor General is an independent body to serve as a watchdog over government spending and by keeping that office underfunded it limits the ability of the General Auditor from performing an in-depth analysis of government financial management.

Austin adds, the people’s Alliance while critical of the Commission of the language commission is not anti-French or anti-bilingualism but the party is against the polarisation of the two communities. He went on to say that it is important to address the needs of both linguistic communities and that the People’s Alliance is in the process of translating their website into French, the mandate of the party is to be inclusive of every New Brunswicker.


2017 Budget reaction: Kris Austin PANB party leader

peoples-allianceFredericton – The People’s Alliance is once again calling on the Gallant government to stop trimming the edges and to begin addressing the real issues with our fiscal challenges. For the past 10 years, both Liberal and Conservative governments have continued to run an annual operating deficit and increased the provincial debt nearly 3 fold. This puts individuals, families and our children’s future at great risk.

The 2017-2018 operating deficit is projected to be  $231 million, with the debt climbing to $13.9 billion next month which amounts to $18,600 per New Brunswicker.  Party leader Kris Austin says this is alarming.

“Until governments get serious about ending corporate welfare, and eliminating duality, the road to balanced books will never be traveled,” said Austin. “We cannot continue to see frontline services like education and healthcare cut while corporations are given tax payer handouts left and right.”

In their 2014 audited platform, the People’s Alliance revealed how New Brunswick can save hundreds of millions of dollars annually without affecting important front line services. The party has continued to press both Liberal and Tory governments to get NB Liquor out of the costly retail division (while maintaining wholesale and distribution), merge the two health authority administrations, and stop giving tax dollars to big business. By doing so, overall fees and taxes that are placed upon the shoulders of the provinces’ citizens could be reduced and the annual deficit eliminated.


 

Kris Austin says withdrawal of dual busing question positive, but leaves taxpayers on the hook yet again

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The leader of the People’s Alliance is pleased the Liberal government has abandoned its Court of Appeal case to segregate children on school buses based on which language they speak.

The government had sent the question of dual busing to the Appeals Court after it discovered an English school and a French school in Kent county were transporting kids together up until 2015. Then Education Minister Serge Rousselle put a stop to the practice and ordered extra buses for the area. Today however, the government decided, rather than continue the challenge, to allow local DEC s the ability to share school busing services if they should choose. DEC s are made up of representatives and parents.

Under section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms it gives minority groups the right to govern their own schools, and subsections of the constitution guarantee education to be controlled individually by each official language group.

“I respect the right of teaching our children in their mother tongue, french or english here in the province” says Kris Austin, “ We are all equal partners, with common goals to make New Brunswick the best possible place to raise our families.”

Austin is critical of how the government handled the situation, which he called a lack of leadership from within the ranks.

“After spending thousands in tax dollars to file application, months tying up the court, and wasting the resources of various organizations, the government has decided to abandon the dual bus question,” says Austin, “Premier Gallant could have saved a lot of time and money by doing what many parents were asking and allowing educational districts to decide for themselves the best way to transport students to school, without ever involving the court. It shows a clear lack of leadership by the Premier which is unfortunate for taxpayers.”


 

PA party leader Kris Austin commentary regarding U.S. election results

austintrumph-2Many people woke up this morning bewildered by the US Presidential election results.  How could a presidential candidate who smashed through every concept of political normalcy actually pull it off?

The traditional playbook that outlines expert opinions from political pundits was rebuffed by Trump, and a completely uncharted course was laid out and followed by his campaign.  How could such a controversial figure do everything wrong by traditional standards and still hold the key to the White House when the results rolled in?  I think the answer is actually quite simple.  People are tired of the status quo, politically correct establishment that is so entrenched in a broken system, and Hillary Clinton was the poster child of such a system.

What is really important to realize is that this movement of rejection of established politics did not begin with Trump, and it certainly will not end there.  We can look to the Arab Spring in 2010, or to countries like Greece & Iceland, or to the controversial election of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, or more recently to the decision of England to leave the European Union (Brexit) as evidence.  This is a global and growing movement that is redefining the world at large and creating a revolution that is obliterating polished and comfortable politics.

In reality, we do not have to look to the Middle East, Europe, or our neighbours to the South to see this.  All you have to do is stop by your local coffee shop and listen to the citizens there to find resentment of a broken and corrupted system right here at home.

And who can blame people?  We are tired of paying ridiculously high taxes and getting sub-standard government service in return.   We loathe the ribbon cutting photo-ops of professional politicians handing our tax dollars over to multi-billion dollar corporations. We are infuriated that governments continue to support language segregation in our schools, healthcare system, and other public services.

What further stokes a righteous indignation among our population is when our elected leaders use politically correct arguments to try and convince us these things are good.  The Atcon scandal, the Alward forestry deal, and linguistic duality (to name just a few) are indefensible, and no “expert” advice can argue against what is plain common sense.

Yesterday, Americans asked themselves if the traditional status quo politics has really been working for them, and they used the ballot box to give the answer.  No doubt our own political elite here at home felt the cold chill of such a decision, and are scrambling to stop the inevitable.

As Trump cleverly stated, it’s time to drain the swamp.


 

People’s Alliance calls for repeal of unnecessary language requirements now placed on professional associations

 

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Kris Austin , leader of the People’s Alliance party, is calling on government and the official opposition to table a repeal of new far reaching language requirements placed on professional associations. The newly implemented changes to the Official Languages Act, which were unanimously passed under the Alward Conservative government during the secret closed door hearings in 2013 and reaffirmed in 2015 by the current Gallant government, took effect July 1st.

 

Professional associations such as the New Brunswick Real Estate Association and the New Brunswick Association of Land Surveyors now are required to offer service and publications in both official languages.

This past Tuesday, the New Brunswick Language Commissioner, Katherine D’Entremont, encouraged the people of the province to begin submitting complaints to her office for non-compliance of the new law.

“The last thing people want in this province is another strong-armed approach to language by the Language Commissioner’s office,” says Austin. “The Office is redundant, inefficient, and does nothing but further divide New Brunswickers. ”

Austin says if neither the Liberals nor Conservatives will act now, one of the first orders of business for a People’s Alliance government in the future would be to repeal the amendments and have an open review of the Official Languages Act, with submissions accepted equally by parties from both linguistic communities.

“The Languages Act was meant to ensure that a unilingual citizen could receive government services in his or her own language. Extending it to force language requirements on private associations is a gross overreach, and it needs to end,” Austin emphasized.

The party would also abolish the office of the Language Commissioner, and future complaints would be deferred to the local MLA, the minister responsible for Official Languages, or the Ombudsman.