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 togetherEDMONTON, Alta. Nov. 15, 2016/ Troy Media/  - There 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…

Time to bring free trade closer to home

A study estimated the annual benefits of free trade among the provinces at $50 billion to $130 billion, or $7,500 per household per year

Time to bring free trade closer to homeCALGARY, Alta. Nov. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Why does far-sighted provincial support for international free trade turn into myopic resistance when it comes to similar trade with Canada's other provinces? After harsh words and even a few tears, the on-again, off-again romance between Canada and the Belgian region of Wallonia ended happily with the signing of…

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 – wayCALGARY, Alta. Oct. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It’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…

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 Atlantic Institute for Market Studies HALIFAX, N.S. Sept. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – 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…

Subsidizing brewers just another unconstitutional trade barrier

Government efforts should be focused on tearing down all trade barriers, so that Alberta brewers gain access to other provincial markets

Subsidizing brewers just another unconstitutional trade barrierCALGARY, Alta. Aug. 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Well, that didn’t take very long. The money is rolling out the doors already. Kevin Moore of [popup url="http://twosergeantsbrewing.ca/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Two Sergeants Brewing[/popup] confirmed to the Fort Saskatchewan Record that he received his first “rebate from the government” already. This payment was made under the dubious Alberta…

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 countHALIFAX, N.S. Aug. 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A 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…

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?EDMONTON, Alta. Aug. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ – 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.…

Sorry Premiers, Canada already has an internal free-trade agreement

It's called the Constitution

Sorry Premiers, Canada already has an internal free-trade agreementCALGARY, Alta. July 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Even before Canada's premiers departed Whitehorse last week, media coverage was applauding a “ground-breaking” and “historic” agreement on internal national trade. Not so fast. The official statement announcing the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) is only 191 words long and omits any of those pesky details where the devil is…

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?EDMONTON, Alta. July 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ – “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…

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 buyingHALIFAX, N.S. May 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Heads 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…