No need to choose between lower taxes and health care

Failings of the health system are not due to chronic underfunding

No need to choose between lower taxes and health careIf Quebec voters have one concern during the current election campaign, and just about every election campaign for decades now, it’s the health-care system. Contrary to what many commentators have been claiming for years, the failings of the health system are not due to “chronic underfunding.” For this reason, the notion that lower taxes would…

‘Making the rich pay’ doesn’t pay

Ottawa does not fully understand the consequences of its policy

‘Making the rich pay’ doesn’t payBy Nathalie Elgrably-Levy and Valentin Petkantchin The federal government’s new luxury goods tax, which took effect on September 1, targets luxury cars, private jets and yachts. Without originality, it is part of the traditional logic of taxation which aims to “make the rich pay.” However, we often forget the economic, indirect and longer-term effects, which…

To fight inflation, we have to measure it better

The method StatsCan uses to measure inflation bears no relationship to the reality Canadians face

To fight inflation, we have to measure it betterBy Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy and Valentin Petkantchin For several months now, rising prices have dominated public consciousness and raised anxiety in most households. Not for decades has Statistics Canada’s monthly inflation rate indicator been awaited with such rapt attention. This indicator is much like a thermometer monitoring a patient’s fever while under observation. Related Stories Food…

Canada must begin to export green energy natural gas to Europe

Not to do so hurts us, our allies and the environment

Canada must begin to export green energy natural gas to EuropeGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz recently completed a trip to Canada to discuss, among other things, Europe importing Canadian natural gas. With the invasion of Ukraine, and the sanctions that followed, Germany, which imported 55 per cent of its natural gas from Russia in 2021, has had to reopen some coal plants and has started looking…

The high cost of climate “justice” through lawfare

At a time of soaring energy costs, we need this type of legal activism like we need a hole in the head

The high cost of climate “justice” through lawfareThe anti-energy left has weaponized consumer protection laws in the United States to punish oil and gas companies simply for carrying out their core business. If their lawfare succeeds, there will be serious repercussions for the energy security of North America and the West. According to a recent PBS story, at least 20 cities and…

Canada desperately needs school choice

Tying funding to parental choices generates strong incentives for schools to provide higher-quality customization

Canada desperately needs school choiceWhen Canadian schools suffer from poor track records and students fall behind, provincial governments always favour the same response: throw more money at the problem. New crises prompt political actors to request further rounds of new investments, reinvestments, refinancing, and improved financing — the slogans change, but the strategy is always to try to secure…

Hospital woes continue to mount – nothing new here

More money won’t solve the systemic, pervasive, and structural issues that plague Canadian health care

Hospital woes continue to mount – nothing new hereHospital staffing in Ontario is in crisis – as it is in Alberta, British Columbia, and the rest of Canada. Provinces are responding with what they perceive as solutions: Ontario is fast-tracking foreign-trained nurses, and Alberta has made the interprovincial movement of professionals easier. But while these moves will help reduce the red tape surrounding…

Albertans’ double burden: inflation plus bracket creep

The government must follow through on its promise to re-index the tax system to inflation

Albertans’ double burden: inflation plus bracket creepIt’s been three years since the Alberta government implemented a “temporary” pause to the indexation of non-refundable income tax credits and tax bracket thresholds – a policy that has resulted in nearly $647 million in additional taxes being paid by Albertans between 2020 and 2022, according to a recent report by the University of Calgary’s…

Softwood lumber dispute is bad for consumers and producers

The big losers from the tariff are, without a doubt, American consumers

Softwood lumber dispute is bad for consumers and producersBy Olivier Rancourt and Gabriel Giguere The Canadian softwood lumber dispute with the United States, which has been dragging on for some 40 years now, is long overdue for a resolution. Despite setbacks before WTO and NAFTA tribunals, accusations of subsidized production from American decision-makers and producers continue. The accusations have notably led to the…

Tear down these walls, premiers!

We need to get serious about freeing up interprovincial trade once and for all

Tear down these walls, premiers!July 1st marked five years since the coming into force of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), whose goal (its website tells us) is to “establish an open, efficient, and stable domestic market” in Canada. Has there been any progress in the half-decade since then in reducing and eliminating barriers to interprovincial free trade? According…
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