New Brunswick out to prove Einstein was right

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result

New Brunswick out to prove Einstein was rightNew Brunswick is in a tough economic position. Taxes are heavy, unemployment is high and people are leaving to find opportunity elsewhere. Unfortunately, the province has embraced policies – a mix of deficit spending, subsidies for hand-picked businesses as well as high taxes on families and businesses – which it says will fuel growth and…

At least Atlantic Canada leads in something

Unfortunately, it's sales taxes

At least Atlantic Canada leads in somethingThree Atlantic provinces now share the country's highest sales tax rate. It is hardly a noteworthy distinction. On July 1, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador raised the tax two percentage points to 15 per cent, joining Nova Scotia, which increased its harmonized sales tax (HST) in 2010. Prince Edward Island joins the club in…

Clearing the misconceptions about independent schools

Independent schools students are more actively involved in the community than their public schools counterparts

Clearing the misconceptions about independent schoolsDear Mr. Quinn, I was one of the kids who benefited from the annual $358-million “subsidy” for "private" schools you mentioned in your recent Globe and Mail column "Vancouver public schools face closure, yet we fund private school education". I come from Surrey, not West Vancouver or downtown for that matter. My parents, small business…

Canadians shun moving to Quebec

Its inability to attract people is a sign of deep problems in the province

Canadians shun moving to QuebecBy Jason Clemens and Yanick Labrie The Fraser Institute Observing patterns in how Canadians chose to leave one province for another is a powerful way to gauge what’s working and what’s not. Uprooting one’s family, disposing of assets, searching for a new job, and leaving the confines of what is known in search of something…

Band-Aids won’t work long for Ontario’s crumbling schools

$1.2 billion in new funding towards badly needed repairs doesn't come close to the $15 billion Ontario schools need

Band-Aids won’t work long for Ontario’s crumbling schoolsFor some time now, kids and teachers in classrooms across Ontario have been struggling with less-than-acceptable accommodations, ranging from asbestos to structural repair. Besides the obvious risk this puts our kids in, it's reckless to put this priority on a backburner. It deserves government’s immediate action. The Wynne government’s budgetary deficit struggles are well documented.…

Federal carbon tax a cash grab that could damage the economy

Carbon taxes largely function as energy taxes to generate a new source of revenues for cash-hungry governments

Federal carbon tax a cash grab that could damage the economyAccording to a report in the Globe and Mail, Finance Canada is quietly promoting the idea of a federal carbon tax, or at least, a minimum carbon price, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as Canada has pledged to do in last December’s Paris Agreement. The problem is, Canada’s track record at implanting economically…

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan a recipe for failure

Huge cost to Ontarians, with very little benefit to the environment

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan a recipe for failureBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute Over the past decade, Ontario’s economy has underperformed compared to the rest of Canada. Misguided policy choices, including tax increases and significant debt growth due to unsustainable spending increases, have contributed significantly to the province’s underperformance. The latest policy blow to Ontario’s economy comes from…

China’s ‘one-percenters’ have changed Vancouver forever

Millennials would like to buy a house and raise a family in Vancouver. It's not going to happen

China’s ‘one-percenters’ have changed Vancouver foreverMuch has been said about Vancouver’s rollicking real estate market over the past few months, and at the root of the commentary is very little fact. No agency of the municipal, provincial or federal government seems to know how much mainland Chinese cash is flooding into Richmond and the Point Grey, Kerrisdale, and Dunbar west…

Ontario’s education file lacks accountability

The education department needs more than a fresh new face; it needs a full review that includes a new way of delivering on public education

Ontario’s education file lacks accountabilityAs is often the case with tired governments low in popularity and mired in scandal, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne shuffled her cabinet this week. The ministry with one of the biggest expenses – Education, at $22 billion – is also the most troubled. Under former Education Minister Liz Sandals, school closures, extraordinary payouts to unions,…

Tax burden for the average Alberta family set to grow

Albertans currently work 137 days of the year to fund government before pocketing a single dollar for themselves

Tax burden for the average Alberta family set to growBy Steve Lafleur Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Alberta is typically thought of as a low-tax jurisdiction in Canada. That’s largely true. However, Alberta’s tax advantage will likely shrink in the future with a recent onslaught of tax increases – some already implemented, some soon to come. But even today, the tax…