Carbon tax major blow to Alberta’s investment climate

A carbon tax latest nail in the coffin for the Alberta Advantage

Carbon tax major blow to Alberta’s investment climateBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Recent policy changes have buried the Alberta Advantage. The latest nail in the coffin comes from the provincial government’s new climate change strategy. For many years, Alberta's strong investment climate helped set the foundation for robust economic performance. A competitive, well-designed tax regime anchored an assortment…

Proposed changes to Canada’s labour laws favour unions over workers

Proposed policies changes strengthen the power of unions

Proposed changes to Canada’s labour laws favour unions over workersBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Canada’s new federal government campaigned on policies aimed at making labour laws fairer and more balanced, and the prime minister recently confirmed this commitment in his public mandate letter to the minister charged with the labour portfolio. But the proposed labour policies will strengthen the power of unions…

Ontario needs to speed up its deficit reduction

The government’s recent record on fiscal issues casts doubt on whether it will meet this target

Ontario needs to speed up its deficit reductionBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute The Ontario government has pledged to eliminate its budget deficit by 2017/18. However, the government’s recent record on fiscal issues casts doubt on whether it will meet this target. To balance the books and begin getting its fiscal house in order, the government must develop a…

Trudeau should rethink the finance minister’s mandate

The prime minister has to seriously rethink some of the priorities

Trudeau should rethink the finance minister’s mandateBy Charles Lammam and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute In an attempt to increase transparency, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made “mandate letters” to his ministers publicly available. These letters are intended to clarify the focus of each minister’s portfolio. When it comes to the mandate delineated for the minister of finance, the prime minister…

Canada’s deteriorating federal fiscal position

Budget deficits are once again becoming routine in Ottawa

Canada’s deteriorating federal fiscal positionBy Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Newly-minted federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently released his first Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections, which is intended to give Canadians a heads up on the state of the economy and federal finances. Unfortunately, the outlook isn’t positive, as the government now projects budget deficits…

Another warning sign for the Ontario economy

The province may not be able to meet its balanced budget target

Another warning sign for the Ontario economyBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute The Ontario government has dug itself deep into debt and continues to spend more than the revenue it brings in each year. While it has pledged to eliminate the deficit by 2017/18, a new report from the government’s own Financial Accountability Office (FAO) casts further doubt…

Raising taxes not a guarantee of higher revenues

Governments often fail to account for the behavioural effects spurred by its personal income tax rate hikes

Raising taxes not a guarantee of higher revenuesBy Steve Lafleur and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute The Alberta government recently abandoned the province’s single 10 per cent tax rate on personal income in favour of a five-bracket system with a top rate of 15 per cent – a move that will reduce Alberta’s competitiveness and cause undue harm on an already struggling…

Don’t blame oil prices for Alberta deficit

Alberta’s fiscal woes are the result of uncontrolled spending over the past decade

Don’t blame oil prices for Alberta deficitBy Steve Lafleur and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Alberta’s budget, to be unveiled on Oct. 27, will contain the province’s seventh deficit in the last eight years, most recently projected at $5.9 billion. A popular narrative blames declining oil prices for the government’s deteriorating financial situation. However, as a recent Fraser Institute study found,…

Worker choice laws make union leaders more accountable to their members

They also lead to a stronger labour market and economy

Worker choice laws make union leaders more accountable to their membersBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute It's time to seriously reflect on ways to improve our country’s labour relations laws, which govern the interaction between workers, unions, and employers. Currently, workers in Canada’s private sector can be required to join a union and pay full union dues as a condition of employment.…

Extend secret ballot voting to all Canadian workers when forming a union

Workers more likely to reject unionization when there’s no automatic certification and when decisions are made through secret ballot voting

Extend secret ballot voting to all Canadian workers when forming a unionBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Pilots at WestJet recently voted to reject union representation, sparking renewed interest in labour relations laws in Canada. The vote means WestJet pilots will remain non-union, in contrast to their counterparts at Air Canada where, in 2012, the airline became mired in labour disputes that ultimately…