The ‘Just Transition’ deadly for the West

The ‘Just Transition’ deadly for the WestTrudeau using Alberta as a whipping post to rile his woke base before an election Imagine being told that, despite your happiness in your current home, you need to move into a new type of house, full of untried, unsustainable technology. That’s the Just Transition. Whatever you call it, the federal government’s plan to hollow…

Private facilities bring much needed competition to health care system

Private facilities bring much needed competition to health care systemThe competition will pressure governments to improve the public system Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s proposal to use private health centres to alleviate long wait lists has faced opposition from many quarters. It may seem counterintuitive, but Ford’s plan will actually ease the shortages of doctors and nurses. It was B.C.’s NDP government of the early…

Saskatchewan has a history of failing to balance its budget

Saskatchewan has a history of failing to balance its budgetBetter decisions by the government could have led to a cut in PST One point of PST revenue – that’s how much the interest on the provincial debt costs you. In 2023, the provincial government is expected to finally balance its budget. This is great news; it comes along with inflation relief cheques and up…

Canada’s health-care system is a disaster

Canada’s health-care system is a disasterForeign-trained health professionals could help alleviate the strain Canada’s medical system is fast becoming a disaster area and a tragedy. There are not nearly enough family doctors to provide primary health care. Walk-in clinics were supposed to backfill this need, but many now do not take walk-ins as their registered patient load is already beyond…

Fossil fuels once again the preferred source of reliable, affordable energy

Fossil fuels once again the preferred source of reliable, affordable energyThe invisible hand of Adam Smith punched the world in the nose It seems like just the other day that the wrath of the world was coming down on oil sands and coal. To protect the atmosphere, Canada has been reducing coal-fired power generation for years. It started in Ontario, then moved to Alberta. Saskatchewan…

Indigenous land acknowledgements have outlived their usefulness

Indigenous land acknowledgements have outlived their usefulnessReconciliation should not be the stuff of soothing platitudes Is it time to rethink indigenous land acknowledgements that often open energy-sector conference sessions? Are we ready to question their utility and effectiveness in advancing the interests of Canada’s indigenous peoples? Are they moving the reconciliation needle – or have they become little more than meaningless,…

Let’s not kill small business in the name of ESG

Let’s not kill small business in the name of ESGThe last thing they need is another regulatory slap in the face To say small businesses in Canada have had a rough few years would be an understatement. Nearly one in five are currently at risk of closure. If regulators tack on extra costs from ESG (environmental, social, and governance) reporting criteria, it may be…

Port of Churchill finally opening for business?

Port of Churchill finally opening for business?The opportunity costs of not exporting natural gas and oil remain enormous Manitoba premier Heather Stefanson finally voiced support for more energy exports out of Hudson Bay. That is excellent news because the potential is real and the reasons to refuse are illusory. “We are looking at liquefied natural gas, primarily,” Stefanson told reporters recently.…

How to ensure Saskatchewan’s long-term prosperity

Saskatchewan can’t depend on its current good fortune for its future prosperity

How to ensure Saskatchewan’s long-term prosperitySaskatchewan is the beneficiary of elevated pricing and improved long-term prospects for nearly all of the many commodities it produces: grain, oilseeds, oil, gas, potash, uranium, gold, copper and forestry products. While this is very good news for its citizens and government, Saskatchewan can’t necessarily depend on such good fortune for its future prosperity. Neither…

Why cutting Alberta’s gas tax doesn’t offer real relief

Focus on sustainable solutions rather than on short-term ones with strings-attached

Why cutting Alberta’s gas tax doesn’t offer real reliefThe Alberta government stopped collecting its fuel tax at the beginning of April in an effort to provide “real relief” to Albertans impacted by rising fuel and inflationary costs. The tax cut saves motorists up to 13 cents per litre on gasoline and diesel but reduces the provincial revenues by approximately $1.3 billion (nearly three per…