Is Ottawa really committed to new resource development?

It's doubtful. Its plan to “improve” the NEB actually makes it more difficult and costly for business to navigate

Is Ottawa really committed to new resource development?By Kenneth Green and Ross McKitrick The Fraser Institute The federal government recently announced its plan to “improve” the National Energy Board. The language of the announcement is all “sunny ways,” promising to be all things to all stakeholders. But the promises are incompatible. The announcement says the new approval process for major energy projects will…

Repair regional relations in Canada before it’s too late

If we want Canada to add up to more than the sum of its parts, we need to get our regional house in order

Repair regional relations in Canada before it’s too lateCanada is a big and diverse place. People, power, economic opportunities, public policy priorities, language and cultural nuances are not evenly spread from sea to sea to sea. It’s always been a struggle to make sure the various regions are working together, treated fairly and adequately represented at the national level. Lately, however, serious efforts…

Governments often waste money in their rush to save it

We need to think of the real value of results. If it costs $10 to find out we wasted $1, what’s the point?

Governments often waste money in their rush to save itMost people want value for money from their governments. We’re outraged at waste – whether on a $16 glass of orange juice or billions on a megaproject. Public administrators wrestle with new and better ways to measure results. But sometimes money is saved by not trying to save money. Expenditures are made within a political…

Fed’s tax policies hurt families striving to join the middle class

A tax cut rewards families who work hard. Increased transfers make them more reliant on government

Fed’s tax policies hurt families striving to join the middle classBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has repeatedly said it wants to help families “working hard to join the middle class.” But has the government lived up to this rhetoric on personal income taxes, a key policy area where it’s been particularly active? Over their two years in government,…

Learning economic lessons from an Old World master

An IMF report uses Italy to highlight the dangers of a bloated, unproductive public sector, but it is just pertinent to Canada

Learning economic lessons from an Old World masterThe International Monetary Fund (IMF), in a study released with its latest Global Financial Stability Report, chided Italy, a perennial underperformer famous for its large, unaffordable and growth-stifling public sector. Why does this matter to anyone outside that beautiful, historic Mediterranean country? Because the follies of the modern Romans aren’t unique. They suffuse Canada and…

We need politicians who can pass a basic energy facts test

Most politicians came to office well-intentioned but ill-equipped to deal with the complexities of energy matters

We need politicians who can pass a basic energy facts testShould there be an energy version of the SAT for aspiring Canadian politicians? We’ve all heard about aspiring American high school students sweating their SATs (formerly the Scholastic Assessment Test). For students, it’s a measure of – and introduction to – the rigours of academic life post-high school. It can be a shock to the system since…

Canada’s first “great political debate” was a dud

Held in 1968, just like today the parties manoeuvred for advantage in establishing the ground rules

Canada’s first “great political debate” was a dudDownload this column for your publication or website TORONTO, ON, May 29, 2015/ Troy Media/ - With the current controversy over the leaders’ debates for the upcoming federal election, it’s interesting to take a trip down memory lane and revisit our first televised confrontation. It all happened on June 9, 1968, before a vast audience…

Portents of political change in Canada

The whole Conservative caucus has contributed to the political dumbing-down of Canada

Portents of political change in CanadaCALGARY, AB, Apr 16, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The public’s sorrow about the death of much-respected Conservative Jim Flaherty, who had just resigned as Canada’s Finance Minister, reminds us of the essential humanity shared by politicians of all stripes. It is easy to forget, in the hubbub of partisan politics, how much we should honour…

Talk of opposition cooperation gaining momentum

Talk of opposition cooperation gaining momentumJanuary 4, 2013 CALGARY, AB, Jan. 4, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Few of the 2012 retrospectives offered in the media have mentioned one trend in Canada which I think is important - the increased interest of non-conservative parties at both federal and provincial levels in possible cooperation. Back in 2009, when the Democratic Renewal Project…

A few modest proposals to our political leaders

A few modest proposals to our political leaders© Troy Media. Please contact the publisher to inquire about publication rates for this column. Our rates are based on circulation. Scroll to the bottom to purchase this column. To view our rates, click here. January 2, 2013 [wp_eStore_cart_when_not_empty] CALGARY, AB, Jan. 2, 2013/ Troy Media/ - January is special because it is so early…