“Inevitable” recession will seriously derail federal finances

The government must apply the brakes on spending in the spring budget and focus on deficit reduction

“Inevitable” recession will seriously derail federal financesBy Jake Fuss, Milagros Palacios and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Fiscal prudence – the ability of the government to balance its budget and manage the finances of the country responsibly – is an increasing concern for Canadians. According to a recent Nanos poll, a majority of Canadians favour balancing the federal budget more than…

Undoing the damage to the Canadian economy

It will require a major shift in policy at both the federal level and in many provinces

Undoing the damage to the Canadian economyBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Anecdotes of Canadian firms leaving or diverting investments outside the country have continued unabated from 2018. The federal and many provincial governments seem reluctant to acknowledge this serious flight of capital. Reversing this trend, which is a major impediment to Canadian prosperity and well-being, will require…

Alberta should look abroad, and next door, for health care solutions

Spending continues to rise but Albertans have diminished access to care and face above-average wait times

Alberta should look abroad, and next door, for health care solutionsBy Bacchus Barua and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Albertans, like all Canadians, spend comparatively high amounts on health care but only receive modest performance from the system compared to other universal care countries. Thankfully, there’s much the province can (and should) do to improve its health-care system. According to the Canadian Institute for Health…

CPP takes bigger bite from Canadians

But much of the justification for expanding the pension plan is debatable or downright wrong

CPP takes bigger bite from CanadiansBy Jason Clemens, Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Canadians likely noticed that their first paycheque of 2019 was slightly smaller than in 2018, even if they got a raise. The decline in after-tax income is because the first of several tax increases to finance an expanded Canada Pension Plan (CPP) took effect…

Federal spending dangerously near record Canadian levels

Increasing the size and role of government almost always comes with larger deficits, mounting debt and/or tax increases

By Jake Fuss, Milagros Palacios and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Fiscal prudence is a key aspect of any prime minister’s legacy. The choice to increase the size and role of government almost always comes with larger deficits, mounting debt and/or tax increases. Unfortunately, the federal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ignored these…

The practical limitations and realities of government

Recognizing those limitations and realities will result in a more effective, focused government that uses taxpayer resources more wisely

The practical limitations and realities of governmentBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute There’s a gap, some might say a chasm, between what advocates for new and expanded government programs imagine government can achieve versus the day-to-day reality of government. Recent Canadian history provides no shortage of examples of ambitious, imaginative initiatives for government. The current federal government, for…

Health-care reform in Canada is coming one way or another

The system's weak performance, rising costs, shifting demographics and a court challenge will all drive change

Health-care reform in Canada is coming one way or anotherBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute There is perhaps no service the government is involved with more personal than health care. When a person or loved one is sick and in need of care, Canada’s failing health system becomes an immediate concern. There’s a general consensus among analysts that Canada is a…

Don’t blame Alberta teachers for declining math grades

When a province mandates a single curriculum, it eliminates diversity and experimentation that can lead to better methods

Don’t blame Alberta teachers for declining math gradesBy Jason Clemens and Angela MacLeod The Fraser Institute The recent release of the latest Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) has Albertans again concerned about declining math scores. It would be wrong and misplaced, however, to blame teachers without understanding the role of the education bureaucracy. In reality, teachers are mandated to teach curriculum imposed by…

Canada’s economic competitiveness has slipped dramatically

We’ve lost our tax advantage over the U.S. and our regulatory processes have become far too onerous

Canada’s economic competitiveness has slipped dramaticallyBy Jake Fuss, Milagros Palacios and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute In the classic Aesop's Fable, a slow-moving tortoise challenges a self-assured hare to a race. Immediately, the hare jumps out in front and becomes overconfident. He naps halfway through the race and wakes up to find his competitor passing him. When it comes to…

Trudeau government spending out of control

The federal government's fiscal plan is a dismal failure. Prime Minister Trudeau must repair it before next year’s election

Trudeau government spending out of controlBy Jason Clemens, Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute The next federal election is less than a year away. A lingering issue for the government, in particular Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, is their ability to soundly manage the country’s finances. While much of the attention has rightly…