Making sense of health funding dollars and cents

There are provincial winners and losers in the changing world of the Canada Health Transfer and the future could hold even larger discrepancies in funding

Making sense of health funding dollars and centsThe last few years have seen dramatic changes to the Canada Health Transfer (CHT), which in 2017-18 will total $37.150 billion – no small figure. Former prime minister Stephen Harper initiated a full per-capita funding formula without a tax-point equalizing adjustment in 2014-15 – basically a top-down policy change. Harper continued with the six per…

Canada needs a national policy to right our economic ship

Our trust-the-status-quo mindset is part of the problem. And our commitment to globalization must come with a Canada-first policy

Canada needs a national policy to right our economic shipPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has blinked. The recent federal budget was cautious when it should have been bold. It was hesitant and defensive when it should have been a battle cry for Canadian unity and prosperity. The unpredictable Donald Trump may or may not fulfil his promise to only tweak Canada-U.S. trade. But we know…

Cross-border beer and the case for in-Canada free trade

Free trade continues to be valued, as it was at Confederation, both for its economic benefits and its potential to promote Canadian unity

Cross-border beer and the case for in-Canada free tradeWhat will become of the New Brunswick court case that promised to free the beer, along with other goods traded across provincial borders? In April, provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc ruled that the effective ban on liquor purchased out of province was unconstitutional. His ruling cited Section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867, which requires that goods from…

Trump’s isolationism may spur Canadians to pull together

His election should be a wake-up call for Canadians who have been sleepwalking into an over-dependency on the United States

Trump’s isolationism may spur Canadians to pull togetherThere is a view that the election of Donald Trump will mean Canada becomes "road kill" in the new U.S. president's campaign to build jobs in the U.S. "Trump's political goal is to deliver jobs to Americans ... He's not targeting Canadians, but nonetheless we're going to be road kill," was the chilling assessment from…

Sharing the wealth is the Canadian – and Albertan – way

Wildrose's attack on equalization payments is based on a skewed view of the program and a lack of respect for the true Alberta perspective

Sharing the wealth is the Canadian – and Albertan – wayIt’s déjà vu all over again. Equalization payments are under attack by Alberta's Wildrose Party. It’s an easy target because while the intent of the program is clear, the process for calculating payments is not. Equalization payments are made out of federal tax revenue, not provincial revenue, collected across Canada. However, over the years, provincial…

P.E.I. premier speaks truth on internal trade in Canada

The federal government has three legal avenues to ensure trade liberalization between provinces. It should take them

P.E.I. premier speaks truth on internal trade in CanadaBy Alex Whalen and Jackson Doughart Contributors Lowering barriers to Canadian internal trade is a serious priority for commerce and opportunity. Yet provincial governments have impeded the cause for decades. It's time for Ottawa to take charge. In July, the premiers met in Whitehorse to deal specifically with interprovincial trade. We won't know the details…

Canada’s internal trade challenge: making 191 words count

It's one thing for our premiers to agree in principle to freer internal trade, but we've been down this road before without success

Canada’s internal trade challenge: making 191 words countA meagre 191-word document signed by every premier this summer is being lauded as a major coup for Canada. But our optimism about the future of internal trade should be tempered by reality. The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) was signed at the annual premiers summit in Whitehorse. We can certainly celebrate the goodwill of…

Could legal pot finally liberate Canadian booze?

The final vestiges of a moral crusade against booze could finally be buried by legalized marijuana

Could legal pot finally liberate Canadian booze?Of all the trivia buried in Canada's regulatory house of horrors, the most maddening are provincial liquor laws. But it could all soon change. Behind the tangled web of regulations, restrictions, irrational production standards, and other hidden barriers to trade is the last of the archaic puritanism and pettiness of Canada's rampant provincialism. Alberta's liquor laws, for instance,…

Will it take Trump to finally unite Canada?

An unintended consequence of Trump's crusade against NAFTA could be a vital reawakening of Canadian economic nationalism

Will it take Trump to finally unite Canada?“NAFTA is a disaster; we need fair trade. Not free trade. It's got to be fair.” With these words, Donald Trump has set in motion a long overdue reassessment of Canada’s trade relations with the world. More importantly, Trump has awoken everyone to the reality that the soft option for Canada on trade and economic…

Why New Brunswick still won’t allow cross-border booze buying

Even in the face of a clear court ruling, the province seems intent on standing in the way of free trade

Why New Brunswick still won’t allow cross-border booze buyingHeads the province wins, tails you lose. This appears to be the response of the Gallant government to the recent court decision declaring as unconstitutional New Brunswick's longstanding restrictions on bringing alcohol for personal consumption into the province. The government has until the end of the month to appeal provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc's ruling that…