Why the Alberta Advantage was flawed from the beginning

Any economic strategy needs to focus on helping all Albertans over the long term, and counting on a volatile energy industry is not the answer

Why the Alberta Advantage was flawed from the beginningConservative media pundits are raining fire on Alberta's New Democrat government for surrendering the Alberta Advantage. According to Sun Media columnist Lorne Gunter, “When the NDP took power in May 2015, Alberta had the lowest top combined federal/provincial/sales tax rate of all 60 provinces and states in Canada and the U.S.” And where are we…

Feds should eliminate special tax preferences but ….

... not to simply increase revenue but to use the extra revenue to reduce overall tax rates

Feds should eliminate special tax preferences but ….By Charles Lammam and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute As part of its review of the tax code, the federal government may eliminate its tax exemption for employer-provided health and dental plans. The move would be positive – but only if the government uses the extra revenue to reduce overall tax rates. The government allows Canadians to…

Highway robbery: the case against toll roads

The argument in favour of tolls in Toronto fails on several levels, even for those whose fiscal persuasion is conservative

Highway robbery: the case against toll roadsToll roads have existed since ancient times. But charging fees for using public or private roadways still causes consternation. Toronto Mayor John Tory recently announced his support for a $2 road toll on two city highways, the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. This would raise funds toward fulfilling his 2014 election campaign promise of…

Trump’s energy, environmental policies threat to Canadian business

If Canada introduces national carbon pricing and the United States doesn't, how are our businesses expected to compete?

Trump’s energy, environmental policies threat to Canadian businessAs president-elect Donald Trump prepares to assume office, it's clear that major changes are in store for American climate and energy policy. And those changes will impact Canada. Trump’s cabinet appointments, in conjunction with the Republican Party’s platform in the 2016 election, leave little doubt that the United States will adopt an approach to environmental…

Alberta turns away from economic freedom

The government is ushering in policy changes that endanger the engine that has produced growth, job creation and prosperity

Alberta turns away from economic freedomBy Fred McMahon and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute Things are changing in Alberta – and not for the better. Each year, the Fraser Institute publishes the Economic Freedom of North America report. It compares economic freedom in Canada's provinces, and states of the United States and Mexico. Alberta regularly ranks as the freest jurisdiction on the continent. Unfortunately,…

B.C. business tax ball now in Clark’s court

B.C. has one of the highest overall tax rates on new investment in Canada and the developed world

B.C. business tax ball now in Clark’s courtBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute If the B.C. government is serious about attracting more investment, it must reform the provincial sales tax. Earlier this year, the provincial government commissioned a group of experts to provide recommendations on how to make British Columbia’s business taxes more competitive and conducive to investment. Their…

Carbon pricing a triumph of ideology over reason

Pricing carbon is based on Canada joining a worldwide effort, but going it alone while partners refuse is a triumph of ideology over reason

Carbon pricing a triumph of ideology over reasonCanada's political and business leaders are pursuing an emissions-reduction agenda that will harm our nation's citizens and our economy. And it's an agenda that defies prevailing world trends. The COP 22 Marrakech Climate Change Conference began on Nov. 7 and included pro-emissions-reduction delegations from Canada and the United States. Imagine their shock when, just 24 hours later, they…

Donald Trump’s irrational tax-cut obsession

The rich all over the world already hide their profits and dodge taxes on a regular basis, so what will be gained by cutting U.S. taxes?

Donald Trump’s irrational tax-cut obsessionNobody likes to pay taxes but Donald Trump's tax-cutting obsession seems particularly foolish. After all, even within the existing U.S. tax regime, president-elect Trump, a billionaire, apparently hasn't paid personal taxes for almost 20 years. So what lies behind the seemingly irrational obsession? Ever since colonial Americans threw tea into Boston Harbor to protest King…

Trump’s tax plan impetus for corporate tax cuts in Canada

In the global economy, the corporate tax rate is an important component in driving economic growth, investment and workers' wages

Trump’s tax plan impetus for corporate tax cuts in CanadaDonald Trump's election has created a lot of uncertainty about U.S. economic policies. But the president-elect has been consistent about his business taxation plan. And that plan has clear implications for Canada. Trump proposes to dramatically reduce the federal corporate income tax rate, from 35 per cent to 15 per cent. This policy would significantly reduce…

Trudeau government’s fiscal plan doesn’t match its rhetoric

Digging deeper into debt while investing little in growth-enhancing infrastructure

Trudeau government’s fiscal plan doesn’t match its rhetoricBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Since coming into power, the federal Liberals have said they would pursue deficit spending to make investments that will drive Canada’s long-term economic growth. As Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently put it, “we believe that we should be focused on making investments for today and for…
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