Economic growth should be a key election topic

Prolonged slow economic growth begets social and political turmoil, as the expectations of many for a better standard of living are frustrated

Economic growth should be a key election topicIn this federal election campaign, the parties have proposed numerous taxpayer-funded programs to address various ostensible social problems. But no major party has made economic growth a significant focus of its election campaign. The social problem areas cited include unaffordable education from preschool to post-secondary, a tax system that’s insufficiently progressive and provides too many…

Federal parties’ tax plans range from bad to naive

Higher taxes discourage business investment, business startups, entrepreneurialism and investment in education

Federal parties’ tax plans range from bad to naiveBy Jake Fuss and Tegan Hill The Fraser Institute Before Canadians go to the polls on Oct. 21, they should understand each party’s tax plan, which unfortunately range from bad to worse to downright naive. Let’s start with the NDP and Green Party, which have similar plans. Both propose a new “wealth tax” and would…

The election issues the politicians avoided

Lost in the click bait of this election campaign were the substantive issues that affect ordinary and everyday Canadians

The election issues the politicians avoidedThe 43rd Canadian federal election has been, by any stretch of the imagination, a very strange campaign. First there was the Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal. Then there was Andrew Scheer’s dual citizenship/resume exaggeration controversy. Finally, there was an exchange caught on video decrying Jagmeet Singh wearing a turban. Lost in the click bait were the…

Raise your voice by casting your vote

How could I not be grateful that I have the freedom to question the practices of my government through direct contact with politicians and through the press?

Raise your voice by casting your voteI always get very excited at election time. This is the moment when we can freely choose who will represent us, the moment when we play a vital role in the direction of our government. As I read statistics on voter turnout, however, I’m confused as to why others don’t share my enthusiasm. Perhaps I…

Next federal government should target corporate income taxes

Liberal and Tory proposed tax cuts insufficient to improve Canada’s diminishing tax competitiveness

Next federal government should target corporate income taxesBy Tegan Hill and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute With less than a week before Canadians go to the polls, there has been little focus on Canada’s tax competitiveness, which is unfortunate given the major real-life impact of tax policy on Canadians. Yes, both the Conservative and Liberal party have pledged to cut personal income…

Which unprincipled party will you be voting for?

Even overlooking the personal smears, record fudging, or repressing the truth, the parties are filled with contradictions of the things they stand for

Which unprincipled party will you be voting for?If there were any idealism left regarding the virtues of Canadian politics, the current federal election campaign is almost certain to have smashed it. Good governance and the common good were not the winners in last week’s English language debate. Thursday's French language debate was a slight improvement, but a one-off exception hardly undoes the…

Millennials like me will be on the hook for election promises

Big promises by big governments cost a lot. Just like interest payments go up on an unpaid credit card, interest payments on our national debt are also going up

Millennials like me will be on the hook for election promisesAs a 22 year old, I’ve not been very actively politically – until now. The federal election has definitely made me more engaged. Once I join the workforce, over time, I’ll likely be investing over half of my income not into a home or family needs, but into governments through taxes. That realization has motivated…

Finding common ground on pipeline expansion

No issue in Canada has been framed as more black and white than pipeline development

Finding common ground on pipeline expansionIt’s often said that you can have it all, but not all at once. The key to finding work/life balance is to measure success not by the day or week, but over the longer term. So it is with our choices for Canada. We are often told that we have to choose between being socially…