Jason Clemens
Jason Clemens is the Fraser Institute’s Executive Vice-President. Mr. Clemens held a number of positions with the Fraser Institute between 1996 and 2008, including Director of Research Quality, Director of Budgeting and Strategic Planning, and Director of Fiscal Studies. He most recently worked with the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) as Director of Research and held a similar position with the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute for over three years. Mr. Clemens has an Honours Bachelors Degree of Commerce and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of Windsor as well as a Post Baccalaureate Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University. He has published over 70 major studies on a wide range of topics, including taxation, government spending, labor market regulation, banking, welfare reform, health care, productivity, and entrepreneurship. In 2011, he was awarded (along with his co-authors) the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for the best-selling book The Canadian Century.

Entries by Jason Clemens

Sorry Mr. Trump, Canadian Health Care is not Working

(228) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 8:06 AM

Co-authored by Bacchus Barua, Senior Health Economist, Fraser Institute

As is often the case in U.S. politics -- though normally on the Democratic side of the aisle -- Canada's health care system was raised as a functioning alternative to the American model. Specifically, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump described...

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A National Sales Tax Would Create a Real Opportunity for the U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:37 PM

A recent lead editorial in one of the world's most prominent newspapers, the Wall Street Journal, pointed out the risks associated with the United States adopting a national sales tax, or value-added tax (VAT). The problem with the editorial, however, is that it selectively analyzed the tax reform...

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Prentice's Path: Getty or Klein?

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is in the midst of formulating his first budget and the fiscal path of the province while watching oil prices continue to decline. In this environment, the key question for the new premier is: will he follow the lead of former Premier Don Getty - and...

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Harper's Income Splitting Is a Missed Opportunity

(28) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 6:48 PM

After seven consecutive years of budget deficits, the federal government is finally set to balance the budget. While the government has long expressed that tax relief is its top post-deficit priority, the major question has always been: what form will the tax relief take?

Now we finally know. Prime Minister...

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Ontario Could Save Up To $1.9 Billion Each Year By Doing This

(7) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Ontario's financial status quo is not sustainable. That's the conclusion of numerous independent analyses, the former provincial treasurer, and the province's own commission on reform of public sector services. Yet despite these warnings, the province has allowed an unsustainable set of fiscal policies to persist while missing opportunities for reform.

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What Kevin O'Leary Gets Wrong About Business

(10) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Each week, millions of Canadians learn about the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship while being entertained by one of the country's most successful television shows, CBC's Dragon's Den. Each week, entrepreneurs pitch their ideas and companies to successful Canadian businesspeople in the hopes of securing both financing and...

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Ontario Usurps California's Role as Poster Child for Debt

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 12:44 PM

It has been more than two years since an independent commission submitted its report to the Ontario government on the province's poor public finances and high government debt. The report's findings were sobering. The government needed to implement more than 360 reforms to restrain the growth in government spending or...

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Today's Liberals Could Ruin Canada

(46) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 4:28 PM

The policy direction of the Liberal Party of Canada and its leader Justin Trudeau, as evidenced by the speeches, motions, and debate at the recent national party convention seem to indicate that the party is rejecting the successful pragmatism of the 1990s. Instead, the federal Liberals favour a...

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Technology Should Revolutionize Education

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 5:24 PM

There is almost no aspect of life that has not been fundamentally changed and re-ordered over the past 100 years through new technology and innovation. Think for instance of how we communicate, travel, work, and even rest, and you're hard-pressed to find one aspect of life that has not been...

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Tough Times Ahead For The BC Liberals

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 1:02 AM

The BC Liberals and particularly Premier Christy Clark deserve the praise they're receiving for their surprise electoral victory. After all, the Liberals reversed a double-digit deficit in the polls and ended up securing a majority government. This moment of jubilation for the Liberals and their supporters will be...

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CUPE Prefers Screaming and Insults Over Adult Conversation

(4) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 6:08 PM

With governments collectively racking up almost $46 billion in deficits last year and continuing to struggle with health care costs as the population ages, both governments and citizens are concerned that tax dollars are spent wisely.

One of the major costs for governments is the compensation of public sector...

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Not All Tax Cuts Are Good Tax Cuts

(5) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Milton Friedman was famous for his one-liners. One of his most repeated lines was: "I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible." Friedman believed government was too large and intrusive, and that by cutting taxes, the...

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Lax Heritage Fund Rules Allow Governments to Plunder Alberta's Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 7:57 PM

In 1987, the value of Alberta's Heritage Savings and Trust Fund stood at $12.7 billion. That year, the province faced a massive budget deficit and transfers to the fund from resource revenues were suspended. Such deposits did not resume again until almost two decades later and only lasted two years...

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B.C. Prosperity Fund Good Idea If Properly Designed

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:01 PM

B.C.'s governing Liberals presented a throne speech recently that included an unexpected announcement: the creation of a B.C. Prosperity Fund similar in concept to Alberta's Heritage Fund.

B.C.'s fund is meant to capitalize on the future opportunities from natural gas development. If done...

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Don't Tax the Rich

(120) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 1:02 PM

A policy issue that permeated political debates around the world in 2012 was the idea of raising taxes on high-income earners. In the U.S., it stood front and centre in President Obama's re-election. Several governments in Europe went beyond debate and introduced higher tax rates. Here at home, higher taxes...

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