P.E.I. premier speaks truth on internal trade in Canada

The federal government has three legal avenues to ensure trade liberalization between provinces. It should take them

P.E.I. premier speaks truth on internal trade in CanadaBy Alex Whalen and Jackson Doughart Atlantic Institute for Market Studies HALIFAX, N.S. Sept. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Lowering barriers to Canadian internal trade is a serious priority for commerce and opportunity. Yet provincial governments have impeded the cause for decades. It's time for Ottawa to take charge. In July, the premiers met in Whitehorse…

Memorization, practise and critical thinking go hand-in-hand

It's unreasonable to assume that students can practise critical thinking without first acquiring substantial background knowledge

Memorization, practise and critical thinking go hand-in-handHALIFAX, N.S. Aug. 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ – All students should become critical thinkers. The ability to synthesize and evaluate information, and come up with new ways of looking at things is highly prized in education circles from kindergarten to graduate school. Given the importance of critical thinking, it’s not surprising that schools across the country…

Online shopping tax exemptions penalize Canadian business

Calls to increase the duty exemption limit for online shopping would be a disaster

Online shopping tax exemptions penalize Canadian businessANDREWS, N.B. Aug. 24, 2016/ Troy Media/ – If Ottawa increased the duty exemption limit on foreign online purchases, overtaxed Canadians would benefit immensely. But relieving consumers in this way isn't wise. Retail products are typically less expensive south of the border, sometimes considerably so. Plus, taxes – like sales tax – are higher in Canada and goods shipped here…

Lack of bias an admission of intellectual poverty

The notion that anyone can be completely unbiased is a benevolent fiction

Lack of bias an admission of intellectual povertyHALIFAX, N.S. Aug. 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - A recent editorial in the Prince Edward Island Journal-Pioneer has resurrected the old boogeyman of bias at Canadian research institutes, including the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. The editorial was inspired by a New York Times article, which called into question the Brookings Institution, one of the…

New Brunswick HST increase outweighs spending cuts five to one

Raising taxes to pay for more spending isn't working; new jobs aren't being created and subsidies to add workers can't be sustained

New Brunswick HST increase outweighs spending cuts five to oneHALIFAX, N.S. Aug, 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ – New Brunswick Treasury Board Minister Roger Melanson has a tough job as the province's workhorse on tax and spending. But his policies don't create the economic growth the province needs. Melanson was finance minister until early June. His budgets increased taxes on personal and corporate income. More recently, the government hiked…

Atlantic Canada could lose Supreme Court seat

New selection process would upend constitutional convention and an important principle of federalism: regional voices matter

Atlantic Canada could lose Supreme Court seatHALIFAX, N.S. Aug. 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The federal government's new selection process for Supreme Court of Canada justices means that Atlantic Canada will lose its assured seat on the court. This decision violates a long-standing constitutional convention: to gain the consent of the members of Confederation, the provinces. It favours one form of diversity (bilingualism, for example) over others and…

Finding inspiration in Britain’s economic resourcefulness

Policy-makers in New Brunswick should emulate Britain's economic and budget policies; instead, they raise taxes and discourage growth

Finding inspiration in Britain’s economic resourcefulnessHALIFAX, N.S. July 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – During the recent Brexit referendum, the Leave campaign had an answer for what the United Kingdom's trade relationship might look like if voters elected to break away from the European Union: Canada. We're a nation of 36 million with trade liberalization deals with countries large and small, beginning with…

Democratic reform requires democratic consent

When it comes to options like proportional representation, e-voting and lowering the age of voters, we all deserve a voice

Democratic reform requires democratic consentHALIFAX, N.S. July 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Democratic reform is a hot topic these days. And democracy must be a critical part of the decision-making in any reform. Parliament has drawn up a committee to study changes to Canada's voting system. Here in the Maritimes, Prince Edward Island released a study in 2015 on “democratic…

Tax hike won’t solve New Brunswick’s spending problem

The government raised taxes simply to be able to spend more

Tax hike won’t solve New Brunswick’s spending problemHALIFAX, N.S. July 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - New Brunswick raised its Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on Canada Day to 15 per cent, joining slow-growth Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador with the highest HST rate in Canada. Taxpayers were told the two-point HST increase is needed to control the province’s deficit, which today stands…

Killing energy projects only hurts First Nations

Stringent environmental oversight already protects native rights to land and water, negating the need for veto rights

Killing energy projects only hurts First NationsHALIFAX, N.S. July 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The right of First Nations to question resource development is not the same as a right to veto much-needed projects. Ron Tremblay, Grand Chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council in New Brunswick, said he believes Canada’s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous…
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