Alberta still loses if resource revenue removed from equalization

Options for reform are severely limited so long as a rule requiring program costs to escalate every year remains

Alberta still loses if resource revenue removed from equalizationBy Ben Eisen and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute Jason Kenney, candidate for the leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, recently called for reform to Canada’s equalization program. Specifically, he suggested a referendum in Alberta to force the federal government to consider removing non-renewable resource revenue (in Alberta’s case, mostly revenue from oil) from calculations…

Should equalization really grow forever?

A rule requiring payments to grow – no matter what the circumstances – can only exacerbate regional friction

Should equalization really grow forever?By Ben Eisen and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute The relative economic strength of Canada’s provinces has shifted in recent years, as former powerhouses struggle while former laggards improve. The nation’s equalization program is not equipped to respond fairly to these developments. In the past two fiscal years, Quebec has collected more revenue from natural resources…

Sharing the wealth is the Canadian – and Albertan – way

Wildrose's attack on equalization payments is based on a skewed view of the program and a lack of respect for the true Alberta perspective

Sharing the wealth is the Canadian – and Albertan – wayCALGARY, Alta. Oct. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It’s déjà vu all over again. Equalization payments are under attack by Alberta's Wildrose Party. It’s an easy target because while the intent of the program is clear, the process for calculating payments is not. Equalization payments are made out of federal tax revenue, not provincial revenue, collected…

Robertson, Coderre charter members of Misguided Mayors Club

Vancouver's Robertson and Montreal's Coderre are front and centre when it comes to policy pronouncements that are dangerously delusional

Robertson, Coderre charter members of Misguided Mayors ClubVICTORIA, B.C. Oct. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Mayor Gregor Robertson wants Vancouver to be “the world’s greenest city by 2020.” That's a laudable goal, provided the path is rooted in sound science and economics, rather than a religious belief in a carbon-free heaven. The first step, narrowing already-busy streets in favour of bike lanes, is infuriating…

Trudeau is out of touch with Canada’s economic reality

Blissfully unaware of the devastating impact of collapsed resource revenues on the entire nation

Trudeau is out of touch with Canada’s economic reality//  trudeau [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/trudeau-touch-canadas-economic-reality/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on the [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/justin-trudeau/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Trudeau government[/popup] and the [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/canadian-economy/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Canadian economy[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] VICTORIA, B.C. Feb. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a penchant for clever quips. He seems to especially…

Central Canada new centre of gravity for equalization

That great sucking sound you hear is Ontario and Quebec siphoning off most of the equalization money

Central Canada new centre of gravity for equalization//  equalization [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/01/central-canada-new-centre-of-gravity-for-equalization/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/equalization/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]equalization[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, OTTAWA, WINDSOR, WINNIPEG, CALGARY, EDMONTON OUT By Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Jan 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Historically, the purpose of Canada’s equalization program…

Federal transfers to the provinces at an all-time high

The complaint from some provinces that Ottawa is shortchanging them is false

Federal transfers to the provinces at an all-time high//  federal transfers equalization  federal transfers equalization [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/01/federal-transfers-to-the-provinces-at-an-all-time-high/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on federal transfers and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/equalization/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]equalization[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, OTTAWA, WINDSOR OUT By Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C./ Jan. 14, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Over the…

Ontario government needs to end its spending bender

Ontario continues to fail to grasp the magnitude of its fiscal challenges

Ontario government needs to end its spending benderDownload this column for your publication or website CALGARY, AB, Jun 3, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The Ontario government has never made a secret of its desire to have the federal government help fund the province’s budget. It even helped fund a Toronto-based think-tank which regularly publishes reports that call on the federal government to…

The federal government doesn’t owe Ontario – or Alberta – more money

Premiers will invent any excuses - including blaming it all on the federal government - to cover their own failures

The federal government doesn’t owe Ontario – or Alberta – more moneyDownload The federal government doesn’t owe Ontario – or Alberta – more money CALGARY, TORONTO OUT CALGARY, AB, Apr 22, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In a year when two heavyweight provinces, Ontario and Alberta, which together constitute 55 per cent of Canada’s GDP, are running substantial deficits, there are three ways to reduce the red…