B.C. business tax ball now in Clark’s court

B.C. has one of the highest overall tax rates on new investment in Canada and the developed world

B.C. business tax ball now in Clark’s courtBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute If the B.C. government is serious about attracting more investment, it must reform the provincial sales tax. Earlier this year, the provincial government commissioned a group of experts to provide recommendations on how to make British Columbia’s business taxes more competitive and conducive to investment. Their…

British Columbians need action to curb high taxes, not more study

Continued inaction ultimately means fewer opportunities and less prosperity for British Columbians

British Columbians need action to curb high taxes, not more studyBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute They say the first step to finding a solution is to identify the problem. And B.C.’s tax system represents a real problem for the province. Without more competitive tax policies, B.C. risks losing entrepreneurs and investment that may gravitate elsewhere. Inaction ultimately means fewer opportunities and…

Tourism is B.C.’s great hope for 2016

Here's why tourism is going to be even bigger and more important in 2016

Tourism is B.C.’s great hope for 2016As our holiday greetings move away from Happy Holidays to Happy New Year, we start wondering about the prospects for employment and income that a growing economy brings. The prospects are not in what Jock Finlayson of the Business Council of British Columbia calls the industrial sector. That sector consists of B.C.’s traditional resource industries,…

BC economy may do a bit better in 2016 but . . .

don't expect any growth to come from these sectors

BC economy may do a bit better in 2016 but . . .As we get ready to change our calendars, we reflect on the year that has passed and peer into the misty future. Great is not a word that many would use to describe 2015. In British Columbia, the economy bumbled along, doing slightly better than Canada's as a whole, which was held up by housing…

LNG has the potential to create thousands of BC jobs

B.C. can’t live off just tech and tourism

LNG has the potential to create thousands of BC jobsThere used to be a joke that Vancouverites loved the forest industry until they found out it involved cutting down trees. It was an overstatement, of course, but it goes to a central issue I see on display in the debate about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). British Columbia was built, in large part, by thriving…
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