Putting a price on the movement of people and goods

Introducing tolls on roads and bridges to help pay for transportation upgrades is an equitable solution to a vexing urban problem

Putting a price on the movement of people and goodsRoad rage has almost become a defining characteristic of life in and around our cities. In the best of circumstances, it’s frustrating and time consuming to drive anywhere. Throw in bad weather, construction or an accident, and it becomes nearly impossible. Why can’t something be done so we can drive unimpeded on our roads? The…

Building a clean, green and smart Canada

Canada’s polytechnic institutions are developing the talent to drive the nation's dramatic next-generation infrastructure expansion program

Building a clean, green and smart CanadaBy Nobina Robinson CEO Polytechnics Canada and Glenn Feltham President and CEO NAIT We are on the verge of another pivotal moment in Canada’s infrastructure history – one that will reshape our economy. But we need next-generation talent to build that infrastructure. Canada’s economy is inextricably linked to our infrastructure and it’s always been so. Our…

Trudeau selling Canadians false bill of goods on infrastructure

Little of the federal government's new spending over the next decade is earmarked for projects that will actually improve Canada’s core infrastructure

Trudeau selling Canadians false bill of goods on infrastructureBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute You’d think the prime minister would be intimately familiar with one of his government’s signature policy initiatives. But a recent statement by Justin Trudeau suggests he’s detached from the details on Ottawa’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan. He told the House of Commons: “We’re going to continue to invest historic amounts in…

China offers a lesson on financing infrastructure

China built 20,000 km of high-speed rail infrastructure without raising taxes or becoming indebted to international bond markets

China offers a lesson on financing infrastructure As members of a developed western economy, Canadians think we know all about capitalism. And, obviously, we believe our way of doing things is the best – we have nothing to learn from countries like China. Or do we? How did a country with an emerging economy like China build 20,000 km of high-speed rail infrastructure without raising…

Feds’ infrastructure plan unlikely to spur economic growth

Simply calling a project “infrastructure” does not automatically make it an economically worthwhile endeavour

Feds’ infrastructure plan unlikely to spur economic growthBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. March 10, 2017/ Troy Media/ - While campaigning, and since coming into power, the Trudeau Liberals have talked a lot about wanting to grow the economy to better serve Canada’s middle class. And they have pinned their economic hopes largely on a multi-billion dollar…

The myths and reality of infrastructure spending in Canada

The case for massive increases in government infrastructure spending doesn’t withstand scrutiny

The myths and reality of infrastructure spending in CanadaBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. March. 6, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Over the coming weeks, the Trudeau government and several provincial governments will release budgets that will include plans to collectively spend hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure over the coming decade. However, the case for massive increases…

Trudeau government’s fiscal plan doesn’t match its rhetoric

Digging deeper into debt while investing little in growth-enhancing infrastructure

Trudeau government’s fiscal plan doesn’t match its rhetoricBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Nov. 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Since coming into power, the federal Liberals have said they would pursue deficit spending to make investments that will drive Canada’s long-term economic growth. As Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently put it, “we believe that we should be…

Getting the most value for infrastructure spending

Establishing an infrastructure bank won't pay off if all levels of Canadian government don't learn to broaden the tender process

Getting the most value for infrastructure spendingHAMILTON, Ont. Nov. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The federal government's new infrastructure bank won't solve a huge problem: infrastructure projects cost up to 25 per cent more than necessary. The Liberal government isn’t totally wrong in trying to leverage its ability to access cheap credit and create partnerships with investors to fund the repair of sewers, build…

Infrastructure small share of the Liberal $29.4 billion deficit

The Trudeau government’s repeated rhetoric about building a prosperous economic future on infrastructure is bogus

Infrastructure small share of the Liberal $29.4 billion deficitBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. April 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ - A major theme in the lead-up to the recent federal budget was a commitment to increased infrastructure spending. The Liberals gave the impression that infrastructure would be a key driver of their deficit spending and that such spending…

Overcoming Canada’s biggest infrastructure challenge

Canada must build world-class collaboration bridges before we can resolve our challenges

Overcoming Canada’s biggest infrastructure challengeCALGARY, Alta. April 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The silver lining of the energy sector’s vast unemployment is the potential for these talented and experienced people to build better bridges. This is bridge infrastructure of a different sort, however: human economic stimulus. Because Canada's biggest current challenge is not how to build pipelines or solve…