How to put an end to bad government decisions

Bad government decisions have one thing in common: lack of independent oversight

How to put an end to bad government decisionsA litany of disastrous government decisions in Canada have sometimes cost lives and definitely many billions of dollars. The list is long: effectively cancelling the Global Public Health Intelligence Network; the failure to implement the pandemic preparedness protocols developed by the federal government’s public health officer; the Alberta government’s disastrous ‘investments’ in the Keystone XL…

Raising corporate tax rates will hurt us all

Raising corporate taxes would hurt firms’ profitability and growth. Employment and wages would suffer

Raising corporate tax rates will hurt us allThe finance ministers of more than 130 nations and territories have arrived at a tentative agreement to create a tax floor⁠ – a minimum corporate tax rate of a proposed 15 per cent. Its proponents, sadly including Canada, claim it will create a "level playing field" and stop a "race to the bottom." Some nations face…

Finally, an LNG project that just might get built

Rationality can prevail, clean, abundant natural gas can be used for decades, energy ‘transition’ or not

Finally, an LNG project that just might get builtAn estimated $55-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to take natural gas from northeastern British Columbia to its northwest coast at Pearse Island recently received the blessing and financial and political backing of the Nisga’a First Nation. The First Nation is on the proposed pipeline route and is the site of planned liquefaction terminal. This…

Is China turning its back on science and progress?

Totalitarian societies such as China require conformity and loyalty, not independence of thought

Is China turning its back on science and progress?One of the most notable features of Nazi Germany was its anti-intellectualism. While it claimed to be at the forefront of scientific and technical advances, its ideology and totalitarian rule made free enquiry and interchange between scientists and other technical people untenable. Researchers became wary of making bold assertions, even when backed by solid evidence…

The economic dangers of a new inflationary era

Interest rates will rise dramatically to compensate financial institutions with effects lasting for years

The economic dangers of a new inflationary eraIt’s not entirely clear whether the Canadian and the global economies are heading for a new inflationary era. It may turn out that inflation is not only elevated from recent negligible levels, but escalates, steadily at first, and then dramatically, as it did in the 1960s until the early 1980s. If it does, the havoc…

Wealth taxes ultimately cripple economic growth

The rich put their earnings into new ideas, venture capital funds and angel investments

Wealth taxes ultimately cripple economic growthThere has been increasing clamour from some circles to impose a wealth tax upon Canadians. The usual government-expanding social ‘democratic’ pressure and interest groups are especially enthused by the idea. They also claim it’s popular among the public. A one-time tax of three per cent on individuals with wealth above $10 million and five per cent…

How the free market is driving an energy evolution

Things are changing faster, and for the better, than radical environmentalists recognize or acknowledge

How the free market is driving an energy evolutionA recent Globe and Mail story about a firm developing garbage-to-biodiesel technology shows how continuing progress makes the global warming extremists’ most hysterically apocalyptic predictions, and their extreme absolutist ‘solutions,’ not only grossly wrong but already likely obsolete. In the case of the company profiled, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. is able to transform not just…

The extraordinary cost of the shift to green energy

Climate change purity is expensive

The extraordinary cost of the shift to green energyBig infrastructure plans in Canada, the United States and the European Union place a lot of emphasis on renewable energy displacing coal, gas and petroleum. Yet little attention is given to the one vital element that makes all these ‘green’ energy transition plans for power plants and vehicles viable: practical and affordable energy storage. Solar…

China holding the world hostage over rare-earth elements

Decoupling will be difficult and costly, but is a necessity

China holding the world hostage over rare-earth elementsSeveral factors have induced Western governments and the firms they preside over to find substitute supply chains for the China-dominant ones they depend on. These factors include growing public revulsion at the repressive and persecutory policies the Chinese Communist Party has for its ethnic, religious and other minorities or critics; the increasingly aggressive expansionary moves…

Sorting out the value, volatility and durability of cryptocurrencies

Rising prices may be increasing their allure but there are considerable risks

Sorting out the value, volatility and durability of cryptocurrenciesThe value of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and others recently hit new record highs, in the thousands of dollars per unit. This escalation has attracted more speculators, further boosting prices over the past several months. Much of this is the result of investors fearing they will miss out on a chance to profit. While…

A clear example of why government and business shouldn’t mix

Centerra is being held hostage by Kyrgyzstan but, fortunately, it is no longer part of a Crown corporation so taxpayers aren't on the hook

A clear example of why government and business shouldn’t mixCenterra, a mid-size Canadian gold-mining company, is engaged in a legal and political dispute with the government of Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia with a chronically unstable and fractious political class and culture. Its main asset, the Kumtor mine, is in that troubled land and the source of roughly half of its…

Why Canadian railroads want to expand aggressively

The regulatory environment in Canada makes foreign expansion not only more attractive but necessary to avoid stagnation or decline

Why Canadian railroads want to expand aggressivelyA bidding war erupted recently between Canada’s two mammoth and historic railways, Canadian National (CN) and archrival Canadian Pacific (CP), for the American railroad Kansas City Southern (KCS). KCS ultimately accepted CN’s US$30-billion bid after scrapping CP’s US$33.6-billion offer. This is all about KCS’s mid-American location and its extensive network in Mexico, where there’s considerable…

We can’t just laugh off unidentified aerial phenomena

The observers of these phenomena are sober professionals who seek to understand what it is that has been detected and recorded

We can’t just laugh off unidentified aerial phenomenaThe venerable television program 60 Minutes aired a segment recently focused on a topic that has been examined before, but not with the same widespread receptivity and credibility. It had to do with UAPs. And the Pentagon, directed by the United States Congress, recently released its file on UAPs, or unidentified aerial phenomena. These sightings…

Crown corporations are simply money pits

They are a bad idea and should be sold off

Crown corporations are simply money pitsReports, studies and analyses show that the essential character of state-owned enterprises, including Canadian Crown corporations, makes it impossible for them to have true independence or real profitability. These operations have inherent goals counter to the normal private sector pursuit of profit maximization. In the private sector, return on investment rewards shareholders for the risk…

Why wealth taxes hamper economies and punish us all

What you tax more of, you get less of

Why wealth taxes hamper economies and punish us allCalls by self-identified progressives and others who purport to champion equity, compelling everyone to pay their fair share, have grown louder and more strident. It seems these social justice warriors have discovered previously unknown inner fiscal conservatism, with their usual zeal for redistribution and punishment for those who they deem have excessive wealth. It’s wealth…
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