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 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 unwillingness to face difficult decision-making about how best…

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 growthThe 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? Compare Tuesday’s budget numbers to…

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 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 their skills, invest, and…

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?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 investment, but you have to be making investments…

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 pigThe 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 on it's (sic) tail, spray it with perfume,…

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 watersAs the federal budget nears, there’s no question the Canadian economy is not firing on all cylinders. The global economic slowdown coupled with depressed commodity prices is posing real challenges for the Great White North. Unfortunately, government policies are making the economy’s troubled waters even rougher. For instance, media reports suggest the Trudeau government’s first…

Pros and cons of the alternative vote to electoral reform

Would it be a good choice for Canada?

Pros and cons of the alternative vote to electoral reformThe alternative vote system is definitely on the federal electoral reform table. But would it be a good choice for Canada? Alternative vote (AV) is used in lower house elections in Australia and Nauru, a former Australian territory. But it was rejected in a 2011 British referendum as a replacement for the first-past-the-post electoral system. AV (or preferential vote)…

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 primetimeMost of us assumed financial commentator Kevin O’Leary was considering a run for the federal Tory leadership in 2017. Until he unexpectedly announced that he might run for the Liberals. What’s going on? The ultimate political game of cat and mouse, with O’Leary pulling the strings. This past weekend, O’Leary spoke at the Manning Centre…

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 focusBy Michael Van Pelt and Ray Pennings Cardus It’s been four months since the Conservative Party was tossed from office. How many old wounds can there be left to lick, tempting as that indulgence is for partisans on the right and left? The reality is, Canadians chose to end the mandate of Stephen Harper’s government…

Time to fix the flaws in our electoral system

Time to fix the flaws in our electoral systemThere is no perfect electoral system. We need to keep that in mind as we embark on a search for a new one. The Liberals have promised a new electoral system before the next election, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to favour a preferential ballot. Critics have pounced, arguing that such a change would…