Loblaws subsidy underscores Canada’s flawed climate plan

Rather than relying on carbon pricing to make things happen, the government is picking winners and losers

Loblaws subsidy underscores Canada’s flawed climate planBy Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The federal government announced recently that it will provide up to $12 million in subsidies to Canadian supermarket giant Loblaws Inc. for new energy-efficient refrigerators. Unfortunately, the subsidy proves again that the nation’s climate plan is severely flawed. According to the government’s news release, the subsidy…

Mining permit waits hamper Canadian development

Exploration is the critical first stage in mining development. Yet many provinces don't meet their own guidelines

Mining permit waits hamper Canadian developmentEvery year, the Fraser Institute publishes a survey of senior mining company executives that assesses policy environments around the world and the mineral potential of jurisdictions. Those two components are used to create an investment attractiveness index. One thing miners repeatedly tell us is that they’re concerned about obtaining exploration permits: how long does it…

SNC-Lavalin reminds us that big government invites big scandals

If we want fewer scandals, we must scale back government to limit the temptation to indulge in scandalous behaviour

SNC-Lavalin reminds us that big government invites big scandalsThe SNC-Lavalin scandal, which continues to dominate headlines across Canada, has many moving parts. It’s hard to disentangle everything so as to assign blame. But the situation provides an important lesson that seemingly many have forgot: big government invites big scandals. Political power can be misused for personal gain. It can be wielded in ways…

Federal budget full of puzzling contradictions

With one hand, the government gives. With the other hand, it takes away benefits to taxpayers

Federal budget full of puzzling contradictionsBy Jason Clemens and Jake Fuss The Fraser Institute Commentators have noted the thrown-together nature of the 2019 federal budget released last week. There seem to be several ill-considered initiatives and some parts of the budget openly contradict other government programs and reforms. One of the more prominent contradictions relates to housing policy. In 2016,…

What CBC gets wrong about the crisis in Venezuela

The Maduro regime has inflicted massive human suffering. You wouldn't know that by watching the National

What CBC gets wrong about the crisis in VenezuelaIn the early 2000s, CBC faced charges of deep-seated left-wing bias. In recent years, it cleaned up its act and is rated centre-left by Media Bias/Fact Check, a website that rates accuracy and political bias in news media. Not unbiased but a big improvement from where it was. Yet, the CBC’s flagship National newscast recently…

Quebec’s electoral reform public education initiative falls short

How a government can claim consensus without asking the question is quite a head-scratcher

Quebec’s electoral reform public education initiative falls shortQuebec Justice Minister Sonia LeBel recently announced that the government is moving forward with electoral reform. Yet unlike other provincial governments, rather than proceed with a referendum, the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government will table a bill to move Quebec to a mixed member proportional (MMP) electoral system before Oct. 1. LeBel claims that the…

National pharmacare can hurt patients more than it helps

Will likely result in reduced access to new drugs, and delay research and development

National pharmacare can hurt patients more than it helpsThe federal government’s pharmacare advisory council released a report last week outlining the “foundational” elements of a national plan. And Tuesday’s federal budget may include more details. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding regarding core aspects of the pharmacare debate. Given that proponents in Canada often cite government-funded pharmacare programs in the United…

This budget season, Canada must lower taxes on entrepreneurs

Canada is at a huge disadvantage for attracting and retaining those we rely on for innovation, employment growth and prosperity

This budget season, Canada must lower taxes on entrepreneursBy Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Over the last few years, the federal government and many provincial counterparts have weakened incentives for entrepreneurs by raising personal income taxes. This budget season provides an opportunity to reverse this trend and introduce tax policies to attract, encourage and retain entrepreneurs. The process should start…

How Canada’s North can fulfill its great mining potential

Governments must address infrastructure deficiencies, protected area and land claim issues, and regulatory duplication

How Canada’s North can fulfill its great mining potentialBy Ashley Stedman and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Mining investors are eyeing all three territories in Canada’s North, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual survey of mining companies. For the first time in more than five years, all three territories are among the top 15 most attractive regions for mining investment worldwide. But territorial…

Feds should stop trying to fix Canadian housing markets

That’s a job better left to municipal and provincial governments, which can actually have an impact on supply and demand

Feds should stop trying to fix Canadian housing marketsBy Josef Filipowicz and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute Late last month, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the federal government is considering ways to make housing more affordable for millennials. While he didn’t mention specifics, a one-size-fits-all plan for the entire country isn’t likely to solve housing affordability woes in expensive cities like Toronto and Vancouver.…

Why government meddling can increase air pollution

We need a more modest, but more efficient, set of environmental policies that involve doing less, not more

Why government meddling can increase air pollutionWhen economists speak about climate change risk, they use a lens of externalities – when exchanges between two parties have consequences that spill over onto third parties. These externalities are labelled ‘negative’ when these spillovers hurt third parties. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from economic activity constitute a negative externality, as producers and consumers in any…

Federal drug-pricing plan threatens access to new medicines

There’s no escaping the fact that discovering, developing and testing new drugs costs a lot of money

Federal drug-pricing plan threatens access to new medicinesBy Bacchus Barua and Steven Globerman The Fraser Institute It seems quite clear that the current Liberal administration wants the federal government to become the public insurer for prescription drugs, in part to contain drug costs. It’s a wrongheaded plan. In 2017, the government proposed changes to the way it limits drug prices in Canada.…

“Inevitable” recession will seriously derail federal finances

The government must apply the brakes on spending in the spring budget and focus on deficit reduction

“Inevitable” recession will seriously derail federal financesBy Jake Fuss, Milagros Palacios and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Fiscal prudence – the ability of the government to balance its budget and manage the finances of the country responsibly – is an increasing concern for Canadians. According to a recent Nanos poll, a majority of Canadians favour balancing the federal budget more than…

Undoing the damage to the Canadian economy

It will require a major shift in policy at both the federal level and in many provinces

Undoing the damage to the Canadian economyBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Anecdotes of Canadian firms leaving or diverting investments outside the country have continued unabated from 2018. The federal and many provincial governments seem reluctant to acknowledge this serious flight of capital. Reversing this trend, which is a major impediment to Canadian prosperity and well-being, will require…

Closing the gap on global inequality by every measure

From income to health to education, the metrics show improving conditions around the world

Closing the gap on global inequality by every measureAccording to recent news reports, economic inequality is on the rise. Since inequality is the gloomy backdrop for many policy discussions, it’s unsurprising that many people in the world’s wealthiest countries worry about the issue. However, very few are aware that this increase in inequality (the magnitude and causes of which are hotly debated) is…
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