Fraser Institute

Be Good to Debt and Debt May Be Good to You

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

Debt has been in the news a lot lately. The major news outlets in Canada are paying attention to our record-high household debt levels and are doing some fantastic reporting about the effects of oil prices, housing, health, divorce, and all the other factors that can damage a family's bottom line. Yet amid this rabble of expert voices and real Canadian tales of debt crisis, there was one lone dissenter.

No Need To Worry About Debt, Fraser Institute Says

CP | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — Canadians are carrying record amounts of debt, but they are managing their finances prudently, according to a report by the Fraser Institut...

I Know Exactly How Christy Clark Can Improve Relations With B.C. Public School Teachers

Sarah Collins | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

You see, standardized test results don't paint a full picture. And neither do my words here. You'll just have to come see for yourself.

LOOK: Top Elementary Schools In B.C.

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia

50 schools showed significant improvement in the annual ranking that continues to be dominated by private institutions.

Fraser Institute: Income Tax System Getting Costly, Complex

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Business

As Thursday’s tax filing deadline nears, many procrastinating Canadians are feeling the pressure to gather all their information and start crunching...

Disputed Land Claims The Greatest Deterrent To B.C. Mine Investment

Ravina Bains | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ravina Bains

If the government is serious about stimulating investor confidence in the mining sector, they need to address the land certainty question.

Why A Guaranteed Annual Income Is Unlikely to Solve Poverty

Charles Lammam | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

The risk is that a GAI would become just another program within a larger web of existing government programs. Some programs that target specific groups, particularly groups less able to work -- such as the severely disabled or the elderly -- may be difficult to consolidate into a single "one-size-fits-all" universal program like the GAI.

Sunny Freeman

Problems With A Minimum Income Are 'Insurmountable,' Report Argues

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Business

The idea of a minimum annual income for every Canadian could provide a more efficient alternative social safety net, but reform is an unlikely and unr...

These Provinces Can Expect More Unemployment, Less Investment and Lower Income

Mark Milke | Posted 12.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

By placing bans and moratoria on fracking, governments in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have essentially stopped pursuing socially and environmentally responsible onshore natural resource development, even though jobs and extra tax revenues are sorely needed in the region.

New Brunswick Ignores Neighbour's Energy Success

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant seems poised to follow through on a campaign promise to institute a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. News reports suggest he'll implement that moratorium before Christmas. Quite a lump of coal for the people of his province in need of additional jobs and higher incomes.

The Real Reason Canadians Pay Higher Prices Than Americans For the Same Products

Mark Milke | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

The United States and Canada do not allow for full competition, but Americans benefit from a bigger market given their much larger population. Thus, a continental market in airline travel would serve passengers if an American airline could compete head-to-head with Canadian airlines on domestic routes. But the federal government won't allow it. The result? Higher airline fares in Canada.

Ontario's Debt Situation Is About To Get a Whole Lot Worse

Charles Lammam | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

Consider that in 2013/14 interest on the provincial debt was $10.6 billion. According to the province's fall fiscal update, that was just over half of all provincial sales tax revenue paid by Ontarians last year ($20.5 billion). So Ontarians should know that when you pay your provincial sales tax at the till, half of it flutters away just to pay your provincial government's debt interest.

Don't Throw Out the P3 Baby With the Bathwater

Charles Lammam | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

Something as dull sounding as public-private partnerships (P3s) has suddenly grabbed headlines thanks to a recent report from Ontario's Auditor General. P3s are an increasingly common tool for governments in Canada, and around the world, to provide infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

Democracy in First Nations Communities Requires an Informed Electorate

Ravina Bains | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Ravina Bains

It is unclear why the Chiefs of these 44 communities are choosing to withhold this information from their electorate and Canadian taxpayers. It is particularly peculiar that two of these communities, Weenusk First Nation and Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, previously published their audited financial statements and have now reversed course. That brings up the question: why are these 44 Chiefs afraid of an informed electorate?

Economic Opportunity May Be the Antidote to Radicalism

Mark Milke | Posted 01.08.2015 | 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 12.27.2014 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.07.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 ...