Trudeau government’s hidden tax increases flaunt democracy

The government wants to increase taxes on booze based on the Consumer Price Index, while denying the same right to revenue it provides to Canadians

Trudeau government’s hidden tax increases flaunt democracyCanadians can be smug. Our country is safe, secure, beautiful, clean and free. And we have an open, democratic government whose job it is to improve our lives. Or do we? A close look at the 2017 federal budget suggests otherwise. It’s cruel and unusual to ask ordinary citizens to go through the hundreds of…

An open government doesn’t close doors to information

The case of Vice-Admiral Norman shouldn't be about disclosing cabinet secrets, it should be about loyalty, ethical behaviour and adhering to codes of conduct

In addressing the issues raised by the situation involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, some commentators, and the federal cabinet, are confusing the requirements of loyalty and ethical behaviour that apply to federal public officials with the much more limited duty to keep cabinet secrets. Based on the evidence made public, Norman's communication with an executive from the…

New data pans First Nations custom-made election rules

May lead to discrimination and abuse of power, with disputes frequently ending up in federal court

New data pans First Nations custom-made election rulesVANCOUVER, B.C. Apr. 2, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Last month during band elections on the O’Chiese First Nation in central Alberta, incumbent Chief Darren Whitford won his seventh straight term after a new electoral rule, which required candidates to be fluent in one of the local indigenous languages, disqualified all challengers. Unfortunately, Indigenous and Northern…

Federal budget is short on innovation or social value

It assumes government is the agent of change and social stability for the middle class – the same philosophy that’s wrongly guided most spending for decades

Federal budget is short on innovation or social valueOTTAWA, Ont. Mar. 26, 2017 /Troy Media/ – It seems what’s old is new again in Budget 2017, presented to the House of Commons last week. The big federal budget deficits of the 1970s and ’80s? They seem to have taken up permanent residency again in Canada. Federal finances will be in the red for the…

We shall overcome: the power of positive action

People are people, we all want to live in peace, harmony and prosperity, and we can't be held back by walls

We shall overcome: the power of positive actionPRINCE GEORGE, B.C., March 2, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The German version of the popular 1980s song 99 Red Balloons, by Berlin-based band Nena, included the lyrics “99 Kriegsminister, Streichholz und Benzinkanister.” Translation: 99 war ministers, matches and petrol cans. While the lines lose some poetry when translated into English, they sum up the sentiment and the reality of the era.…

The alternative vote not a great option for Canadians or democracy

Does little to address the guiding principles of the electoral reform committee and could result in less-competitive elections

The alternative vote not a great option for Canadians or democracyBy Lydia Miljan and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Nov. 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Despite recent musings by the prime minister that electoral reform – a Liberal campaign promise – may no longer be a priority, the parliamentary Special Committee on Electoral Reform will deliver a report by Dec. 1 on how…

Rule of law under attack in B.C.

By imposing a tax on already signed agreements, B.C. is demonstrating a worrisome indifference to the rule of law

Rule of law under attack in B.C.By Kenneth Green Josef Filipowicz and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute Mike de Jong, B.C.’s finance minister, recently and unexpectedly announced an additional property transfer tax of 15 per cent on foreign nationals purchasing residential property in Metro Vancouver. Whatever the merits of this policy, many have overlooked a troubling element of its implementation –…