Evidence suggests bigger government isn’t better

There is an optimal size for the government sector when it comes to the effect on economic growth

Evidence suggests bigger government isn’t betterTHUNDER BAY, ON, Jan 21, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Government is the single most pervasive institution of modern life and its programs are important to our quality of life. While government spending around the world has grown, more and larger government is not always associated with better outcomes. New evidence to this effect is contained…

Ontario’s “have not” status sets up a divided Canada

6 of 10 provinces now receive equalization payments

Ontario’s “have not” status sets up a divided CanadaCALGARY, AB, Jan 20, 2014/ Troy Media/ - As anyone who has ever watched puppies tussle over a bone knows, nothing leads to acrimony quicker than competition for an object everyone wants. Keep that image in mind, but replace puppies with provincial governments, six of whom are now beneficiaries of the federal transfer program called…

Guess how much the 1% pay in income tax

203,010 Canadians paid 20% of all federal and provincial incomes taxes in 2011

Guess how much the 1% pay in income taxCALGARY, AB, Jan 14, 2014/ Troy Media/ - About five years ago I became acquainted with a retired fellow by the name of Jim Tocher. Then in his eighties, Bolden B.C.-born Tocher was a classic Canadian success story. After university in Vancouver, Tocher worked for several energy firms in the 1950s and 1960s before going…

New Brunswick derailment highlights rail vs pipeline tradeoffs

Environmentalists engaging in anti-pipeline crusades risk causing more harm than good

New Brunswick derailment highlights rail vs pipeline tradeoffsCALGARY, AB, Jan 10, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Yet another train derailment involving petroleum products has re-invigorated the debate over how we transport oil in Canada. In this case, 17 cars on a train near Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, derailed; nine of which carried dangerous goods including crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas. According to…

Will governments back off their taxing trend in 2014?

No matter how much overburdened families would hope so, don’t count on it

Will governments back off their taxing trend in 2014?By Sean Speer and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jan 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ - A new year can bring new possibilities. It’s a chance to take stock of what we’ve accomplished in the past year and to set new goals for the future. It’s also, however, when Canadian governments typically enact new…

Why Canadian travel costs so much

Open competition would lead to lower taxi and air fares

Why Canadian travel costs so muchCALGARY, AB, Jan 6, 2014/ Troy Media/ - For those returning home after the holidays, here’s a question you might have pondered: Why does it cost so much to travel? Answer: government policy. Consider two examples, starting first with taxi fares. Across Canada, cities limit the number of taxi licences available. This, we are told,…

Interest payments on debt imperil spending on social programs

A painful reminder there are no free lunches

Interest payments on debt imperil spending on social programsBy Sean Speer Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jan 3, 2014/ Troy Media/ - With the holiday season now behind us, the oncoming flood of credit statements to Canadian households is a powerful reminder that there are no free lunches. Borrowing to pay for current consumption brings interest payments, and…

What Ontario can learn from Greece

What Ontario can learn from GreeceFebruary 3, 2013 THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 3, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Greece, experiencing a massive fiscal crisis rooted in rampant debt which is resulting in cuts to public spending and services and a decline in quality of life, is an intriguing fiscal example for Ontario, given it has a population approximately the same size.…

Fixing Ontario’s fiscal mismanagement

Fixing Ontario’s fiscal mismanagementJanuary 30, 2013 By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jan. 30, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Having won the Ontario Liberal Party's leadership, Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne has a golden opportunity to chart a new course and undo Dalton McGuinty's legacy of fiscal mismanagement. As Ms. Wynne contemplates priorities for her leadership…

The big pay advantage in big government

The big pay advantage in big governmentJanuary 29, 2013 CALGARY, AB, Jan. 29, 2013/ Troy Media/ - When Alberta Premier Alison Redford took to the television screen the other night, she paid much attention to the revenue side of the government's books. On Alberta's massive budget deficit, the premier blamed the below-world price that Alberta-based companies receive for oil. Nothing was…