Fraser Institute

Economic Opportunity May Be the Antidote to Radicalism

Mark Milke | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

The recent killing of two Canadian soldiers by self-professed, radicalized young men who became enamoured with a violent interpretation of Islam will bring up multiple assertions about the "root cause" for such attacks. Economic freedom and the institutional "pillars" that undergird it matter.

LNG Not The Climate Change Solution B.C. Promises: Report

CP | Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A report from the Pembina Institute pokes holes in the British Columbia government's claim that exporting liquefied natural gas is the gre...

West Vancouver Spends Twice As Much As Surrey: Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A new report comparing per capita spending among 17 Metro Vancouver municipalities says there are significant discrepancies across the reg...

Want Smarter Government? Focus it

Mark Milke | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

There are multiple reasons why governments choose the policy paths they do. Political survival is perhaps the most obvious explanation. But as with any organization, divesting of unnecessary businesses, projects and tasks that are off-mission helps sharpen the focus. That matters if one cares about smarter, more effective government.

No Province Should Ignore the Benefits of Fracking

Mark Milke | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Politicians are free to ignore the science, safety and history of hydraulic fracturing. But if the incoming New Brunswick government sticks with its election promise, it will outlaw (temporarily, at least) one of the more innovative ways to extract oil and gas in the 21st century. The science and risk-reward ratio are both on the side of hydraulic fracturing. The potential for a more dynamic economy is staring New Brunswick politicians in the face.

If Albertans Bank on Renewable Energy They'll Get Robbed

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice's energy policy comments are troubling. According to newspaper reports, Mr. Prentice has embraced the idea of replacing Alberta's coal-fired electrical generation, not with natural gas, but with renewable energy -- wind and solar power. But experience suggests that the bank accounts of Albertans will take a big hit should the plan move ahead.

There's Good Reason to Monitor Government Spending

Mark Milke | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Too many use Orwellian language to propose something contrary to the public good. But, considering the reality of power, the term "taxpayer" helps people focus on the real cost of political decisions that favour a narrow interest, ones which can injure the good life for everyone else.

Sunny Freeman

Fraser Institute Blasts Canada's 'Biased' Labour Relations Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.