Morneau’s ‘Plan for Middle Class Progress’ is anything but

The Trudeau government's Plan for Middle Class Progress cuts the country’s income by $131 billion over the next five years

Morneau’s ‘Plan for Middle Class Progress’ is anything butBy Niels Veldhuis and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Last week, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau released his government’s Fall Economic Statement titled A Plan for Middle Class Progress. As noted in the release, “Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced new measures to ensure middle class progress, and build on the momentum of Budget 2016.” If…

On health-care reform, Trudeau should finish what Chretien started

If the government is serious about sparking innovation and change, it should finish the work of transfer reform begun by the Chretien Liberals

On health-care reform, Trudeau should finish what Chretien startedBy Ben Eisen Jason Clemens and Bacchus Barua The Fraser Institute In the 1990s, Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s Liberals reduced the amount of money it sent to the provinces to help fund provincial welfare programs but, in return, gave the provinces greater freedom to design and implement their own welfare programs. The success of these…

Misinformation fuels opposition to health-care reform in Canada

The reality is that for-profit provision of health-care services is commonplace among industrialized countries with universal health care

Misinformation fuels opposition to health-care reform in CanadaBy Bacchus Barua and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute For almost two decades, fear of a U.S.-style system has fuelled opposition to genuine reform of Canadian health care. Many of those same opposition voices are now protesting the constitutional challenge to Canada’s health regulations by the former head of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Brian…

Reality of education spending in Saskatchewan

Archaic regulations, union monopoly, lack of responsiveness to parents holding back the Saskatchewan public school system

Reality of education spending in SaskatchewanBy Deani Van Pelt and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute It’s that time of year again when parents across Saskatchewan are sending their kids off to school after the summer break. And when parents meet in the schoolyards and drop-zones for the first time in months, conversations may turn to “cuts” in education funding, the…

Alberta squanders its business-friendly reputation

Notley government doesn't realize the path back to prosperity will only be achieved through improving the province’s investment climate

Alberta squanders its business-friendly reputationBy Steve Lafleur and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute The decline of Alberta’s investment climate is grabbing headlines in both traditional and social media. While the policies responsible for this chill were announced months ago, the realities are starting to set in, with story after story of struggling businesses asking – indeed pleading – with…

Electoral reform fraught with unintended consequences

PR, for example, leads to more government spending and higher deficits, and disproportionately empowers voters from one-issue fringe parties

Electoral reform fraught with unintended consequencesBy Jason Clemens and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute The Trudeau government wants to reform Canada’s electoral system, with a committee now investigating options. But so far, few have acknowledged that changing the way we elect our political representatives could have profound consequences on real policy. Two of the five parties (NDP and Greens) on…

Not all income and wealth inequality is equal

Inequality that results from entrepreneurship and innovation – as opposed to cronyism and corruption - provides enormous benefits to citizens

Not all income and wealth inequality is equalBy Taylor Jackson and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Inequality has become an animating issue for much of the political class. The Canadian federal government, in its recent budget, devoted an entire section to inequality. Unfortunately, almost no analysis to-date has considered the manner in which income and wealth are earned as a crucial element…

Canadians shun moving to Quebec

Its inability to attract people is a sign of deep problems in the province

Canadians shun moving to QuebecBy Jason Clemens and Yanick Labrie The Fraser Institute Observing patterns in how Canadians chose to leave one province for another is a powerful way to gauge what’s working and what’s not. Uprooting one’s family, disposing of assets, searching for a new job, and leaving the confines of what is known in search of something…

Health reform lessons from the Land of the Living Skies

Saskatchewan has gone from having one of the longest wait times, on average, for medical treatment to one of the shortest

Health reform lessons from the Land of the Living SkiesBy Jason Clemens and Bacchus Barua The Fraser Institute It may have been forgotten that it was Saskatchewan and not Alberta that led the way to balanced budgets in the early 1990s. Saskatchewan is again showing its proclivity for innovation and leadership, this time in the area of health-care reform. Towards the end of the…

CPP benefits vary widely depending on when you were born

Study shows a marked generational gap in the benefits received

CPP benefits vary widely depending on when you were bornBy Jason Clemens and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute For working Canadians, contributions to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) are a regular bill on their paycheques. Those contributions, however, secure a future benefit when they retire. The value of that benefit varies greatly depending on when one was born. The Fraser Institute recently released a…