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Let's Get Atlantic Canada Out Of Its Have-Not Status

(16) Comments | Posted February 7, 2017 | 7:57 AM

Last Saturday, at the debate in Halifax, other candidates accused me of abandoning Atlantic Canada. They said that my proposal to freeze the equalization budget until we review its funding and the way the money is being distributed is going to hurt the region economically.

Of course, in the...

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This Is The Worst Reason To Have Strong Federal Ministers

(29) Comments | Posted January 16, 2017 | 9:58 AM

Following last week's cabinet shuffle in Ottawa, La Presse's editorialist-in-chief François Cardinal complained that Stéphane Dion's departure was a big loss for Quebec. Not because Dion was good at his job as foreign affairs minister. Not because his renown reflected well on Quebec. Rather because, according to him,...

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Canada's Immigration Policy Must Aim To Fulfill Our Economic Needs

(26) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 10:12 AM

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Maxime Bernier is seen at the Conservative leadership candidates' bilingual debate in Moncton, N.B. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Conservatives vote for a new party leader on May 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Immigration has become a very contentious issue in politics. We've...

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Conservatives Will Lose If We Obsess About Canadian 'Values'

(50) Comments | Posted September 16, 2016 | 4:53 PM

My colleague Kellie Leitch has been going on for days now talking about "Canadian values."

As I said when the issue first came up, I agree with her that there are fundamental values such as freedom, equality before the law, tolerance for diversity, and equality...

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If Trudeau Can't Define the Middle Class, How Can He Work For Them?

(61) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 5:29 PM

Should we trust a political leader who does not understand basic economic notions? This question is becoming more and more relevant as the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, keeps making absurd statements about the economy.

One of his key promises is that he won't raise...

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Like Father Like Son: Trudeau Is Courting Debt

(84) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Now that its Montreal convention is over, we know a little bit more about the Liberal Party's economic program. One of its central planks is this: budget deficits are a good way to grow the economy and we should not be afraid to get further into debt.

In a...

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Entrepreneurs will make the oil sands greener

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 10:19 AM

Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
Critics of Alberta's oil sands development have been saying for years that it should be scaled down, stopped, or at the very least highly taxed and heavily regulated to help contain its effects on the environment.
A more...

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Canada Survived the Downturn By Ignoring Keynes

(109) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 1:02 PM

Since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2007, Keynesianism came back into fashion. One of John Maynard Keynes's central ideas is that when you find yourself in a crisis or a recession, the best solution is to increase government spending. Government spending will sustain overall demand, put everyone back...

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Civil Servants Must Cut Red Tape or Lose Their Bonuses

(22) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 7:01 AM

Governments all over the world have been talking for several decades now about reducing red tape, or what is called the "administrative burden" of regulation. In Canada, there has been one federal report on the issue every five or 10 years since the 1970s.

Yet, there is a distinct...

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