Equalization inequalities must be addressed

Encouraging short-term stability at the expense of economic performance and fairness is folly when alternatives are available

Equalization inequalities must be addressedIn recent years, equalization and other regional subsidies have captured the attention of many Albertans. Much useful research has been done at the University of Calgary and by the former Wildrose Party. There has been extensive comment in Alberta’s media on Canada’s fiscal arrangements, including equalization. Issues connected with regional subsidies are important to all…

Municipalities must protect against cyber attacks

Canadian towns and cities hold valuable data yet are poorly prepared to detect and fend off attacks

Municipalities must protect against cyber attacksCybercriminals have caught Canadian municipalities flat-footed. Our cities must get with the times or send more taxpayer money and private data out the door. Cybercrime costs Canada $3.12 billion a year. A portion of that involves ransom payments to cybercriminals who digitally hold computers hostage. Ransomware, which involves remotely encrypting hard drives and demanding money…

What Ontario should cut to balance its budget

It’s time to end business subsidies, further cut post-secondary spending and freeze government workers’ wages

What Ontario should cut to balance its budgetThe Ontario government’s budget deficit of $15 billion this year will rise even higher next year unless swift corrective action is taken. With the province’s net debt already at $325 billion, eliminating the deficit should be a priority – especially since this enormous deficit is being incurred outside of a recession. Given that Premier Doug…

Child-care quality doesn’t depend on arbitrary numbers

Ontario's new standards have raised the hackles of activists. They should look hard at the systems they mistakenly believe are better

Child-care quality doesn’t depend on arbitrary numbersIt's been called shocking and disgusting. The Ontario government is moving to change how many children independent child-care providers can care for. The new rules allow three children under two instead of two (not counting the provider’s own children over age four). An independent care provider can look after no more than five children at…

Ontario education reform needed now

Math scores are getting worse. Spending per pupil keeps growing. Something doesn't add up

Ontario education reform needed nowOntario parents are concerned about the state of kindergarten-to-Grade-12 education. The concerns are valid, despite an increasing amount of money being spent on education in the province. Results from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are alarming, particularly in math. There’s a pervasive myth that large cuts…

Why some of us prefer Conservative parties over their leaders

Jason Kenney and Doug Ford don't have great approval ratings. But voters seem to favour their parties in Alberta and Ontario

Why some of us prefer Conservative parties over their leadersAn intriguing phenomenon is beginning to occur in our nation’s politics. Some Canadians seemed to be pleased with the policies of Conservative parties and are willing to vote for them – in spite of some apprehension toward certain party leaders. Here are two recent examples. A Mainstreet Research poll released on Jan. 22 revealed that…

Ontario takes the funding heart out of the student ecosystem

The Conservative government believes campus clubs that can’t survive on the open market shouldn’t exist. But this logic is flawed

Ontario takes the funding heart out of the student ecosystemLast week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford continued his reforms of the province’s colleges and universities. The big news came first. We learned about a cut to tuition and the elimination of free tuition for in-need students. After the cloud of that bomb cleared, we heard the other shocking news: Ford would soon allow students to…

Every school in Ontario is capable of improvement

The Fraser Institute’s latest report card shows where the weak spots are, and where successes can be found and emulated

Every school in Ontario is capable of improvementWith the release of the Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools 2019 by the Fraser Institute, parents once again can see how their child’s school compares to others in their region or across the province. Although there’s typically a lot of focus on the highest-rated schools, it’s important to remember that where a school places…

The biggest political story of the year in the Great White North

When Ontario Premier Doug Ford slashed the size of Toronto city council, he involved the judiciary and flirted with a controversial federal law

The biggest political story of the year in the Great White NorthWhat was Canada’s biggest political story of 2018? In my opinion, when all four levels of government were briefly involved in one small area of public policy debate. It started when Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government announced on July 27 that it would decrease the number of city council seats in Toronto from…

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…