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…

Albertans are not as rich as they think

Albertans are not as rich as they thinkJanuary 26, 2013 OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 26, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Alberta is arguably the most blessed jurisdiction in North America. Despite the continued- bumpy global economic environment, prospects are better in Alberta than in every other state and province in North America, with the Conference Board of Canada forecasting average growth of 3.0 per…

Why it pays to be a government worker in BC

Why it pays to be a government worker in BCJanuary 25, 2013 By Jason Clemens and Amela Karabegovic The Fraser Insitute VANCOUVER, B.C., Jan. 25, 2013/ Troy Media/ - More than three years after the end of the recession British Columbia's provincial government continues to struggle with deficits. As of the last quarterly update it will likely exceed $1.5 billion. Relying on revenues to…

Why it pays to be a government worker in Alberta

Why it pays to be a government worker in AlbertaJanuary 23, 2013 By Jason Clemens and Amela Karabegovic The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jan. 23, 2013/ Troy Media/ - More than three years after the end of the recession and Alberta's provincial government continues to struggle with deficits which, as of the last quarterly update, could reach $3 billion. Relying on revenues to rebound…