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…

Yes, the Alberta tax advantage is gone

The Notley government's decision to undermine Alberta’s tax advantage by increasing tax rates has harmed the province’s growth prospects

Yes, the Alberta tax advantage is goneBy Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute The Fraser Institute recently released a study documenting the erosion of Alberta’s once substantial tax advantage. Specifically, it showed that, until recently, Alberta benefitted from uniquely competitive and pro-growth personal and corporate income tax systems, but these key advantages have been wiped away by recent tax hikes.…

Death of a tyrant

The best assessment of Castro came from his daughter Alina who, when told he was a dictator, replied: “Strictly speaking, Fidel is a tyrant”

Death of a tyrantI never liked Fidel Castro. Not even a little bit. Part of my aversion had to do with a general antipathy towards 20th century dictators, especially charismatic ones. They were, after all, the most dangerous. Intelligent people who waxed apoplectic over the alleged authoritarian tendencies of Stephen Harper and wet the bed over the prospect…

Justin Trudeau’s unforgettable Fidel faux pas

No matter who wrote the statement, the prime minister’s name is on it, effectively ending his political honeymoon

Justin Trudeau’s unforgettable Fidel faux pasThere’s been much speculation as to what it would take for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s extended political honeymoon to end. The answer, it turns out, is a recently deceased Marxist-Leninist revolutionary. The PM’s official statement about Fidel Castro, the 90-year-old former president of Cuba who died on Nov. 25, has been ripped apart by critics…

Government policies threaten economic freedom in Canada

Policy developments at the federal level as well as in Ontario and Alberta threaten Canada’s reputation as a bulwark of economic freedom

Government policies threaten economic freedom in CanadaBy Fred McMahon and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute Canada ranks a remarkable fifth in the world in economic freedom, just behind Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Switzerland. The “land of the maple leaf” is far ahead of our southern neighbour, supposedly the “land of the free.” The United States ranks 16th out of…

Albertans, Americans becoming less free to prosper

It's troubling to see Alberta make policy choices similar to the ones that have undermined economic freedom in the U.S.

Albertans, Americans becoming less free to prosperBy Ben Eisen and Fred McMahon The Fraser Institute Just as the United States has long served as a global exemplar of economic freedom and prosperity, Alberta has shown other provinces how to provide liberty and economic opportunity. Sadly, economic freedom is in retreat in both places. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the U.S. was…

Alberta’s cap on oil sands emissions could cost billions

The cumulative value of lost production from 2027 to 2040 could total C$150 billion (in 2015 dollars), with negligible environmental benefit

Alberta’s cap on oil sands emissions could cost billionsBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute Alberta’s energy industry has been hit hard by the decline in oil prices, but the province is still home to the world’s third largest oil reserves, and despite a temporary glut, oil will still largely power the world for the foreseeable future. However, just how…

Crony capitalism, socialism leading to Venezuela’s collapse

Hopefully, as disaster looms, Venezuela can start down a road away from both crony capitalism and socialism

Crony capitalism, socialism leading to Venezuela’s collapseImagine a city where menus don’t print prices because inflation drives them higher daily; where streets are ghostly empty after dark and the murder rate is the world’s highest; where people queue for hours for meagre supplies of medicines and food, leaving many hungry and sick; where farmers don’t bring goods to market because roads…