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…

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.…

Canada needs to recommit to prosperity-producing policies

The Chretien Consensus served Canadians well for more than a decade and can again

Canada needs to recommit to prosperity-producing policiesBy Jason Clemens Niels Veldhuis and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Canada’s sweeping rejection of the Chretien consensus amounts to a puzzling and hopefully temporary repudiation of prosperity and the policies that produced it. A generation ago, Canada enjoyed a renaissance. The revival was rooted in sound fiscal policy (balanced budgets, focused spending and tax…

Proposed changes to Canada’s labour laws favour unions over workers

Proposed policies changes strengthen the power of unions

Proposed changes to Canada’s labour laws favour unions over workersBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Canada’s new federal government campaigned on policies aimed at making labour laws fairer and more balanced, and the prime minister recently confirmed this commitment in his public mandate letter to the minister charged with the labour portfolio. But the proposed labour policies will strengthen the power of unions…

Finance minister former chair of CD Howe Institute

The research and ideas Morneau was exposed to during his time at the CD Howe Institute should help shape government policy

Finance minister former chair of CD Howe InstituteBy Ben Eisen and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute In the coming months, finance minister Bill Morneau, the former chair of the C.D. Howe Institute, will be tasked with one of the government’s most important responsibilities: crafting and delivering its first budget. We hope the research and ideas Morneau was exposed to during his time…

Trudeau should rethink the finance minister’s mandate

The prime minister has to seriously rethink some of the priorities

Trudeau should rethink the finance minister’s mandateBy Charles Lammam and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute In an attempt to increase transparency, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made “mandate letters” to his ministers publicly available. These letters are intended to clarify the focus of each minister’s portfolio. When it comes to the mandate delineated for the minister of finance, the prime minister…

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…