Australian coalition government offers bland status quo

The victory reprieves rather than reverses the march of big spending government with accumulating environmental regulations

Australian coalition government offers bland status quoThe conservative Liberal-National Coalition went to the Australian election on May 18 as a minority government. All opinion polls saw the Labor Party gaining a majority in the 151-seat lower house. But the coalition was returned with a firm majority under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was recently installed after bitter leadership battles. The Labor…

Why Should Canada Increase Trade with Australia?

Why Should Canada Increase Trade with Australia?Relations between Canada and Australia have always been steady, and both countries have remained in their respective positions on the global stage, with their economies doing well and key areas of trade being capitalized upon. However, given the tumultuousness of the rest of the world – from uneasy trade wars sparking with the US and…

Ford’s Ontario has nothing to learn from Australia’s climate plan

The smarter alternative would be to just bite the bullet and abandon the pretence of abiding by the flawed Paris agreement

Ford’s Ontario has nothing to learn from Australia’s climate planThe yellow vests demonstrations across the Atlantic against climate change-driven fuel taxes offer Ontario Premier Doug Ford yet another reason to congratulate himself on repealing Ontario’s carbon tax. Less reassuring, however, is the speculation that he intends to introduce a measure similar to the Australian Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). A sop to the leftists within the…

Canada needs fair but robust immigration policies

We must insist that immigrants don’t become a burden on the public purse, while finding a way to process them all expeditiously

Canada needs fair but robust immigration policiesEurope is tearing itself apart over immigration. There are just too many applicants for too few spots. Many of the people seeking to come to Europe are from war torn countries like Syria, or from failed states in Africa like Somalia and Libya. Some are genuine asylum seekers, who would be in great danger if…

Canada can eliminate supply management by following Australia’s lead

The opening of the dairy market was done systematically over eight years to allow time for farmers to transition

Canada can eliminate supply management by following Australia’s leadBy Jon Berry, Alan Oxley and Dan LeRoy The Fraser Institute As trade tensions between Canada and the United States over North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations continue, and U.S. President Donald Trump places Canada’s protection of various sectors of its agricultural industry front and centre, Canadian policy-makers would be well advised to learn lessons…

Casting about for new Canadian trade partners

The CANZUK proposal wouldn't replace the United States as the key player in our economy, but at least it would give us more options

Casting about for new Canadian trade partnersCANZUK International was formed to promote a European Union-like agreement for the free movement of citizens, free trade and foreign policy co-ordination between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom. The organization was created in November 2014, first as The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organization, by James Skinner, its executive director. According to Skinner: “The…

A new kind of common market beckons Canada

There’s never been a better time to have a free-trade, investment and work-permit regime between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore

A new kind of common market beckons CanadaAs international trade deals devolve – or disintegrate – new opportunities should present themselves. Britain is leaving the European Union. Canada may be forced to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if President Donald Trump’s conditions for Canada’s membership become too painful. Several other nations are in unsatisfactory trade and investment treaties, and…

The renewable energy movement ignores real world problems

The energy revolution has brought conventional utilities to the brink, only to discover that solar and wind power can’t be relied on

The renewable energy movement ignores real world problemsAustralia’s new National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has a sad, dangerous resemblance to Canadian policy. It’s a desperate attempt to make renewable energy projects viable when they’re not. The idea is to always have ‘dispatchable power’ – alternative sources – available to relieve brownouts and blackouts that result from an increasing dependency on renewable power. The…

What Canada can learn from Australia on health care

There are elements to adapt and ones to avoid, from pharmacare, to home care, to hospital efficiency and funding, to a mix of private and public health delivery

What Canada can learn from Australia on health careA recent conference in Toronto addressed whether Australia has anything to teach Canada about how Canadian medicare might evolve. It’s a useful question to explore. Australia and Canada share many characteristics, but Canadians may not know that one of them is that Australia’s universal health insurance scheme, Medicare, was modelled on Canada’s – albeit adapted to…

The phone call heard around the world

Infamous phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull will become the stuff of legend

The phone call heard around the worldTORONTO, Ont. Feb. 2, 2017/ Troy Media/ - What was everybody in Ottawa talking about yesterday? The electoral reform thing, for sure – but everyone knew it was a dumb promise, and one that had been without vital signs for months. What’s happening now – with the NDP leading the way with typically over-the-top hysteria…