Federal government approach to finances anything but ‘prudent’

Leaving huge bills for future generations to pay

Federal government approach to finances anything but ‘prudent’By Jason Clemens and Jake Fuss The Fraser Institute Since coming to power in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his finance ministers have characterized their management of federal finances as “prudent,” an adjective meaning to act with or show care and thought for the future. Acting prudently would mean being judicious about borrowing and debt.…

Trudeau government dodges democratic accountability

Federal government’s ongoing refusal to deliver a full budget another example of it avoiding accountability

Trudeau government dodges democratic accountabilityBy Jason Clemens and Jake Fuss The Fraser Institute According to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, on Monday the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will provide an update on its 2020 spending. But the government hasn’t delivered a full federal budget since March 2019, more than 20 months ago. That demonstrates little regard for democratic…

Canada moving towards U.S.-style ‘spend now, pay later’ government

Canadians love receiving government largesse, as long as someone else is paying for it, even if it is their kids

Canada moving towards U.S.-style ‘spend now, pay later’ governmentBy Jason Clemens and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Pulitzer Prize-winning author George Will has repeatedly argued that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there is enormous consensus in Washington, D.C. – borrow today to finance spending and tax cuts but leave the costs (i.e. taxes) to the next generation. There are increasing signs that Canadians are…

Focus on economic growth and millennials will be okay

Focus on economic growth and millennials will be okayBy Niels Veldhuis and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Much ink has been spilled on the narrative that millennials and other future generations of Canadians may experience lower living standards than preceding generations. A recent study on wealth inequality, however, challenges this narrative. In reality, from 2010 to 2019, millennials have enjoyed greater increases in…

Feds should learn from Ontario’s green energy failure

But Ontario’s experience is being ignored and could lead to billions more spent and higher energy costs for Canadians

Feds should learn from Ontario’s green energy failureBy Elmira Aliakbari and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Gerry Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is at the heart of a new group, the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery, which recently released a series of recommendations for massive investment in green projects. The recommendations seems to be influencing the prime…

Federal COVID-19 assistance lacks targeting

Canada needs to ensure effective use of resources. That means making certain that relief funds go to those genuinely in need

Federal COVID-19 assistance lacks targetingBy Jason Clemens and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute There was a time when the policy debate in Canada focused on how generous government assistance should be for those in ‘need,’ mainly low-income Canadians. That resulted in targeted programs such as welfare for the working-age population, Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement for…

Ontario budget update misses mark in face of COVID-19

The plan is based on unrealistic assumptions that pose real risks to Ontario finances and includes spending likely to be ineffective

Ontario budget update misses mark in face of COVID-19By Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute With all the announcements last week by the federal government, and the drama surrounding the passage of the federal spending bill, the Ontario fiscal update went largely unnoticed. But since Ontario is Canada’s largest province – in population and the size of its economy – so…

Federal finances perilous but Morneau oblivious

Canada’s economy is weakening with storm clouds on the horizon while federal finances are woefully unprepared for a recession

Federal finances perilous but Morneau obliviousBy Jason Clemens, Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute It’s hard to recall a time when Canada’s finances were so perilously close to rapidly deteriorating with seemingly little or no interest in Ottawa. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been making the rounds since releasing the fall economic update last month, reassuring Canadians…

Federal government tax cuts miss the mark

We need smart tax cuts that improve incentives for workers, entrepreneurs and investors, along with a balanced budget

Federal government tax cuts miss the markBy Jason Clemens, Jake Fuss and Tegan Hill The Fraser Institute Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently confirmed the federal government’s intention to reduce personal income taxes for everyone except “higher-income earners.” With total taxes (federal, provincial and local) consuming 44.7 per cent of the average family’s income in 2019, it’s easy to see why Canadians…

Keep federal government from messing with education

Canada's kindergarten-to-Grade 12 system flourishes because it's controlled by the provinces, which often show great innovation and creativity

Keep federal government from messing with educationBy Jason Clemens and Tegan Hill The Fraser Institute One of Canada’s great political strengths is that we’re a federalist country, meaning we have constituent provinces with significant powers that are distinguishable from the national government. This separation of powers, at least theoretically, allows the country to split the responsibility for different programs between the…
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