13 billion reasons to support the South Korean free trade agreement

Canadians paid over that in tariffs on non-NAFTA automobiles and other items in the related categories

13 billion reasons to support the South Korean free trade agreementCALGARY, AB, Mar 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If Canadians need a reason to support the just-announced free trade agreement with South Korea, here are a few hundred million: every year, Canadians pay hundreds of millions of dollars in hidden taxes on imported automobiles and auto-related products. At least some of those hidden taxes are…

Time to rewrite the script for Canada’s cultural policies

Arguments for continued government support of entertainment industries no longer credible

Time to rewrite the script for Canada’s cultural policiesBELLINGHAM, WA, Mar 14, 2014/ Troy Media/ - While the CRTC’s recent reprimand of three Toronto-based X-rated channels for failing to meet the required 35 per cent threshold for Canadian content became fodder for internet humor, Canadian content regulations are no laughing matter for cultural nationalists. Indeed, one of the oldest shibboleths of Canadian public…

Alberta’s budget represents a failure to learn from the past

The picture is far less rosy than the finance minister claims

Alberta’s budget represents a failure to learn from the pastVANCOUVER, BC, Mar 12, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If you listen to Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner, the province's public finances are under control. The government's budget imposes no new taxes, spending growth has been moderated, and Alberta is running an operational budget surplus after successive years of budgetary deficits. But there is reason to…

Independent schools ensure BC parents have a choice

British Columbia offers one of the more unique and successful models of education in Canada

Independent schools ensure BC parents have a choiceBy Jason Clemens Milagros Palacios and Mark Milke The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, and CALGARY, AB, Mar 5, 2014/ Troy Media/ - As students and teachers get ready to enjoy spring break and a reprieve from school, it’s timely to take stock of the state of education in British Columbia. There is no question that…

BC’s business tax regime needs a competitive jump start

Here’s how to do it

BC’s business tax regime needs a competitive jump startBy Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Mar 3, 2014/ Troy Media/ - One item sorely missing from Finance Minister Mike de Jong’s recent provincial budget was a plan to make B.C.’s business taxes more competitive and attractive for investment. When the province shifted back to a provincial sales tax (PST)…

Alberta again kicking its unfunded pension liabilities down the road

Government acting in its own short-term electoral interest rather than in the long-term interest of the public

Alberta again kicking its unfunded pension liabilities down the roadCALGARY, AB, Mar 3, 2014/ Troy Media/ - One theory about politics is that because politicians must get votes to stay in power – that’s their “currency” – they are unlikely to act against their own self-interest. So politicians cater to the specific voters who put them in power in the first place. Last year,…

Politics trumps evidence in Ontario’s decision to hike minimum wage

Ontario’s youth and most vulnerable workers will pay the price for Premier Wynne’s decision

Politics trumps evidence in Ontario’s decision to hike minimum wageBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jan 31, 2014/ Troy Media/ - After several months of labour activists putting pressure on the Ontario government to increase the provincial minimum wage, Premier Kathleen Wynne finally succumbed and announced that she will increase it to $11 per hour from the current $10.25…

Bombardier and Canada’s corporate welfare trap

The Quebec company provides a useful example of business subsidies in action

Bombardier and Canada’s corporate welfare trapCALGARY, AB, Jan 30, 2014/ Troy Media/ - In the land of government plenty – that vast landscape populated with the tax dollars of Canadians – there is no shortage of politicians willing to hand out and defend subsidies to business and no dearth of corporations willing to take the cash. Bombardier Inc., which recently…

Not your grandmother’s civil disobedience

Protests against the Northern Gateway pipeline are the reflex action of absolutists out to destroy opportunities for others

Not your grandmother’s civil disobedienceBy Mark Milke and Ken Green The Fraser Institute CALGARY, AB, Jan 27, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Activists in British Columbia have responded to the National Energy Board’s approval of the Northern Gateway oil pipeline with threats of illegal activism reminiscent of the 1990s. Greenpeace spokesman Mike Hudema, for example, said his group will “do…

Living wage laws don’t help the most vulnerable

72 per cent of workers benefitting from such a law were not poor

Living wage laws don’t help the most vulnerableBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jan 23, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The minimum wage debate raging in the United States has spilled into Canada sparking renewed interest in government-mandated wage floors. Labour activists are out in full force pushing governments to legislate higher pay for low-wage workers and one…