Notley government policies reducing Albertans living standards

Recently implemented policies will negatively impact living standards and economic opportunities

Notley government policies reducing Albertans living standardsBy Niels Veldhuis Ben Eisen and Fred McMahon The Fraser Institute Until recently, Alberta was the most economically free jurisdiction in North America. High levels of economic freedom fostered prosperity and growth, helping make Alberta one of the most affluent jurisdictions on the continent. However, the Alberta government recently implemented a series of policy changes…

Economic freedom and Canada’s public policy schizophrenia

The Trudeau and Notley governments appear intent on repeating B.C.'s mistakes from the 1990s and Ontario's today

Economic freedom and Canada’s public policy schizophreniaIn international rankings of economic freedom, Canada has soared past the United States, so it should be no surprise that among sub-national jurisdictions in North America (which encompasses 10 Canadian provinces, 50 U.S. states and 32 Mexican states) three Canadian provinces – Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan – ranked at the top using 2013 data,…

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s ‘hero’, holds anti-free market views

Known to be both dictatorial and inflexible

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s ‘hero’, holds anti-free market viewsThe Myanmar miracle marches on, but don’t stop holding your breath. Great hazards are emerging ahead. Still, the most recent shockingly good news is that former military dictator Than Shwe has declared the woman he kept under house arrest during his 20 years in power, Aung San Suu Kyi, “the future leader of the country.”…

China’s credit rating system measures citizens’ behaviour

Your “credit” score declines if you criticize the government online

China’s credit rating system measures citizens’ behaviourOrwellian may be the most misused adjective in the language. Just about anything qualifies, from security cameras to law-and-order legislation to the bonus scheme for the Pan Am Games (really, see Letters to the Editor, Toronto Star). But nothing has come close to George Orwell’s dystopian technologically-based totalitarianism – until now. The Communist Party of…

The world was safer in the Soviet era

Today, principled conversation is impossible, and that’s dangerous

The world was safer in the Soviet eraRecent threats on the world stage cause me to wonder whether perhaps we should be mourning the passing of the Soviet era. With the eruption of ISIS in the Middle East and the ongoing autocracies in Russia and China, pause for a moment and think back to the last century and compare the challenges then…

Greek government helping the rich, not ordinary Greeks

The left-wing Syriza party is protecting a haven for the privileged

Greek government helping the rich, not ordinary GreeksGreek fire terrified ancient mariners. Blazing liquid shot from a hose, dosing enemy vessels with flaming material that continued to burn after landing on ships, water and sailors. Fast forward to today. It’s just a matter of time before the Eurozone is yet again bombarded by Greek fiscal fire. Every few days or weeks, Greece…