The practical limitations and realities of government

Recognizing those limitations and realities will result in a more effective, focused government that uses taxpayer resources more wisely

The practical limitations and realities of governmentBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute There’s a gap, some might say a chasm, between what advocates for new and expanded government programs imagine government can achieve versus the day-to-day reality of government. Recent Canadian history provides no shortage of examples of ambitious, imaginative initiatives for government. The current federal government, for…

Two crises, one ineffectual government

The failure to approve a pipeline has turned an economic problem into an existential crisis for the country

Two crises, one ineffectual governmentOne crisis in the West. One crisis in the East. Can Prime Minister Justin Trudeau feel the eyes on his back? Alberta and other portions of the West are absolutely reeling from the devastating impact of criminally low oil prices. Oil and gas companies and their suppliers are losing money. Our resources are being stolen.…

As capital flees, Ottawa continues to push unattractive policies  

Capital will flow to jurisdictions with attractive policies and, frankly, Canada’s investment climate is dismal

As capital flees, Ottawa continues to push unattractive policies  By Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The federal government’s fall fiscal update, one of the most anticipated in years, didn’t include the wide-ranging regulatory and tax reforms many hoped would increase Canada’s waning competitiveness relative to the United States. The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems willfully ignorant that investment dollars…

Why Justin Trudeau won’t call a byelection in Burnaby South

The last thing the Liberals want is for the NDP to take the spotlight or to start drawing votes on the left-centre

Why Justin Trudeau won’t call a byelection in Burnaby SouthWhy won’t Prime Minister Justin Trudeau call a byelection in Burnaby South? It’s a question some Canadians are still trying to figure out, even though the answer is right in front of them. Let’s take a closer look at this controversy. The Liberals aren’t obligated to call a byelection in the B.C. riding. Trudeau has…

The People’s Party of the left … right … whatever

This new party has a leader who wasn't elected and few members. It appears intended simply to soothe Bernier’s fragile ego

The People’s Party of the left … right … whateverWhen Maxime Bernier, a former Conservative cabinet minister and federal leadership candidate, abruptly quit the party last month, he announced he would be starting a new political party. Well, the nameless entity with one public face was finally given an identity on Sept. 14: the People’s Party of Canada. He couldn’t have made a worse…

The Tories are better off without Maxime Bernier

The rebel Quebec MP may have satisfied his fragile ego by starting a no-name party, but the risk is far greater than the reward

The Tories are better off without Maxime BernierQuebec MP Maxime Bernier’s decision to bolt from the federal Conservatives last week surprised some political observers. But based on what’s known about “Mad Max,” as he’s often called, they shouldn’t have been. Bernier has long been an enfant terrible in Tory circles. While he has good economic ideas, including his support for abolishing supply…

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government help

Notorious art thief John Mark Tillmann managed to get two levels of government to rename a waterway just to torment Jewish neighbours

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government helpShould the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi? It’s not a hypothetical question. Fall River, N.S., (pop. 11,526) is a community in Halifax’s regional municipality. By all accounts, it’s a lovely spot and the locals are nice. If you go hiking on a trail in the area, you may spot…

Best and worst political stories and personalities of 2017

From Trudeau to Scheer, from human piñata Morneau to lightweight Joly, from the Aga Khan to #MeToo

Best and worst political stories and personalities of 2017It’s a cliché, sure. It’s hackneyed and overdone, true. It has been done a million times, agreed. But it’s fun: the columnist’s year-end political winner/loser list! And, this year, regular readers got in on the act! But, however … just as I was typing this, a bombshell landed. The federal ethics commissioner ruled that Prime Minister…

Rosemarie Falk clear winner in SK federal byelection

Falk garnered 69.6 per cent of the vote to maintain the Battlefords-Lloydminster riding for the Conservative Party

Rosemarie Falk clear winner in SK federal byelectionConservative Rosemarie Falk was the clear winner on Monday in the Battlefords-Lloydminster federal riding byelection. Falk garnered 8,965 votes or 69.6 per cent of the total vote to maintain the riding for the Conservative Party. A total of 12,889 votes were cast. Conservative MP Gerry Ritz, also the former agriculture minister, held the riding for…

Perhaps the worst cabinet minister in the history of Confederation

Just when you thought Melanie Joly couldn't mess up anything else, she blew $5.6 million on a temporary rink on Parliament Hill

Perhaps the worst cabinet minister in the history of ConfederationDear Canadian Heritage Minister Joly: May I call you Melanie? You’ve blocked my access to your ministerial Twitter account, so please forgive the formality of an open letter. I sense that I’ve upset you, which concerns me deeply. Let’s leave aside, for a moment, the propriety of a public servant (that’s you) blocking the access…