Butter politics show our supply management system is outdated

The nationwide shortage of butter proves that our system of quotas and tariffs on imports is obsolete

Butter politics show our supply management system is outdatedButter politics are making a case for dairy supply management reforms, to the ultimate benefit of Canadian consumers. Canada is apparently experiencing a nationwide shortage of butter. Most consumers have not been directly affected yet — mainly bakeries, restaurants and other institutional purchasers have experienced supply shortages so far. But sporadic reports have filtered out about retail stores running…

Ontario’s per-person debt burden will soon exceed Quebec’s

Both provinces spend between nine and 10 cents out each revenue dollar on debt service payments

Ontario’s per-person debt burden will soon exceed Quebec’sBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Ontario and Quebec, Canada’s two largest provinces, recently released their fall updates on the state of government finances. The updates highlight a marked distinction in the progress that each province has made in terms of deficit reduction. Whereas Ontario continues to run large budget deficits, Quebec…

Federal tax hike another blow to Alberta economy

Alberta’s top rate climbs from 39 per cent to 48 per cent because of recent provincial/federal increases

Federal tax hike another blow to Alberta economyBy Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute In last week’s federal Throne Speech, the Liberal government restated its intention to create a new, higher top federal personal income tax rate. This tax hike will hinder Canada’s economic performance, but it is of particular concern in Alberta. The Liberals’ planned new top marginal tax…

Trudeau government middle-class tax cut right in principle

But it's taking the wrong approach

Trudeau government middle-class tax cut right in principleBy Charles Lammam and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute The Trudeau government delivered its much anticipated Throne Speech earlier this month outlining the main priorities for the coming Parliament. The government emphasized its first and “immediate priority” is to “deliver a tax cut for the middle class,” with legislative changes being announced in the coming…

Deficits in good times lead to trouble in bad times

Trudeau government has rejected the successful policies of the Chretien government in exchange for deficit-financed spending and higher taxes

Deficits in good times lead to trouble in bad timesBy Jason Clemens Niels Veldhuis and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute While the Liberals campaigned on a marked increase in federal spending financed by deficits, Canadians view this approach more negatively than they did during the election campaign, according to a recent Angus Reid poll. Canadians are indeed wise to be skeptical. Running deficits during…

Keeping election promises can be overrated

It is too early to accuse the Trudeau government of breaking its election promises

Keeping election promises can be overratedSome people are getting pretty fussed about the Trudeau government not keeping its election promises. I wonder whether I am the only one who isn’t yet ready to pile on. The accusations are coming pretty fast for a government that has barely had time to find the washrooms. They’re also a bit of a stretch.…

How Uber dodges paying tax in Canada

Uber uses a scheme called Double Dutch to avoid paying any taxes in Canada

How Uber dodges paying tax in CanadaWhy would anyone object to Uber, the user-friendly on-line drive-share service? Uber’s many riders obviously love it, but it seems civic officials are having conniptions. Their main complaint is that Uber drivers are unlicensed to carry passengers and may not have adequate insurance. In addition, officials are genuinely concerned that the presence of Uber creates…

Alberta’s new carbon tax anything but revenue neutral

It is more accurate to describe the Notley government's policy approach as “tax and spend"

Alberta’s new carbon tax anything but revenue neutralBy Ben Eisen and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s claim that her government's new carbon tax is “revenue neutral” is, upon analysis, little more than an obfuscation of terminology. Last week, the Alberta government unveiled its new strategy on climate change, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The strategy calls for…

Justin Trudeau can learn from Chretien’s economic success

Let's hope the new government quickly realizes there is a difference between campaigning and governing

Justin Trudeau can learn from Chretien’s economic successBY Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute All Canadians, regardless of political allegiance or philosophical disposition, should want the federal government to succeed – particularly since the Liberal focus is on promoting stronger economic growth. And to ensure strong economic growth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should heed the lessons of successful governance learned by Jean…

Liberal plan to raise top-earners’ taxes will hurt economy

Poorly conceived personal income tax changes could result in the loss of more entrepreneurial high-income earners

Liberal plan to raise top-earners’ taxes will hurt economyThe new Liberal government plans to raise personal income taxes on the top Canadian income-earners to fund a tax decrease for the middle class. According to Statistics Canada, to be in the top 1 per cent in 2013, a tax-filer needed to have a total income of at least $222,000. To be in the top 10…