Calls to end independent schools in Alberta wrong-headed

Private schools and charter schools actually reduce the strain on Alberta budget

Calls to end independent schools in Alberta wrong-headedBy Deani Van Pelt and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute While parents in Alberta have more choice for their children’s education than Canadians in most other provinces, that level of choice may soon be reduced by the current government in Edmonton. In response, Ric McIver, Progressive Conservative Party Leader, recently tabled a private member’s motion…

Trudeau should learn from Chretien and Martin

The Chretien Liberals showed that smaller, smarter government, competitive taxes, and less debt is the foundation for a prosperous economy

Trudeau should learn from Chretien and MartinBy Niels Veldhuis and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his first budget next week, one that reportedly contains a deficit in excess of $30 billion, his government may want to consider the lessons learned by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and then-finance minister Paul Martin. Back in the early…

Deficits in good times lead to trouble in bad times

Trudeau government has rejected the successful policies of the Chretien government in exchange for deficit-financed spending and higher taxes

Deficits in good times lead to trouble in bad timesBy Jason Clemens Niels Veldhuis and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute While the Liberals campaigned on a marked increase in federal spending financed by deficits, Canadians view this approach more negatively than they did during the election campaign, according to a recent Angus Reid poll. Canadians are indeed wise to be skeptical. Running deficits during…

Canada needs to recommit to prosperity-producing policies

The Chretien Consensus served Canadians well for more than a decade and can again

Canada needs to recommit to prosperity-producing policiesBy Jason Clemens Niels Veldhuis and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Canada’s sweeping rejection of the Chretien consensus amounts to a puzzling and hopefully temporary repudiation of prosperity and the policies that produced it. A generation ago, Canada enjoyed a renaissance. The revival was rooted in sound fiscal policy (balanced budgets, focused spending and tax…

Finance minister former chair of CD Howe Institute

The research and ideas Morneau was exposed to during his time at the CD Howe Institute should help shape government policy

Finance minister former chair of CD Howe InstituteBy Ben Eisen and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute In the coming months, finance minister Bill Morneau, the former chair of the C.D. Howe Institute, will be tasked with one of the government’s most important responsibilities: crafting and delivering its first budget. We hope the research and ideas Morneau was exposed to during his time…

Justin Trudeau can learn from Chretien’s economic success

Let's hope the new government quickly realizes there is a difference between campaigning and governing

Justin Trudeau can learn from Chretien’s economic successBY Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute All Canadians, regardless of political allegiance or philosophical disposition, should want the federal government to succeed – particularly since the Liberal focus is on promoting stronger economic growth. And to ensure strong economic growth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should heed the lessons of successful governance learned by Jean…

Trudeau shouldn’t follow Obama’s economic path

Canadians should hope the clear parallels between Obama and Trudeau don't translate into economic performance

Trudeau shouldn’t follow Obama’s economic pathBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Canadians should hope the clear parallels between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau don't translate into economic performance. The parallels between the two-term president and Canada's new Liberal prime minister range from superficial (campaign slogans) to substantive (focus on redistribution, increased government spending and…

The reality of education spending in Canada

The belief that the challenges facing public schools arise from a lack of resources is not supported by the evidence

The reality of education spending in CanadaBy Deani Neven Van Pelt and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute As parents settle back into school year routines, it’s inevitable that questions regarding education spending and the performance of our schools will return to the forefront. This is particularly true in provinces like Ontario and Alberta that are struggling with precarious public finances. And…

Trump missed the mark on Canada’s healthcare

Canada's healthcare system a model to be avoided

Trump missed the mark on Canada’s healthcareBy Jason Clemens and Bacchus Barua The Fraser Institute As is often the case in U.S. politics, Canada’s healthcare system was raised during the recent Republican debate as a functioning alternative to the U.S. model. But when front-runner Donald Trump described Canada’s healthcare system as working just fine, he was out of step with the…

Why measurement matters in income inequality

Oversimplifying this issue to arrive at predetermined results risks making the situation worse

Why measurement matters in income inequalityBy Jason Clemens and Chris Sarlo The Fraser Institute Canada, like most industrial countries has its fair share of economists and politicians arguing that Canada has an inequality crisis requiring large-scale, even unprecedented government intervention to solve. More often than not the issue of inequality and how we measure it is grossly over-simplified. The reality…