Giving voice to our concerns and desires validates democracy

Democracy in action illustrates how important it is for Canadians to talk with their government officials on all levels

Giving voice to our concerns and desires validates democracyOne of the most important tasks I have as a public school educator is empowering my students to take an active role in the Canadian political process. And if I’m going to ask my students to be active citizens, I need to model the desired behaviour. I’ve honestly been very impressed with the responses I’ve…

Economic storm clouds on Canada’s horizon

This year’s uptick in economic growth has nothing to do with current government policy that is expected to hamper future business expansion

Economic storm clouds on Canada’s horizonBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute During the recent federal fiscal update, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said higher-than-expected economic growth for 2017 is evidence that the government’s plan is working. In reality, however, little of what’s driving growth for this year has anything to do with government policy. And economic storm clouds remain for…

Canadian business growth stymied by governments

Red tape, rising taxes, tax reform, increasing minimum wages and other policy initiatives all smother business investment

Canadian business growth stymied by governmentsPersistently weak investment is a major reason why Canada’s growth has lagged in recent years. And governments carry some of the blame, having increasingly failed to encourage a positive business climate. The importance of business investment to economic growth is widely acknowledged. Investment boosts productive capacity and embodies new technologies that raise productivity and living…

Is the pursuit of policy actually the absence of action?

Academic author Michael Howlett's book Canadian Public Policy: Selected Studies in Process and Style leaves too many questions unanswered

Is the pursuit of policy actually the absence of action?I’m thinking of writing a book called Public Policy Isn’t. What’s a policy? Is it the policy of a government to pass a law to achieve a goal? Or does a law require those implementing the law to adhere to certain policies? It’s perhaps both. How about the members of the public in public policy?…