Trudeau government budget soaked in red ink

Liberal spending increases, not a weak economy, driving big deficits

Trudeau government budget soaked in red inkBy Charles Lammam and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute In advance of tabling their first budget, the Liberals conveyed a message that deteriorating government finances were the result of a weak economy. The reality of the budget is quite different from the rhetoric; the source of the large and sustained deficits is a marked increase…

A war by any other name is still a war, Mr. Trudeau

Despite the Trudeau government’s denials, a state of war does exist between Canada and ISIL

A war by any other name is still a war, Mr. TrudeauThe first casualty of war isn’t truth. It turns out it’s meaning. Ipso facto, is “Canada” in a state of “war” with “the Islamic State?” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion emphatically state that we are not. Said the Prime Minister on CBC radio: “A war is something that can be…

Sorry, prime minister, we are at war with ISIL

Grim reality can’t be dodged with disgraceful Liberal wordplay

Sorry, prime minister, we are at war with ISILWhen Justin Trudeau and the Liberals won last year’s federal election, Canadians knew things were going to be different. Just how profoundly different is starting to become clear. Here’s the example to end all examples: the federal government actually believes Canada isn’t at war with ISIL. After last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, Trudeau told…

Trudeau’s first budget takes the right approach

Stagnant economy won’t grow without government stimulus

Trudeau’s first budget takes the right approachThe 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 strategy was supported by an overwhelming number…

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…