New NDP government puts B.C. finances back on shaky ground

The B.C. government has sent a troubling signal that big spending, tax increases and deficits are back as the prevailing fiscal policies

New NDP government puts B.C. finances back on shaky groundBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute During the spring 2017 election campaign, John Horgan convinced many British Columbians that his NDP government would be different than the previous New Democratic regime, particularly when it came to the province’s finances. Unfortunately, the first few months of NDP reign don’t augur well for the…

B.C.’s new government heads for a familiar debt trap

The New Democrats offer up a significant and impressive list of expenditures, with no clear plan how it will pay for them

B.C.’s new government heads for a familiar debt trapBritish Columbia’s NDP government has just treated residents to its first throne speech, followed by an interim budget to carry it through until February, which is the usual month for annual budgets. Looking at all the good things being promised, the budget makes one think of Christmas in September. The new government is being bountiful,…

Alberta a black hole for private sector jobs

The province’s overall score on labour market performance is in the bottom half of North American jurisdictions

Alberta a black hole for private sector jobsBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Go west, young man. Not long ago that was sound advice for a young person struggling to find opportunities in Eastern and Central Canada. While it may still hold true for parts of Western Canada, it’s no longer the case for Alberta, once the pillar of…

Alberta finance minister fear-mongers after credit rating downgrade

Rather than raise the spectre of massive disruptions to public services, Ceci should look to Saskatchewan for an example of productive spending discipline

Alberta finance minister fear-mongers after credit rating downgradeBy Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute Standard & Poor’s recently announced it was once again downgrading Alberta’s credit rating – this time, by two notches, from AA to A+. No surprise, given that ratings agencies warned this could happen after the latest provincial budget was unveiled in March. And yet, rather than addressing the long-term…

Modernizing labour laws could set Alberta up for economic success

The mark of a dynamic economy with flexible labour laws is one where employers and workers can quickly and easily respond to market changes

Modernizing labour laws could set Alberta up for economic successBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Alberta’s key labour laws could soon change. Those reforms should focus on creating a more dynamic economy to benefit all Albertans. While Premier Rachel Notley’s government has not detailed what changes may be in store, it’s reviewing a swath of issues, including leave from work, termination and rules related to…

What’s so clever about these leftist strategies?

If the left is so clever, how come the man they call a moron or a narcissist waxed them in the election against St. Hillary?

What’s so clever about these leftist strategies?Consider the George W. Bush paradox. According to the attack strategy employed by Michael Moore and his pals, U.S. president #43 was either capable of the most intricate conspiracies the world has ever known or he was a blithering idiot. How could Bush be both evil genius and town fool? Depending on the day, marshmallow…

Left’s belief in free market of ideas honoured only in the breach

What is even more disturbing is the incestuous relationship between the left and vast tracts of the legacy media

Left’s belief in free market of ideas honoured only in the breachThere’s a liberal truism that goes, people can believe anything they want – so long as it’s the same thing. As the Women’s March On Washington amply demonstrated, the left’s free market in ideas and opinions is honoured more in the breach than in the observance. The robust turnout last weekend is a classic example…

Sid Ryan: the final roar of the socialist lion?

Can Ryan ride the new populist, nationalist and anti-establishment wave that’s sweeping through western democracies – as a socialist?

Sid Ryan: the final roar of the socialist lion?The world has understandably been consumed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s first days in office. Controversial decisions, including renegotiating trade deals and stricter rules for immigration, have created a tsunami-like media frenzy. Yet while so many were engulfed by a range of Trump-sparked emotions from total angst to partial schadenfreude, other intriguing news stories were occurring – one of them in…

Obama’s ‘legacy’ little more than a fading stain

Obama’s legacy may be end up being that there really wasn’t a legacy at all

Obama’s ‘legacy’ little more than a fading stainCNN host Fareed Zakaria has produced two recent specials about outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama. The first two-hour special, The Legacy of Barack Obama, first ran in early December . The second, The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House, airs Wednesday. Zakaria’s films du jour attempt to create a mythology about…

Notley’s tax hikes compounded a bad year for Alberta

Aside from the approval of two crucial pipeline projects, Alberta didn't have much to celebrate in 2016

Notley’s tax hikes compounded a bad year for AlbertaAlberta Premier Rachel Notley recently claimed that 2016 was a good year for her government. For Albertans, however, it was another very difficult year. Aside from the approval of two crucial pipeline projects, Albertans haven’t had much to celebrate. The economy is no longer in free fall, but with the unemployment rate at nine per…