Unions fail to measure up in a time of economic crisis

By reducing business profits, unionization ultimately makes workers worse off, diminishing employment and wages

Unions fail to measure up in a time of economic crisisA recent story in The Monitor – a magazine published by the left-wing, union-friendly think-tank Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – provides an important lesson in basic economics. The headline triumphantly proclaims: “Gig workers win the right to unionize.” The end result was unfortunate for the workers, however. An editor’s note at the top of…

Ontario should cut government jobs to end cycle of debt

The Ontario government must take decisive action to get the budget under control when the COVID-19 crisis has passed

Ontario should cut government jobs to end cycle of debtOntario is the most indebted sub-sovereign borrower in the world. Interim financial results for the 2019-20 fiscal year show that the Ontario government ran a $9.2-billion deficit. According to estimates from economists, the deficit is likely to more than triple, largely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic lockdown, to around $29.3 billion…

Canadians get too little value for their taxes

Whether on corporate income, labour, international trade or anything else, taxes in Canada impose a huge economic cost

Canadians get too little value for their taxesAs Canadians prepare their tax returns, it’s fair to ask if we get good value for all the taxes we pay. We have a little extra time to ponder this, since the federal government has given Canadians another month to file tax returns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to June. 1. So do…

Thank capitalism for your basic supplies in time of crisis

COVID-19 has meant some shortages at grocery stores. But overall, the supply chains developed over decades fill our needs

Thank capitalism for your basic supplies in time of crisisEven as COVID-19 has put much of the economy into shutdown and caused a run at grocery stores on some staples, most of us remain generally well-supplied with food. That’s something to be thankful for. It’s one of the significant wonders of the modern economic system that most people, very few of whom are directly…

Billionaires, Beethoven and the Beatles enrich us all

The best way to enrich society is to encourage billionaires to produce even more. We should never tax creativity of any kind out of existence

Billionaires, Beethoven and the Beatles enrich us allAccording to many, confiscatory taxes should be levied against the wealthiest members of society until billionaires are taxed out of existence. Just ask devotees of U.S. Democratic Party luminaries Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, their ideological counterparts in left-wing circles in Canada, and even 62 per cent of the audience at a recent TVO debate…

Increasing immigration increases prosperity

A more open immigration policy is one of the easiest ways a government can increase economic freedom, improve growth and cut poverty

Increasing immigration increases prosperityOne of the big policy issues for the federal government this year, as well as in the Conservative leadership race, is immigration. It’s an area worthy of attention. By a margin of 63 to seven per cent, according to a recent Leger poll, Conservative voters want their new leader to decrease rather than increase immigration…

CPP doesn’t need to be overhauled, it needs to be killed

When it comes to how and how much workers should save for retirement, the federal government doesn’t know better than Canadians themselves

CPP doesn’t need to be overhauled, it needs to be killedAs the calendar flipped to 2020, the federal government again made the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) tax more expensive, even though CPP doesn’t help the economy or workers. The combined employee and employer contribution rate has risen from 10.2 per cent in 2019 to 10.5 per cent this year, while the maximum taxable amount (but…

Alberta has much to teach Ontario on budgeting

The Alberta government has not only set out a better direction on program spending, it also has a better plan on taxes

Alberta has much to teach Ontario on budgetingAlberta Premier Jason Kenney’s government delivered its first budget in October following the United Conservative Party’s victory over the NDP earlier this year. That budget sets a course Ontario should follow. Kenny’s mandate from voters was similar to that of Ontario Premier Doug Ford: to reverse course on the previous administration’s overspending, deficits and tax…

Corporate welfare doesn’t create jobs

Corporate welfare causes an economic loss, exacerbated by the fact that it encourages businesses to devote resources seeking government funds

Corporate welfare doesn’t create jobsCorporate welfare handouts are a policy staple of politicians of all stripes – and they’re all wasting public money. Liberals who mistakenly think government spending is the driver of economic growth love handing out free cash to claim they’re “creating jobs.” Conservatives say they’re against corporate welfare – but only sometimes, and only if it’s…

CPP contribution hikes penalize workers, dampen the economy

When the government makes employment more expensive, the sure result is fewer jobs

CPP contribution hikes penalize workers, dampen the economyThe federal government began 2019 by taking a bigger bite out of workers’ paycheques: the combined employer and employee Canada Pension Plan payroll tax rose from 9.9 per cent of earnings to 10.2 per cent. It’s the first of five annual payroll tax hikes. By the time the CPP tax hike is fully phased in, a…