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Maxime Bernier

Conservative MP for Beauce and CPC Leadership Candidate

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Canada's Future PM Needs Experience Beyond Politics

Career politicians who have never worked in the private sector tend to see the world only through the lens of politics and are disconnected from the priorities of ordinary citizens. On the other hand, someone who wants to become prime minister must have the ability to govern and know the workings of our institutions if he is to succeed.
05/01/2017 11:20 EDT
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Let's Get Atlantic Canada Out Of Its Have-Not Status

The question we should be asking is: How can we create the best conditions for Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs to create jobs and wealth? My approach is not to impose Ottawa's will on the provinces, but rather to reform the equalization program so that it provides the right incentives for economic development. I will respect the provinces and our Constitution.
02/07/2017 08:57 EST

This Is The Worst Reason To Have Strong Federal Ministers

The federal government has important national functions to fulfill. It would be better able to fulfill them if it stopped trying to solve every problem in the country, especially by violating our Constitution and intruding on provincial jurisdictions.
01/16/2017 10:58 EST

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

Canada has always been a country largely open to immigration, because of its vastness and its relative youth. I believe that by and large, our immigration policy has been very successful. But we are not immune to the conflicts and social tensions happening elsewhere.
01/09/2017 10:51 EST
Yanick Villeneuve

Conservatives Will Lose If We Obsess About Canadian 'Values'

The mistake during last year's election campaign though, which everyone now recognizes, was to focus our message on identity issues like this one and the misguided barbaric practices snitch line proposal, instead of running on our excellent economic record. Yes, Canadians care about shared values and about these issues. But I would argue that they care a lot more about issues that impact their standard of living and quality of life. They care about whether our economy is strong enough to provide job opportunities. They care about having to pay twice as much as Americans for basic food like milk, eggs, butter and chicken.
09/16/2016 04:54 EDT

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

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. He also seems not to understand that government spending does not create wealth and that to stimulate the economy sustainably, we must do the opposite. There's not much harm in it as long as Mr. Trudeau cannot act on his absurd beliefs. But if the Liberal Party of Canada ever comes to power again, these ideas could become a threat to Canadians' economic security. Can we afford to take such a risk?
04/09/2014 05:29 EDT

Like Father Like Son: Trudeau Is Courting Debt

Justin Trudeau and his American advisor Larry Summers still believe in the old Keynesian theory that says government can create wealth by spending more money. In reality, every time the government takes an additional dollar in taxes out of someone's pocket, that's a dollar that this person will not be able to spend or invest. Government borrowing has the same effect. The private lenders who lend money to the government will have less money to lend to other private business people. It is like taking a bucket of water in the deep end of a swimming pool and emptying it in the shallow end. It's this kind of typical Trudeau policies that ruined our economy in the 1970s. This is not what Canada needs today.
02/25/2014 05:15 EST

Entrepreneurs will make the oil sands greener

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...
06/29/2012 10:21 EDT

Canada Survived the Downturn By Ignoring Keynes

Sustainable growth cannot be achieved with the Keynesian solution: more government spending, more debt, and more taxes. Our conservative government did pretty well since 2007: It did not lose control of its spending. It did not create unsustainable deficits. And today, Canada is on a clear path to a balanced budget.
02/16/2012 05:09 EST