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Sunny Freeman

Fraser Institute Blasts Canada's 'Biased' Labour Relations Laws | Sunny Freeman | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Business

Just when it seemed that the debate over right-to-work laws had calmed, Canada’s most well-known conservative think-tank has released a report blas...

How the Government's Interest Payments Are Costing You

Sean Speer | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

Governments must make interest payments on their debt similar to families who pay interest on borrowing for mortgages, vehicles, or credit card spending. These interest payments leave fewer resources available for important priorities such as tax relief and spending on public programs such as health care, education, and social services.

Canadians Pay A Lot In Taxes, Fraser Institute Reminds Us

CP | Alexandra Bosanac, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Business

VANCOUVER - A new study says the average Canadian family was spending more on taxes than on food, shelter and clothing combined.The Fraser Institute s...

Surprise! Your Taxes Have Gone Up

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Business

Tax Freedom Day for the average Canadian family fell on June 9 this year, one day later than last, as Canadians saw broad-based — though relatively ...

This Report on Obesity Has Good Points and Bad Conclusions

Bill Bogart | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Bill Bogart

The Fraser Institute's report "Obesity in Canada: Overstated Problems, Misguided Policy Solutions" makes lots of good points. But its conclusions based on these good points demonstrate animosity to regulatory intervention that has any whiff of interference with its vision of market forces.

Fraser Institute's Anti-Tax Rant Contains Worst Impression Ever

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Business

They say two things in life are unavoidable: death and taxes. The free-market Fraser Institute has decided to take on one of these in a new video that...

The Largest Expense in a Canadian Family's Budget Will Surprise You

Charles Lammam | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

Like other Canadians, you work hard for your money. Faced with essential expenses such as food, clothing, and shelter, your household budget may feel squeezed. But what if we told you, your family's biggest expense is taxes?

Is The Obesity Epidemic A Myth?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living

There is no obesity epidemic, says a free market think tank. In a report titled "Obesity in Canada: Overstated Problems, Misguided Policy Solutions...

Bragging to America Won't Fix Canadian Health Care

Bacchus Barua | Posted 05.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Bacchus Barua

A recent testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee by Dr. Danielle Martin, former head of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare, has given Canadians the chance to indulge in what may be a favourite pastime -- criticizing the American health care system. While the American health care system has some important shortcomings, the same holds true for Canada's. Inordinately long wait times, medical resource shortages, and ballooning healthcare costs have become defining characteristics of healthcare in our country -- and denigrating the American approach will not fix those problems.

Sunny Freeman

Hudak's Plan For Ontario Would Drive Down Wages: Study | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Business

Right-to-work laws in Ontario would reduce wages and make working life worse for everyone, a new report by North America’s largest construction unio...

Seeking Relief Outside Canada

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

That a considerable number of Canadians traveled and paid to escape the well-known failings of the Canadian health-care system speaks volumes about how well the system is working for them. It leaves open the question of just how many more Canadians might choose medical tourism outside Canada if given the opportunity.

A Northern Gateway to Conflict

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The federal government might wish to consider the message it would send if it failed to uphold Enbridge's right to conduct lawful business in Canada, as approved by the National Energy Board, after extensive consultation and public involvement.

Taxpayers Have Been Generous to First Nations

Mark Milke | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Canada's taxpayers have been increasingly generous to Aboriginal Canadians over the decades, but that reality is not often the narrative one hears from selected First Nations leaders. Instead, the oft-stated opinion is that taxpayers should ante up ever more. A quick look at the numbers shows us why that view will always be tragically misinformed.

This Province Gives The Most To Charity

CBC | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Alberta

A new report by the Fraser Institute measuring charitable giving found Albertans give the most money to charity, but don't rank as high when it c...

They Can Make Or Break Oil And Gas

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - There are more than 600 major resource projects worth $650 billion planned in Western Canada over the next decade but relations with First...

The Costs of Canada's Inability to Ship Oil to Market

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

As almost everyone knows by now, Canada has some interesting challenges looming when it comes to transporting increasing oil production to markets both inside and outside of Canada. What many Canadians might not realize is how important oil exports are to Canada's economy, and how these exports may have become a crutch.

Why Won't Mine Industry Invest In B.C.?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia and federal governments should settle outstanding aboriginal land claims in the westernmost province to eliminate the...

Nigeria's a Mess -- But Don't Blame the Oil

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The tragedy in Nigeria is less about the oil itself than it is about failed governance. Without radical improvements in public policy, Nigeria will continue to be a poor destination for investment. That's bad for everyone. But don't blame the petroleum for the problems there -- blame the public policy.

Savvy Roundup: Hannah Montana, Creative Breakfasts and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

This week there was a lot that caught my attention -- from the rock/porn star formerly known as Hannah Montana, to creative breakfasts, the cost of raising a child and Max, the autistic child who was a victim of hate.

Cut the Orwellian Apologies for Corporate Welfare

Mark Milke | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Bombardier is a fine Canadian-based company and one hopes it prospers in the years ahead and employs even more people -- but without taxpayer assistance. Governments should not pick winners and losers with taxpayer money or prop up industries with funds from other sectors, companies and individuals.

Technology Should Revolutionize Education

Jason Clemens | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Clemens

Yet there is one significant aspect of society where very little has changed over the last century: education. It is the one area where a worker, in this case a teacher, from 1913 could be transported to 2013 and adapt quite easily to the modern world.

End Foreign Ownership Rules In Telecom: Report

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - If the federal government really wants healthy competition in the wireless market, a new report says it should just do away with the limits o...

Think Globally, Not Locally

Mark Milke | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Plenty of people will shamelessly demand government spend lots of extra money to "buy local," even if the cost is millions or billions of dollars more. This is daft. The notion that jobs in Canada come at the cost of employment in Japan, India, China or Germany, or vice-versa, is profoundly mistaken. Jobs can be created in one's own country and abroad at the same time.

Bulk Drug Purchasing Is Too Good to Be True

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

As part of their struggle with budget realities and the growing cost of health care, Canada's provinces continue to work on bulk purchasing agreements for pharmaceuticals as a way to save money. Unfortunately, the recent release from the Council of the Federation (the council of Canada's premiers) suffers from the typical one-sided approach that characterizes much of the drug policy discussion. Yes, there are up front savings to be had. But there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Buying Wines From Other Provinces Still Makes For Sour Grapes

Mark Milke | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

As vacationers travel around Canada this summer, here is a question to ponder for those who sip fine Canadian wine: why do so many provincial politicians oppose free trade in wine among the provinces?