Eight steps to get Canada’s economy restarted

Government can do more by doing less, by unleashing the private sector

Eight steps to get Canada’s economy restartedFederal government schemes and programs to ameliorate the devastation wrought by the ill-considered shutdown of the Canadian economy for nearly three months have focused on compensating individuals and businesses for being unemployed or shutting down. Little thought, thus far, has been given to how to relaunch the economy for a sustained recovery from COVID-19. The…

Land claims largest deterrent to mining investment in B.C.

77 per cent of respondents for B.C. said that uncertainty from disputed land claims was a deterrent to investment

Land claims largest deterrent to mining investment in B.C.By Ravina Bains and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute British Columbia has extraordinary mineral potential. In the recent Fraser Institute annual survey of mining companies, mining executives from around the world placed B.C. in the global top 20 in terms of pure mineral potential and overall investment attractiveness, which is a combination of mineral potential…

Aboriginal rights and private property rights clash in B.C.

B.C.'s strong reaction to First Nations' claims to private property may provide assurances to companies and private property owners

Aboriginal rights and private property rights clash in B.C.The muddy waters of aboriginal land claims and private property rights in British Columbia may have just cleared a little. On Jan. 15, the B.C. government stated its opposition to the Tk’emlups and Skeetchestn bands’ aboriginal title claim on land currently owned by private citizens and mining company KGHM- Ajax, saying it will "vigorously oppose…

Canada’s courts create uncertainty on aboriginal rights

Court decisions are undermining the certainty dividend that is supposed to attach to modern land claims agreements

Canada’s courts create uncertainty on aboriginal rightsBy Malcolm Lavoie University of Alberta and Dwight Newman University of Saskatchewan The past year has seen a lot of Canadians paying attention to aboriginal land rights. From opposition by aboriginal groups to proposed pipeline developments in their traditional territories, to a recent declaration of aboriginal title in British Columbia, to ongoing disputes over modern…

Road map to a winning Aboriginal Canadian policy strategy

Implementing these recommendations may allow us to turn a corner in Aboriginal relations

Road map to a winning Aboriginal Canadian policy strategyThe recent release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report provides all political parties with an opportunity to renew policies regarding Aboriginal Canadian peoples as we go into a fall election. Not all 94 recommendations in the TRC report are achievable or practical, but parts of the report contain the start of a road…

Land claims disputes damaging Ontario and BC mining sector

Both provinces can learn a thing or two from Saskatchewan’s successful relationship with First Nations

Land claims disputes damaging Ontario and BC mining sectorBy Ravina Bains and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute The mining industry contributes mightily to Canada’s economic prosperity, adding $54 billion to Canada’s GDP and employing roughly 383,000 Canadians at an average annual salary of more than $110,000 in 2013. But Canada has a serious problem with land-use certainty that may threaten future investment in…