PEI needs to clean up the mess at Charlottetown City Hall

When you give bureaucrats an inch, they take a mile

PEI needs to clean up the mess at Charlottetown City HallCharlottetown taxpayers are being taken to the cleaners by out-of-control city officials and government bureaucrats. After years of abuse, it’s time for Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King to shine a light on this sorry saga. To understand the plight of Charlottetown taxpayers, consider this scenario. Imagine you’re at your favourite restaurant. Although inflation might…

Will the PEI government fix the bracket creep loophole?

Bracket creep has cost taxpayers too much for too long

Will the PEI government fix the bracket creep loophole?If a business overcharged you by $450, you might want an explanation. The least that business could do is stop overcharging you in the future. Prices for everything from groceries to gasoline are going up fast enough without overcharges on top. Prince Edward Island MLAs owe Islanders an explanation about their income tax bills. The…

Inflation is increasing PEI families taxes again

Prince Edward Island has to stop digging into Islander families’ pockets

Inflation is increasing PEI families taxes againThe government of Prince Edward Island seems happier to acknowledge inflation’s impact on your wallet than to do something about it. Prince Edward Island is one of only three Canadian provinces – along with Alberta and Nova Scotia – that does not index any tax brackets to inflation. As a result, the tax code pushes…

COVID crisis opportunity for trade reform in Atlantic Canada

Eliminating trade barriers can help accelerate the economic recovery

COVID crisis opportunity for trade reform in Atlantic CanadaBy Alex Whalen and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute Earlier this summer, the four Atlantic provinces formed the “Atlantic Bubble” as the region works toward freer movement of people amid the COVID crisis. And clearly, the pandemic’s effect on the economy underscores the value of free movement of people and goods, which – on the…

Gasoline price-fixing harms Atlantic Canada

Controls were intended to ease consumer anger over rare but large price fluctuations. But government isn’t meant to be an anger management therapist

Gasoline price-fixing harms Atlantic CanadaGasoline price controls are a major burden for the minor benefit of having less mercurial cost fluctuations. Government policies are often contradictory. This isn’t directly the result of conspiracy or ill intent. Governments are no different than individuals. We all embrace beliefs that sometimes contradict others we hold. To eliminate these contradictions, Atlantic Canadian governments…

Budget puts P.E.I. on good fiscal path but …

... the government should take this opportunity to firm up its balance sheet, pay down some debt and give relief to Islanders who need it

Budget puts P.E.I. on good fiscal path but …The P.E.I. government’s 2017 budget includes a rare and welcome projection: a balanced budget. In the past decade, across all of Atlantic Canada and party lines, surpluses have been few and far between. Deficits have also become fashionable at the federal level. Given this environment, the Prince Edward Island government deserves credit for getting back to…

Atlantic Canada’s oversized public sector

Money can be saved by paring the size of the public sector, finding efficiencies, privatizing some services and controlling wages

Atlantic Canada’s oversized public sectorBy Marco Navarro-Génie and Jackson Doughart Contributors Atlantic Canada employs public sectors larger than the national average, to the detriment of the region's economies. Public policy choices mean that provincial and municipal governments have large commitments in civil servants' salaries and benefits. The task of shrinking provincial government expenditures will be difficult without addressing this problem.…

At least Atlantic Canada leads in something

Unfortunately, it's sales taxes

At least Atlantic Canada leads in somethingThree Atlantic provinces now share the country's highest sales tax rate. It is hardly a noteworthy distinction. On July 1, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador raised the tax two percentage points to 15 per cent, joining Nova Scotia, which increased its harmonized sales tax (HST) in 2010. Prince Edward Island joins the club in…

Don’t blame seniors for Atlantic Canada’s economic difficulties

Instead, it has too few young workers due to a slow economy, caused largetly by government policies

Don’t blame seniors for Atlantic Canada’s economic difficultiesOttawa's health-care funding model is failing. That, at least, is what Atlantic Canada's premiers tell anyone willing to listen. They want Ottawa to direct more health dollars to our region because we have an older population and a shrinking workforce. The premiers say we're being shortchanged. Premier Brian Gallant believes federal health transfers, distributed based…