Trudeau government faces challenging economic times in 2016

Its best response to the crisis would be to ensure responsible public finances and a competitive tax environment

Trudeau government faces challenging economic times in 2016The Trudeau government has a full agenda on its plate for 2016 given the global political and economic environment, as well as its own list of election promises. Yet, the fundamental issue that Ottawa must deal with is simple: how Canada will continue to make its economic way in the world given the end of…

10 reasons Liberals wrong to ram through election reform

Mess with democracy at your own risk, Mr. Trudeau

10 reasons Liberals wrong to ram through election reformI was on a CTV panel when the Speech from the Throne was read out. This part wasn’t a surprise, but I was surprised the Liberals were doubling down on it: “The Government will . . . take action to ensure that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.” There are 10 reasons…

Electoral reform only legit with a referendum

With only 39.47 per cent in popular support, the Trudeau government's plan for electoral reform is blatantly undemocratic

Electoral reform only legit with a referendumThe federal Liberal proposal for electoral reform in Canada has its merits. The government’s plan to force improvements to our democracy, however, is blatantly undemocratic. Let’s examine why. One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s key strategies was that the 2015 federal election would be the last “held under the first-past-the-post voting system.” While it wasn’t…

Liberals reward chiefs, First Nations bands at expense of members

The Trudeau government is giving a pass to bands for their lack of financial transparency

Liberals reward chiefs, First Nations bands at expense of membersThe federal government recently chose to lift sanctions and restore salaries for the 43 First Nation chiefs that were not complying with the First Nations Transparency Act and withholding basic financial information from their members and the Canadian public. The First Nations Transparency Act requires chiefs to publicly release the band’s audited financial statements as…

Trudeau shines as our photo-op PM

But if Joe and Jane Frontporch sense that Trudeau's all sizzle, and no steak, he's toast

Trudeau shines as our photo-op PMMost people – most normal people, anyway – pay little or no attention to politics. They’re Joe and Jane Frontporch, and they’re busy. Ferrying the kids to and from hockey practice, getting stuck in traffic, worrying about paying the mortgage or the rent, trying to catch up on their sleep. Busy. They don’t have time…

Economic freedom and Canada’s public policy schizophrenia

The Trudeau and Notley governments appear intent on repeating B.C.'s mistakes from the 1990s and Ontario's today

Economic freedom and Canada’s public policy schizophreniaIn international rankings of economic freedom, Canada has soared past the United States, so it should be no surprise that among sub-national jurisdictions in North America (which encompasses 10 Canadian provinces, 50 U.S. states and 32 Mexican states) three Canadian provinces – Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan – ranked at the top using 2013 data,…

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…

Canadian conservatives need to pause, regroup

Despite the hype, Canadian conservatism will recover

Canadian conservatives need to pause, regroupPolitics, by nature, is a system of ebbs and flows. Ideological positions pass in and out of vogue with the electorate. Support for certain policy positions, including the size of government, taxes, funding of social services and international affairs, swings frequently on the left-right pendulum. Political parties and leaders are called triumphant warriors in one…

Trudeau’s ethics guide to ministers is full of loopholes

Tough new rules are needed to ensure that cabinet ministers and their staff stay true to new ethical standards

Trudeau’s ethics guide to ministers is full of loopholesJustin Trudeau's mandate letters to ministers reminds them that they must be honest, impartial and maintain the highest ethical standards, including avoiding even the appearance of a conflict of interest. However, the prime minister's accountability guide, which sets out the above standards, is not legally binding. Neither the letters nor the guide set out any penalties for…

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…