Atlantic provinces should join western free-trade deal

An east-west trade confederation would harmonize a variety of standards, saving time and money and removing roadblocks to economic growth

Atlantic provinces should join western free-trade dealThe recent court decision acquitting Gérard Comeau portends well for free trade in Canada. According to the judge, the law that Comeau was accused of breaking – transporting liquor into New Brunswick – violates the constitutionality of free trade between the provinces, going back to 1867. Unfortunately, it is not only restrictions on the trading…

There is no silver bullet to economic prosperity

No single project or government program will miraculously rescue Atlantic Canada from its depressed economy

There is no silver bullet to economic prosperityBudget season prompts us to reflect on basic economic questions. A good life rule is: don’t put all your eggs in one basket. In public finances, balance is a sign of good management when the objective is a stronger economy and job creation. The same economic wisdom also teaches there are no silver bullets. This…

New Brunswick sinking further into debt

New Brunswick needs a long-term strategy for growth and a reform of its spending model if it is to reverse course

New Brunswick sinking further into debtThe recent New Brunswick budget shows that a series of tax increases and modest spending measures to tackle the province's dire fiscal situation will not mean less provincial debt. Rather, debt will continue to grow under the fiscal plan unveiled last week. To reverse course the province needs to adopt a strategy to grow its…

Atlantic Canada facing an economic crisis

The level of support from other regions of the country has created a dangerous sense of entitlement

Atlantic Canada facing an economic crisisBy David McKinnon and Marco Navarro-Genie Contributors A time of economic reckoning is at hand for Atlantic Canada. Deficits are growing and threaten to become solvency crises. Regional out-migration has slowed down but continues. Remittances from Western Canada are almost certain to fall rapidly. It is time to consider how to rescue Atlantic Canada from the disastrous…

Healthcare reform needs citizens’ voice

Even those who are health literate are stymied because information about the potential benefits and harms of care is difficult to find

Healthcare reform needs citizens’ voiceCanadians want better healthcare, but participation in health system reform is difficult. Ordinary citizens and governments are left in the dark because there is a shortage of useful information about health system performance. Citizens are unable to get timely information about waiting times for care, the results of care, or the rate of preventable mistakes…

Market-based pricing for bandwidth best reflects consumption

Pricing based on usage also contributes to conservation and fosters innovation

Market-based pricing for bandwidth best reflects consumptionNova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil recently chastised a local company about the pricing of bandwidth in a rural part of the province, claiming the company should not charge for services based on usage. Notwithstanding the peculiarities involved, the situation presents an excellent opportunity to discuss the nature and goal of prices in an economy, and…
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