Pipelines are safe and green despite Suzuki’s extremist rhetoric

Comment the mark of an extremist with little interest in human safety

Pipelines are safe and green despite Suzuki’s extremist rhetoricIn mid-November, prominent environmental activist David Suzuki made some remarks that any impartial observer would consider radical. This was during an event hosted by an organization that is not known for its measured responses: Extinction Rebellion. Suzuki’s message was clear: “there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to…

The new drug-price reform not what the doctor ordered

The well-being of patients is at risk

The new drug-price reform not what the doctor orderedBy Krystle Wittevrongel and Maria Lily Shaw Montreal Economic Institute A highly-contested drug-price reform is set to come into effect in Canada in January 2022. Critics of the major overhaul, including patient groups, doctors, and academics, are hopeful that the new federal cabinet will take their concerns to heart and rather than stifle pharmaceutical innovation,…

Expanding eligibility will do little to increase blood supply

The voluntary model isn't working: time to look at a better way

Expanding eligibility will do little to increase blood supplyRecently, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) made the news for allowing the donation of blood plasma from gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) in two cities. While broadening eligibility redresses an exclusionary policy, it does little to increase the supply of plasma available for Canadians who need it. Given that a…

Quebec needs to defang its repressive Bill 96

A sensible government would immediately recognize that it is playing with fire

Quebec needs to defang its repressive Bill 96On October 15, I penned an opinion piece on Bill 96. It remains clear to me that this bill needlessly sows confusion regarding the eligibility of hundreds of thousands of anglophone Quebecers to receive health care in English, and would also prove a major hindrance to Quebec companies seeking to tap into the vast potential…

On economics, Ford is the new Wynne

His transformation – at least on economic policy –  is finally complete

On economics, Ford is the new WynneThe transformation of Doug Ford into Kathleen Wynne – at least on economic policy –  is finally complete. Ford’s earlier promises to cut personal and corporate income taxes have gone unfulfilled. Ford said he would scrap corporate welfare, but even excluding pandemic-related relief, corporate welfare continues unabated, and no real effort was ever made to…

Let’s be smarter on carbon capture. We won’t get to net-zero without it

There is a real opportunity to reduce GHG emissions through decarbonization

Let’s be smarter on carbon capture. We won’t get to net-zero without itCOP26 in Glasgow is likely to call for even more ambitious GHG emission reduction targets than the ones that have been consistently missed by virtually all countries. Canada’s existing target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 is daunting enough as is. Strangely, much of the focus of carbon policy has been on reducing the amount…

Ban on hydrocarbons: Quebec is asleep at the well

Quebec turning itself into an object of international ridicule

Ban on hydrocarbons: Quebec is asleep at the wellJust as the world is suffering through a natural gas shortage and prices are soaring, Quebec is thumbing its nose at the chance to become a leader when it comes to locally produced energy. Against all economic and even environmental logic, the Quebec government recently decided to definitively ban fossil fuel exploration and development in…

Government spending putting the economy at risk

Our ratio of net debt to GDP is almost as high as it was in 1995 when Canada was really in a fiscal crisis

Government spending putting the economy at riskThe Liberals made some big spending promises during last month’s election campaign, amounting to $78 billion in new spending over the next five years. These promises come on top of the existing baseline, which was already no model of austerity. The federal budget was bloated before the pandemic, and even after excluding some necessary public…

Quebec’s Bill 96 will have many economic consequences

Quebec companies that do business abroad will have an incentive to base some of their more vital operations outside the province

Quebec’s Bill 96 will have many economic consequencesRepresenting barely two per cent of the North American population, Quebecers have always had good reason to feel sensitive when it comes to the vitality of French. Concerns about linguistic and cultural assimilation have led to several waves of government intervention aiming to protect the language of Molière. Bill 96 is only the latest manifestation…

Taxing savers is not the solution to Canada’s economic woes

Governments have to stop giving in to populist pressures

Taxing savers is not the solution to Canada’s economic woesNow that the federal election is over, several financial sector experts and economists are turning their attention to the Trudeau government’s promise to raise the corporate income tax rate for banks and insurance companies from 15 per cent to 18 per cent. But while attacking these financial giants can pay off politically, the fact is…
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