Seniors migration costs B.C. $7.2 billion in health-care expenses

Migrating seniors are likely to have paid most of their lifetime taxes in one province while consuming most of their health care in another

Seniors migration costs B.C. $7.2 billion in health-care expensesBy Ashley Stedman and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute An imbalance in health-care funding caused by the migration of seniors is penalizing British Columbia’s taxpayers. Canada’s health-care system has lots of problems, including its comparatively high cost, long wait times and middling performance among universal health-care countries. One largely overlooked problem is how Canada’s financing…

Canada’s health-care system fails to account for senior migration

Migrating seniors pay most of their lifetime taxes in one province and then consume most of their health care in another

Canada’s health-care system fails to account for senior migrationBy Ashley Stedman and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute The recent meeting of G7 health ministers should provide a wake-up call for policy-makers about Canada’s ailing health-care system. Compared to many of our G7 counterparts, Canada’s system is fraught with problems, including comparatively high costs and long wait times. One largely overlooked problem is how…

Ontario electricity prices set to keep rising

The province pays extraordinary rates to solar, wind and biofuel generators. But the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine

Ontario electricity prices set to keep risingBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The Ontario government’s rigorous pursuit of renewables has increased electricity costs far more than necessary. The government recently released an update to its long-term energy plan, projecting that the cost of electricity for homes and businesses will keep rising over the next 20…

Red tape chasing investors away from Alberta’s energy industry

Alberta has become less attractive for investment while the U.S. is drawing more attention, thanks to Trump's policy changes

Red tape chasing investors away from Alberta’s energy industryBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute TransCanada Corp. recently pulled the plug on Energy East, its proposed 1.1-million-barrel-per-day oil pipeline between Alberta and New Brunswick, a month after the company said it would conduct a “careful review” of the cost impacts of changes in National Energy Board regulations. It…

Suzuki falsely accuses Canada of having poor air quality

The environmental activist's reflexive accusations reveal a poor understanding of the data

Suzuki falsely accuses Canada of having poor air qualityBy Kenneth Green Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute David Suzuki is misrepresenting Canada's environmental record again. In a recent opinion piece, the longtime broadcaster, scientist and environmental activist tells Canadians that their nation is a world laggard in environmental protection. “Canada ranks 25th among rich countries on children’s well-being, in part because…

B.C. budget abandons any hope for efficient carbon tax

Subsidizing green projects with revenue from carbon taxes may be politically popular but it’s fundamentally misguided policy

B.C. budget abandons any hope for efficient carbon taxBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute In its first budget, B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government recently said it would raise the carbon tax rate by 66 per cent over the next four years. And it rejected revenue neutrality, undermining the case for an economically efficient carbon tax. British Columbia’s…

Ontario’s high electricity costs could cripple families

If electricity prices keep rising at their current rate, the trade-offs that families have to make will become increasingly difficult to manage

Ontario’s high electricity costs could cripple familiesBy Taylor Jackson, Ashley Stedman, and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Ontarians are all too familiar with the rising cost of electricity. They see it on their hydro bills every month. But just how much have prices increased and how do those bills compare to other Canadian cities? We analyzed electricity prices across Canada since 2008…