New Brunswick faces a painful population crunch

The rapid increase in the elderly population is creating a fiscal crisis, which demands innovative solutions

New Brunswick faces a painful population crunchA shrinking labour force and a rapidly-growing population of non-employed seniors in relation to active full-time workers represents an enormous challenge to New Brunswick over the next three decades. The demographic trajectory of New Brunswick has been creeping up over time. For every 100 working-age people, there were 15 seniors in 1971 and 21 in…

Another province calls Trudeau’s carbon tax bluff

Wearing thin is the insistence from carbon tax proponents across Canada that there was no other way this could have played out

When the Alberta government introduced its carbon dioxide emissions tax, ministers often claimed that if they hadn’t, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would impose his own tax, leaving taxpayers worse off. More than a year later, New Brunswick is challenging that ‘we have no choice’ assertion. In December, Premier Brian Gallant’s government announced that instead of introducing a…

New Brunswick’s tax strategy drains the economy

The Laffer curve shows us that taxing the rich too much simply drives down economic activity, and pushes the tax burden to mid- and low-income earners

New Brunswick’s tax strategy drains the economySometimes governments increase tax rates but actually end up with less tax revenue. New Brunswick is a good example of this paradox. The province’s income tax rates have been erratic over the last decade, particularly for the top tier of earners. The top rate of provincial income tax decreased from 17.95 per cent in 2008…

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…

Minimum wage prices low-skilled workers out of a job

Governments should abolish the fruitless minimum wage if they want to do right by young and low-income persons

Minimum wage prices low-skilled workers out of a jobHigh unemployment in Atlantic Canada is a longstanding problem. For over four decades, unemployment rates have consistently exceeded the national rate. It is critical for the provinces to reduce barriers to work. Yet governments do the opposite when they raise the legislated minimum wage, as all four Maritime provinces did last April. With each increase,…

New Brunswickers should raise a glass to Gerard Comeau

New Brunswick has finally lowered its beer prices after a court challenge over punitive provincial trade barriers to the movement of alcohol. But the fight is far from over

New Brunswickers should raise a glass to Gerard ComeauNew Brunswickers are enjoying significantly lower beer prices thanks to Gerard Comeau, his team of pro bono lawyers and the Canadian Constitution Foundation. Where a 24-can pack of beer like Budweiser or Coors used to cost $43, it’s now only $36. That’s because, last spring, a New Brunswick court struck down a law prohibiting anyone…

NB needs a better funding formula for low-income students

The experience across Canada suggests little correlation between tuition rates and post-secondary education participation among low-income persons

NB needs a better funding formula for low-income studentsHALIFAX, N.S., April 26, 2017 /Troy Media/ – New Brunswick needs to look for better options to improve access to post-secondary education. Last year, the provincial government launched the Tuition Access Bursary (TAB). The bursary provides funding for up to the full cost of tuition at public universities and community colleges. It’s available to students from…

City-bound: the changing face of New Brunswick

As population declines outside of the province’s big three centres continues, it should force a rethink on how to nurture growth in rural areas

City-bound: the changing face of New BrunswickHALIFAX, N.S., April 6, 2017 /Troy Media/ – New Brunswick is often thought of as a rural place, aided by the absence of a single large urban centre. This sets it apart from the other three Atlantic provinces, which all have one dominant city. Figures from the 2016 census suggest things may be changing. New Brunswick's urbanization…

N.B. on its way to building a more inclusive democracy

Electoral reform recommendations seek to build a bigger democratic tent and populate it with under-represented New Brunswickers

N.B. on its way to building a more inclusive democracyFREDERICTON, N.B. Mar. 14, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Democracy only works if all citizens have an equal role in the process. New Brunswick is working diligently to ensure that equality remains entrenched. The province has completed the first stage of its electoral reform journey. Earlier this month, an independent commission submitted a list of recommendations for reform.…

Soda taxes all fizz, no substance in changing consumers’ habits

Such taxes do little to reduce consumption of targeted products, don't change health habits and can produce perverse, unintended consequences

Soda taxes all fizz, no substance in changing consumers’ habitsHALIFAX, N.S. March 3, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) has released the results of a survey about various health-related public policies. Chief among its recommendations is a tax on sugary drinks. At first glance, the logic of a soda tax appears to be sound. Higher costs on unhealthy food items…
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