A new economic agenda for Ontario

What if the province was to fashion a budget that returned it to its historical position as the economic engine of the country?

A new economic agenda for OntarioBy Sean Speer and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Apr 29, 2014/ Troy Media/ - On May 1st Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa will stand in the provincial legislature to deliver this year’s budget speech. Rather than present a bold fiscal and economic plan to jumpstart Ontario’s lacklustre economy, Sousa seems poised to…

More taxes simply buys more government

Not a more civilized society

More taxes simply buys more governmentCALGARY, AB, Apr 28, 2014/ Troy Media/ - “Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf,” said the American humourist Will Rogers. Indeed, but let’s not stop there. In Canada, debates over taxes, government and civilization lead some journalists and others into the land of make-believe by setting up straw…

No retirement crisis in Canada

Plans to expand government pensions based on faulty assumptions

No retirement crisis in CanadaBy Philip Cross Author The Reality of Retirement in Canada OTTAWA, ON, Apr 24, 2014/ Troy Media/ - With talks to expand the Canada Pension Plan having stalled, the Ontario government has pledged to roll out its own provincial version. The impulse for a ‘big CPP’ hinges on the assumption that Canadians are too ignorant…

Right sizing the US government

The US should look to Canada to see the benefits of a smaller government

Right sizing the US governmentBy Sean Speer and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Apr 23, 2014/ Troy Media/ - For several years now, the political debate in the United States has centred on whether the federal government should hike taxes or cut spending to tackle the deficit and rein in government debt. At the root of political…

Alberta government unions’ fact-free pension assumptions

Government pension plans must begin to bear some resemblance to the private sector and real-world investment returns

Alberta government unions’ fact-free pension assumptionsCALGARY, AB, Apr 22, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Now that Alberta has reaffirmed its intent to lightly modify government employee pension plans, government unions will again try to divert the public from the facts. For example, after my recent column on the ever-increasing cost to taxpayers of public sector pension plans, Guy Smith, president of…

Robust referendum rights can curb profligate governments

Part 5 of a 5 part series excerpted from Tax Me I’m Canadian! A Taxpayer’s’ Guide to your Money and How Politicians Spend It

Robust referendum rights can curb profligate governmentsPart 4: Sorry Virginia, income taxes are constitutional By Mark Milke Author Tax Me I’m Canadian CALGARY, AB, Apr 21, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Canadians who ponder how to better balance tax-and-spend issues should consider a nation that no one considers anything but civilized. In Switzerland, citizens have possessed robust referendum rights for 150 years…

Sorry Virginia, income taxes are constitutional

Part 4 of a 5 part series excerpted from Tax Me I’m Canadian! A Taxpayer’s’ Guide to your Money and How Politicians Spend It

Sorry Virginia, income taxes are constitutionalPart 3: Occupy Wall Street’s lousy math By Mark Milke Author Tax Me I’m Canadian CALGARY, AB, Apr 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If I had a buck for every time someone e-mailed or called to insist that “the federal government cannot legally collect income tax,” I would have long ago retired to sip red…

Don’t weep over the end of the 2004 Canada health accord

It didn’t lead to any major changes in healthcare outcomes anyway

Don’t weep over the end of the 2004 Canada health accordVANCOUVER, BC, Apr 16, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The 2004 federal-provincial health accord recently completed its 10-year run, and expired on schedule. Though heralded at the time of its signing as a landmark agreement that would solve many of the wait times issues plaguing Canada’s healthcare system, in retrospect it achieved very little and was…

First Nations but second tier democracy

How can a government that stands up for electoral rights abroad stay silent about exclusionary laws at home?

First Nations but second tier democracyVANCOUVER, BC, Apr 15, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The concept of “democracy” is important to many Canadians. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has received awards identifying him as a “champion of democracy, freedom and human rights” and the government has frequently spoken out against democratic violations in other countries. Here at home, there has been a…

How Quebec can get its mojo back

Focus on prosperity, not politics

How Quebec can get its mojo backCALGARY, AB, Apr 14, 2014/ Troy Media/ - For decades, Quebec and its governments have been petulant and demanding. The tendency has been there since at least the first avowedly separatist Parti Quebecois government was elected in 1976. That habit continued regardless of the party in power, and of course, depending on the party, there…
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