Canada’s air quality is among the best in the world

Understanding how the location of emitters influences air quality is particularly important for a vast country such as Canada

Canada’s air quality is among the best in the worldBy Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Canadians can breathe easy – our air quality is among the world’s best. According to a recent Fraser Institute study, Canada ranks ninth out of the 33 richest and cleanest countries on the planet for overall air quality. Despite misinformed claims by activists, and previous reports from other…

The high cost of pipeline obstructionism in Canada

Our lack of capacity to cheaply transport crude is costing us billions. Policy-makers need to recognize the urgent need for pipelines

By Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute In recent months, Canadian crude oil prices have dropped relative to other international benchmark prices, costing the economy billions in foregone revenues. The recent increase in the Western Canada Select (WCS) price discount compared to West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is largely due to…

Open for business? Not B.C.

B.C. government sending all the wrong signals to investors, which could lead to a rude economic awakening

Open for business? Not B.C.By Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Consumer spending and a hot real estate market have helped buoy British Columbia’s economy in recent years. But they’ve also helped mask deep-rooted economic problems, including B.C.’s dismal level of business investment. Unfortunately, an onslaught of recent policies from Premier John Horgan’s government has weakened…

Manitoba mining industry buried by policies, taxes

Mining investors dramatically downgrade Manitoba in annual survey. Only the provincial government can fix this

Manitoba mining industry buried by policies, taxesBy Kenneth Green and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Manitoba is no longer a top-ranked jurisdiction for mining investment because of government policy uncertainty, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual survey of mining companies. Every year, the Fraser Institute surveys mining companies around the world to determine which jurisdictions are attractive – or unattractive –…

Pipelines are crucial to national prosperity

The battle between Alberta and B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has broad implications for all Canadians

By Steve Lafleur and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The governments of Alberta and British Columbia are waging an intense trade dispute over the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would run between Edmonton and Burnaby. But the implications extend far beyond those two provinces. The details of the feud have been well-documented. After B.C.’s…

Digging into mining investment growth

Mining investors will flock to jurisdictions that have attractive policies, and capital will follow, along with the ancillary benefits of jobs and tax revenue

Digging into mining investment growthBy Kenneth Green and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Ontario has received some good news from mining investors. Those investors now see the province as one of the top 10 most attractive regions for mining investment worldwide, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual survey of mining companies. Every year, the institute surveys miners around the…

Alberta’s carbon policies damage province’s competitiveness

The province already lags behind many American states in key policy areas, including regulatory compliance and taxation

Alberta’s carbon policies damage province’s competitivenessBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The Alberta government recently announced new regulations aimed at providing emission-cutting incentives for industry. But it’s getting harder to attract capital to Alberta’s oil and gas industry due to regulatory and taxation concerns. The new Carbon Competitiveness Incentives will begin in January and apply…

Investor confidence in Alberta’s oil and gas industry needs a boost

Continued pipeline construction obstruction and regulatory uncertainty are leaving investors skittish about Alberta’s oil and gas industry

Investor confidence in Alberta’s oil and gas industry needs a boostBy Kenneth P. Green and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Continued pipeline construction obstruction and regulatory uncertainty mean investors see a gloomy outlook for Alberta’s oil and gas industry compared to some U.S states. The province also continues to languish near the bottom of Canadian jurisdictions in investment attractiveness in the oil and gas sector.…

Investor confidence plummets for B.C. energy sector

Tanker moratoriums, LNG plant cancellations, fracking reviews, government pipeline obstructionism are all taking their toll

Investor confidence plummets for B.C. energy sectorBy Kenneth P. Green and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Investor confidence in British Columbia’s energy sector is crucial, since the province is rich with vast natural gas resources. But according to this year’s Fraser Institute Global Petroleum Survey, B.C. ranks dead last among Canadian provinces in investment attractiveness in the oil and gas sector.…

Keystone XL approval errs on side of safety

One spill is too many but pipelines are much safer than rail for transporting oil

Keystone XL approval errs on side of safetyBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute State regulators in Nebraska recently approved the Keystone XL pipeline, ending nine years of regulatory and political limbo across multiple jurisdictions. TransCanada Corp. can now build its pipeline. That’s welcome news for all Canadians, especially those concerned about oil transportation safety. More Canadian…