Federal - Commentaries
Will governments ever learn their lesson on corporate welfare?
December 03, 2018There’s an old saying about the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Never has this been more true than governments in Canada when it comes wasting your money on corporate welfare.
Governors general shouldn't be billing taxpayers after they've left office
November 05, 2018Have you ever had a job that comes with a generous expense account? How about one where you get to keep your expense account even after you leave the job? If this sounds too good to be true, you haven’t heard about the great deal Canada’s governors general have been getting for the last forty years.
Canada's climate plan is worse than no climate plan
October 16, 2018Throughout months of interminable NAFTA renegotiations, the Trudeau government repeatedly insisted Canada wouldn’t agree to a bad deal. It was the right call. In the mercurial waters of Trump-style trade negotiations, the real litmus test for Canada was never going to be about getting a better deal. Rather, it was about whether the deal Canada could get would be better than no deal at all.
National pharmacare is not the slam dunk its proponents claim
October 09, 2018Back in February, the Trudeau government announced the appointment of former Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins as chair of its "Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare."
The sun needs to set on Policy Horizons Canada
September 11, 2018If you’re like most Canadians, you’ve probably never heard of Policy Horizons Canada. It’s a taxpayer-funded government think tank made up of thirty or so ostensibly smart people tasked with deeply pondering the future and proposing cutting-edge, outside-the-box public policy ideas.
Getting the Trans Mountain expansion back on track
September 10, 2018For Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Federal Court of Appeal’s recent decision to overturn approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was a political thunderbolt that instantly derailed progress on one of his government’s most critical files. Luckily for the purveyor of sunny ways, the storm clouds came with a silver lining: a careful reading of the decision also offers some guidance on how his government can get Trans Mountain back on track.
Refresh the national shipbuilding strategy? Yes, please
September 04, 2018In June 2010, the Stephen Harper government announced the long-awaited National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. It was a $38-billion strategy to commission up to 28 vessels from two Canadian shipyards — Seaspan in Vancouver and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding.
Canada doesn't need a death tax
August 16, 2018These are challenging times for the Canadian economy. An unpredictable president to the south has contributed to uncertainty around NAFTA, while American business tax cuts have erased Canada's longstanding competitive tax advantage as we struggle to attract foreign investment.
First Nation activist shines a light in places prime ministers couldn’t illuminate
June 08, 2018Charmaine Stick accomplished something Stephen Harper couldn’t get done and Justin Trudeau didn’t even try to do: she disclosed her chief’s salary.