Canada’s deteriorating federal fiscal position

Budget deficits are once again becoming routine in Ottawa

Canada’s deteriorating federal fiscal positionBy Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Newly-minted federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently released his first Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections, which is intended to give Canadians a heads up on the state of the economy and federal finances. Unfortunately, the outlook isn’t positive, as the government now projects budget deficits…

There’s no such thing as “free health care” in Canada

Find out how much you are really paying

There’s no such thing as “free health care” in CanadaBy Bacchus Barua and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute The notion of “free health care” seems to have gained cult-like status in Canada. This is perplexing given that provincial/territorial government spending on health care (including federal transfers) accounted for 7.1 per cent ($141 billion) of the Canadian economy in 2014. And yet, time and again,…

Growing number of firefighters fighting fewer fires

The number of reported fires in Ontario fell by 41% while the number of firefighters increased by 36%

Growing number of firefighters fighting fewer firesBy Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute In an era where municipalities across Canada face budgetary pressures while claiming a lack of revenue, all spending choices warrant close examination. When it comes to fire services, a key municipal responsibility, there’s no doubt firefighters play an important role in protecting our communities. But as…

Ontario budget an exercise in wishful thinking

The government continues to delay making the tough decisions

Ontario budget an exercise in wishful thinkingBy Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Ontario’s 2015 budget, like those of years past, needed a concrete plan to get government finances on a sound footing. Yet again, the budget failed to deliver. Instead, the government continues to delay the tough decisions while doing nothing to enact policies that improve the economic…
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