Ontario’s high taxes make it difficult to attract top NHL talent

Senators, Leafs at a competitive disadvantage

Ontario’s high taxes make it difficult to attract top NHL talentBy Sean Speer and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jun 26, 2014/ Troy Media/ - July 1 is an important day for Canadians as they celebrate the country’s founding. It’s also the first day that NHL teams can sign free agents for the upcoming season. Many will be watching to see if their…

Want a middle class? Imitate Alberta and Saskatchewan

Never underestimate the benefits of opportunity

Want a middle class? Imitate Alberta and SaskatchewanCALGARY, AB, Jun 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - There has been much handwringing over the claimed disappearance of the middle class. From a bestselling international tome to domestic tax-and-spend types who think higher taxes will create more middle-income earners, there is no shortage of those who over-focus on redistribution and underestimate the benefits of opportunity.…

Ontario’s wake-up call

Ontario’s borrowing costs spiked the morning after the election

Ontario’s wake-up callBy Sean Speer and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jun 16, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Roughly 12 hours after Premier Kathleen Wynne was re-elected in Ontario with a majority government, bond markets and international credit rating agencies sent her a powerful message about the province’s dismal public finances. Ontario’s borrowing costs spiked the…

Ontario the new Argentina

But don’t cry for the province; it has mainly itself to blame

Ontario the new ArgentinaTHUNDER BAY, ON, Jun 13, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Ontarians have re-elected a government whose decade long reign dovetails with the lowest growth rate of provincial real per capita GDP in the Canadian federation. In the face of economic decline, Ontarians have come to fear change and opted for the status quo in the hope…

Hudak Nation poised to form government

Tories’ confidence builds as vote nears

Hudak Nation poised to form governmentANNAN, ON, Jun 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Hudak Nation, the new force in Ontario politics, will determine the result of the election June 12 as progressives withhold their votes to protest their own leaders’ peccadillos. New polling suggests Tim Hudak and his Progressive Conservative Party are positioned to win between 50 (a minority government)…

A fiscal tale of two provinces

Ontario is left with no option but to follow Quebec’s recent budget and implement expenditure restraint

A fiscal tale of two provincesTHUNDER BAY, ON, Jun 6, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Ontario and Quebec account for 62 per cent of Canada’s population but only 57 per cent of Canada’s GDP. Their economic dominance of the Canadian federation has gone into decline in recent years, as central Canadian manufacturing has borne the brunt of the economic adjustment since…

Ontario’s political parties aren’t taking the health of Ontarians seriously

An examination of their election platforms reveals the parties and their leaders don’t really understand the job ahead

Ontario’s political parties aren’t taking the health of Ontarians seriouslySASKATOON, SK, Jun 6, 2014/ Troy Media/ - All of the political parties in the upcoming Ontario election have put forward platforms that describe their vision for Ontario’s future. But how seriously do they take the health and well-being of Ontarians? To explore that question, I examined the platforms of each of the three main…

Ontario could win big with new US emissions standards

Move to renewables would give a boost province’s Ring of Fire and rare-earth industry

Ontario could win big with new US emissions standardsEDMONTON, AB, Jun 3, 2014/ Troy Media/ - During the height of the “great recession” there were very few politicians or business leaders who were focused on anything but short-term economic recovery. By 2010, both the Western Climate Initiative’s cap-and-trade program and the European Emissions Trading system (ETS) were mired in economic and structural problems;…

The new Canadian pecking order

Ontario has been eclipsed by the former “have-not” provinces of Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador

The new Canadian pecking orderVANCOUVER, BC, Jun 1, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Canada’s economic pecking order is changing, at a pace that raises questions about the country’s economic future as well as the sustainability of current federal-provincial fiscal arrangements. The picture is summarized in the Table below. It shows where the six most affluent provinces rank on three common…

Ontario consumers handicapped by beer and wine sale myths

Here’s the reality

Ontario consumers handicapped by beer and wine sale mythsCALGARY, AB, May 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Much of Canada’s current approach to liquor retailing has its roots in Prohibition-era attitudes towards wine, beer and spirits. But anyone who thinks that era ended should consider the anti-competition rhetoric that emanates from government liquor stores across Canada or Ontario’s government-approved private sector beer cartel, The…