Uncertainty discouraging mining investment in Canada

Spending on exploration – the lifeblood of the industry – dropped for the fourth consecutive year and is at its lowest point since 2005

Uncertainty discouraging mining investment in CanadaBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute In recent years, depressed commodity prices have plagued Canada’s mining industry. One recent report showed that spending on exploration – the lifeblood of the industry – dropped for the fourth consecutive year and is at its lowest point since 2005. Amid conditions like these, when…

Reality bites carbon pricing scheme in Canada and beyond

If three key assumptions are not met, carbon pricing will always yield lower benefits than advocates suggest

Reality bites carbon pricing scheme in Canada and beyondBy Jason Clemens and Kenneth Green The Fraser Institute There’s a general, indeed a strong consensus, within the economic community that a properly designed carbon tax can both reduce emissions and improve the economy. We broadly agree with this academic analysis. The problem is that carbon taxes in the real world have to be implemented…

Ontario government’s plan: let Toronto traffic get worse

By burying the latest modest road-pricing scheme, Queen’s Park virtually guarantees worsening traffic congestion in the GTA for the foreseeable future

Ontario government’s plan: let Toronto traffic get worseBy Steve Lafleur and Kenneth Green The Fraser Institute Much of the conversation about the Wynne government’s decision to block Toronto City Council’s plan to toll the Don Valley Parking Lot – sorry, Parkway – and the Gardiner Expressway, has focused on the lost revenue for city hall. But a far more important point is…

Pipeline protests should not overpower good governance

Protesters should understand that good governance requires decisions be made for the good of all Canadians, not just one interest group

Pipeline protests should not overpower good governanceIn November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave Canada, and particularly Alberta, not one, but two oil pipeline project approvals – the Trans Mountain expansion and the Line 3 replacement project. The challenge now will be to see things through. Some groups are threatening heavy resistance to the projects, including actions on the ground akin to…

Toronto needs road tolls to tame gridlock

Congestion costs the area's economy billions of dollars a year, reducing people’s job options, delaying deliveries and increasing emissions

Toronto needs road tolls to tame gridlockBy Steve Lafleur and Ken Green The Fraser Institute Road tolls are essential to ease the gridlock that threatens to strangle Toronto’s economy. Toronto Mayor John Tory wants to introduce road tolls on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway, and city council has endorsed the move. The provincial government must now approve the tolls…

Alberta in long, slow slide to attract investment

Alberta’s continuing decline in the eyes of investors should be cause for concern

Alberta in long, slow slide to attract investmentBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval last week of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline to B.C.’s coast and Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement to the United States came as welcome news for Alberta’s oil patch. The oil-and-gas industry has been reeling from job losses and depressed commodity…

Pipeline approvals a victory for the safe transport of oil

Studies show that pipelines are the safest mode of oil transportation in terms of risk to humans and the environment

Pipeline approvals a victory for the safe transport of oilBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute Expanding pipeline capacity is critical to helping unlock the full value of Canada’s resources – and protecting Canadians and the environment. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government recently approved both the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to B.C.’s coast and Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement. The eventual construction…

Ontario must address housing affordability

Best practices from homebuilder-friendly neighbours can teach municipalities how to allow the supply of new housing to meet demand

Ontario must address housing affordabilityKenneth P. Green Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that the province will not introduce a property transfer tax on foreign buyers, similar to that introduced in British Columbia. The premier and her government should be commended for avoiding an impulsive reaction to high housing prices. It’s…

Red tape in Calgary-Edmonton Corridor stifling housing supply

Encouraging a healthy supply of new homes where they are most needed will help ensure future generations can continue to prosper in Alberta

Red tape in Calgary-Edmonton Corridor stifling housing supplyBy Kenneth P. Green Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute Through good times and bad, the cost of housing in Alberta’s biggest cities remains a concern. Consider this. Despite the economic slowdown, compared to 15 years ago average house prices are up almost 140 per cent in Calgary and more than 160 per…

Heating or eating a harsh reality for some Ontarians

The province’s “green dreams” have resulted in serious consequences for Ontarians and their families

Heating or eating a harsh reality for some OntariansBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute The Ontario Government has suspended its latest round of renewable energy plans – a move that will save consumers money. While this may be a step in the right direction, the government’s “green dreams” have already done a lot of damage in the province. A…