Alberta’s unemployed oilfield experts can broaden our international reach

Can't afford to lose its intellectual edge if it hopes to transition effectively from one energy generation to the next

Alberta’s unemployed oilfield experts can broaden our international reachHere's a new revenue idea for the Alberta government that combines one of the province's core strengths with one of its key aspirations – and one of its biggest problems. The strength: the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). The aspiration: to continue to globally build Alberta's brand as an energy leader and sustainable energy centre of excellence. The problem: thousands…

It’s official – Ontario’s coal phase-out was all for nothing

Phasing out coal had almost no effect on Ontario’s air pollution levels – and the government knew this was likely to be the case

It’s official – Ontario’s coal phase-out was all for nothingThe federal Liberal government plans to impose a national coal phase-out is based on the same faulty arguments used in Ontario, namely that such a move will yield significant environmental benefits and reduce health-care costs. Those arguments never made sense, and now with the Ontario phase-out complete, we can verify not only that they were…

The not-so-hidden message in Hidden Figures

Hopefully the movie Hidden Figures will inspire British Columbians to improve their technical skills, leading to a happy ending

The not-so-hidden message in Hidden FiguresTechnological advances challenge economies, eliminating jobs and creating significant social problems for those displaced workers. How can we turn these negatives into positives? The first step is easy: watch the recently-released movie Hidden Figures. It has no sex, no violence, no special effects and no chase scenes. But it's entertaining and informative. It's the story of “coloured…

Carbon tax exacerbates harm from other tax hikes in Alberta

The gradual increase in Alberta’s carbon tax in coming years will exacerbate the economic damage being done to the province

Carbon tax exacerbates harm from other tax hikes in AlbertaBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Over the past two years, Albertans have been hit with a wide range of tax hikes and fee increases including substantial increases to personal and corporate income taxes. On January 1 of this year, Albertans faced yet another tax increase, as the province’s new carbon tax…

Ontario: look west for solutions on independent school funding

The province should end its outdated barriers to education choice for students and parents

Ontario: look west for solutions on independent school fundingAs we enter a new year and consider the opportunity 2017 holds, it’s a good time to reflect on the lingering disadvantage felt by Ontario parents who choose independent schools. Recent independent school growth provides clear evidence – Ontario parents want more options for the education of their children. And yet, setting aside Atlantic Canada,…

B.C. needs to scrutinize its employee wages and benefits

It’s unfair that government workers receive a premium paid for by private-sector workers who receive less for similar positions

B.C. needs to scrutinize its employee wages and benefitsBy Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute With many governments across Canada mired in red ink, B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong’s plan to balance the budget this year is a laudable goal. But there are significant risks on the horizon in British Columbia – a major slowdown in the housing sector, a…

How Alberta can make the most of a changing world

We can use Alberta's carbon levy to rebuild our carbon-based economy, tasking an idle workforce to create investment-worthy technology

How Alberta can make the most of a changing worldCapital intensely dislikes political risk. It will do almost anything to avoid it. As we march into the new economic era that dawned in Alberta on Jan. 1 – the day our carbon levy started – it's worth pondering how it will shape internal and external views of Alberta as a place to park dollars…

Notley’s tax hikes compounded a bad year for Alberta

Aside from the approval of two crucial pipeline projects, Alberta didn't have much to celebrate in 2016

Notley’s tax hikes compounded a bad year for AlbertaAlberta Premier Rachel Notley recently claimed that 2016 was a good year for her government. For Albertans, however, it was another very difficult year. Aside from the approval of two crucial pipeline projects, Albertans haven’t had much to celebrate. The economy is no longer in free fall, but with the unemployment rate at nine per…

B.C.’s interest-free loans could hurt new homebuyers

Stoking demand for housing without a significant increase in housing stock will likely do more harm than good

B.C.’s interest-free loans could hurt new homebuyersBy Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute Due to Vancouver’s sky-high housing prices, many residents worry they might never be able to climb the property ladder. Indeed, a recent survey found that housing issues ranked as British Columbians’ greatest concern heading into next year’s election. So it should come as no surprise that the…

One in six Ontarians left behind in health-care reforms

Urban poor and new immigrants are less likely to be part of a family health group – and less likely to get high-quality care

Primary care is the front door to our health system. Whether you’re going for a checkup or have just been diagnosed with cancer, your family doctor makes sure you get the tests, treatment and care you need. But not all family practices in Ontario are created equal. Over the last decade and a half in…