Ontario budget an exercise in wishful thinking

The government continues to delay making the tough decisions

Ontario budget an exercise in wishful thinking
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LAMMAM, PALACIOS: The government continues to delay making the tough decisions

Canada’s federal budget lacks big picture thinking

The policies outlined in the budget simply do not give Canada the economic shot in the arm it needs

Canada’s federal budget lacks big picture thinking
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LAMMAM and PALACIOS: The policies outlined in the budget simply do not give Canada the economic shot in the arm it needs

The federal government doesn’t owe Ontario – or Alberta – more money

Premiers will invent any excuses - including blaming it all on the federal government - to cover their own failures

The federal government doesn’t owe Ontario – or Alberta – more money
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MILKE: Premiers will invent any excuses – including blaming it all on the federal government – to cover their own failures

The glaring imbalance in Metro Vancouver’s transit plebiscite

Vast majority do not use public transit but are expected to pay for it with higher taxes

The glaring imbalance in Metro Vancouver’s transit plebiscite
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LAMMAM and FILIPOWICZ: Vast majority do not use public transit but are expected to pay for it with higher taxes on many of their day-to-day expenses

Wait times in Canada longer than health report suggests

While wait times have stabilized, they have done so at an historically high of about 18.2 weeks – almost twice as long as in 1993

Wait times in Canada longer than health report suggests
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BARUA: While wait times have stabilized, they have done so at an historically high of about 18.2 weeks – almost twice as long as in 1993

Rate of decline in business start-ups in Canada reason for worry

It is critical that governments enact policies, including reforming the capital gains tax, supportive of entrepreneurship

Rate of decline in business start-ups in Canada reason for worry
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CLEMENS and VELDHUIS: It is critical that governments enact policies, including reforming the capital gains tax, supportive of entrepreneurship

Prohibition-era liquor policies continue in Ontario and BC

Both provinces continue their anti-consumer, pro-union liquor policies

Prohibition-era liquor policies continue in Ontario and BC
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MILKE: Both provinces continue their anti-consumer, pro-union liquor policies

BC minimum wage hike won’t help most struggling families

Increasing the minimum wage not the most effective way to fight poverty

BC minimum wage hike won’t help most struggling families
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LAMMAM and MACINTYRE: Increasing the minimum wage not the most effective way to fight poverty

Metro Vancouver’s transit plan is so last century

Ignores burgeoning transportation options

Metro Vancouver’s transit plan is so last century
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GREEN: Ignores burgeoning transportation options

Restraining compensation would ease Ontario’s budget woes

Government worker compensation consumes more than half the provincial budget

Restraining compensation would ease Ontario’s budget woes
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LAMMAM and MACINTYRE: Government worker compensation consumes more than half the provincial budget