Trudeau’s first budget takes the right approach

Stagnant economy won’t grow without government stimulus

Trudeau’s first budget takes the right approachFREDERICTON, N.B. March 28, 2016/Troy Media/ - The recent federal budget presents a clear and purposeful plan to deal with the new government’s fiscal priorities. The budget of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government should be viewed in the context of the great debate about the best fiscal policy for contemporary Canada. Indeed, the Liberals’ fiscal…

Budget 2016 reveals decision-making preferences of new Liberal government

Trudeau's first budget fails to make the hard choices necessary to pay for services

Budget 2016 reveals decision-making preferences of new Liberal governmentBy Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C./ March 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The difference between campaigning and governing is that the latter means making difficult decisions. The new Liberal government's first budget shows that they are not yet prepared to make those trade-offs. Much of the new budget shows an…

A feel-good federal budget that fails to spark economic growth

The Liberals embrace a $30-billion deficit without making jobs a priority

A feel-good federal budget that fails to spark economic growthVANCOUVER, B.C./ Troy Media/ — The new Liberal government’s first federal budget contains few surprises – except, of course, in how far it has strayed from election campaign promises. In recent weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has said more than enough to let us know what was to come in the budget. The surprise?…

Don’t think top talent responds to higher tax rates?

The evidence suggests higher rates influence where people work and live

Don’t think top talent responds to higher tax rates?By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C./ Troy Media/ – In debates about taxes, some scoff at the idea that people actually respond to higher rates by changing their behaviour. This is despite the mountains of economic research showing higher marginal tax rates reduce the incentives for individuals to work hard, expand…

Are the Trudeau Liberals fiscally responsible?

When it comes to fiscal responsibility, Trudeau is all words and absolutely no action

Are the Trudeau Liberals fiscally responsible?TORONTO, Ont. March 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - What does fiscal responsibility mean to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau? Honestly, I don’t have the foggiest idea. Trudeau recently told Bloomberg TV, “One of the things that’s really important to me is fiscal responsibility. You don’t have to make a choice between being fiscally responsible or making…

Trudeau applies lipstick on the Senate pig

You can put lipstick on a pig, Prime Minister. But it is still – then, now and forever more – a pig

Trudeau applies lipstick on the Senate pigTORONTO, Ont. March 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The precise origins of the “lipstick on a pig” aphorism are unclear. Some say it arose first in a January 1980 edition of the much-read Quad-City Herald, in Brewster, Washington (pop., 2,730), where one wag observed therein that “you can clean up a pig, put a ribbon…

Federal budget looming, and Canadian economy faces troubled waters

Unfortunately, government policies are only making matters worse

Federal budget looming, and Canadian economy faces troubled waters[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/canadian-economy-faces-troubled-waters/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on the [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/canadian-economy/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Canadian economy[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] VANCOUVER, B.C. March 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - As the federal budget nears, there’s no question the Canadian economy is not firing on all cylinders. The global economic slowdown coupled with depressed…

Pros and cons of the alternative vote to electoral reform

Second in our series on revising and reviving democracy in Canada

Pros and cons of the alternative vote to electoral reform[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/pros-cons-alternative-vote/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on the alternative vote and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/electoral-reform/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]electoral reform[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] This is the second in our [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/series/electoral-reform-explained/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]series[/popup] describing electoral reform possibilities. The series is being written by Dr. Doreen Barrie, an adjunct assistant professor in the…

Kevin O’Leary not ready for leadership primetime

O’Leary really doesn’t understand political strategy and communications

Kevin O’Leary not ready for leadership primetime//  kevin o'leary  kevin o'leary [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/kevin-oleary-not-ready-leadership-primetime/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/kevin-oleary/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Kevin O'Leary[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, Ont. March 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Most of us assumed financial commentator Kevin O’Leary was considering a run for the federal Tory leadership in 2017.…

Canadian Conservatives need to regain their focus

From economics to government's role to the environment, the Conservatives have a lot of work to do if they are to win the next election

Canadian Conservatives need to regain their focus//  Conservatives  Conservatives [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/canadian-conservatives-need-to-regain-their-focus/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/category/political/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Politics[/popup] and the [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/conservatives/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Conservatives[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] By Michael Van Pelt and Ray Pennings Cardus HAMILTON, Ont. Feb. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It’s been four months since the Conservative…