Canada’s middle class has never had it so good

Any Trudeau government middle-class wage growth policy must be based on the evidence

Canada’s middle class has never had it so goodDownload this essay on Canada's middle class and income inequality Terms and Conditions of use EDITOR’S NOTE: This first essay in a new series from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute will help Canadians better understand exactly what the circumstances of Canada’s middle class are and the exact extent to which it can be said to be “struggling.” By…

Japan our best bet as an Asian trading partner

It is rich, technologically advanced, democratic and abides by the rule of law

Japan our best bet as an Asian trading partnerDownload Japan our best bet as an Asian trading partner OTTAWA, CALGARY OUT OTTAWA, ON, Apr 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Geography, history, immigration and economic self-interest all suggest that Canada’s trade should be oriented toward the Asia-Pacific. Yet we need to choose our trading partners with care. It is a mistake is to be…

The West has a duty to oppose Russia’s thuggish behaviour

If we are not willing to make sacrifices to protect our most basic values, they are not basic at all

The West has a duty to oppose Russia’s thuggish behaviourOTTAWA, ON, Mar 29, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Russia's cynical, dishonest and thuggish seizing of Crimea in defiance of international rules and its own treaty commitments is the greatest test the West has faced since the fall of the Berlin Wall. As I read much of the commentary about the issue – the apologists for…

Jean Chretien’s Clarity Act not so clear after all

The act fails to inform Quebecers what Ottawa's negotiating mandate will be in the case of a yes vote

Jean Chretien’s Clarity Act not so clear after allOTTAWA, ON, Mar 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Actions have consequences. The Russian invasion of Crimea and their organizing of an unconstitutional referendum on its independence from Ukraine is an example whose consequences should be in every Canadian's mind should the Parti Québécois win the Quebec election on April 7. The West has fairly consistently…

The NDP and Liberals are not natural allies

Liberals have more in common with Tories than with New Democrats

The NDP and Liberals are not natural alliesJanuary 20, 2013 OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 20, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Anyone still fondly clinging to the hoary belief that Liberals and New Democrats are natural soul mates clearly isn't paying attention. The cross-border embrace between the Premiers of B.C. and Alberta - Alberta Tories are helping B.C. Liberals raise money and may even be…

Is the French intervention in Mali even legal?

Is the French intervention in Mali even legal?January 16, 2013 By Brian Lee Crowley Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Robert Murray University of Alberta OTTAWA, ON and EDMONTON, AB, Jan. 16, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Readers of the National Post might be forgiven for doing a double take at the news that the French, staunch opponents of American 'unilateralism and illegality' in Iraq, have…

Public sector should not have the right to strike

There was a reason why public sector workers were not entitled to strike before the 1970s

Public sector should not have the right to strikeJanuary 14, 2013 OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 14, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Rotating strikes by Ontario teachers is only the latest example of what a terrible mistake we made in the 1960s and 1970s when the decision was made by various governments to grant public sector workers the right to strike. Few today even remember that…