Federal - Commentaries
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.
Corporate welfare and the gullible governments who pay it
May 14, 2018Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne visited a Toyota plant to announce they were contributing $220 million towards a $1.4 billion investment by the company to create some 450 jobs (which works out to an eye-popping $488,888 subsidy per job.)
Nationalizing the Trans Mountain pipeline is a terrible idea
April 17, 2018When Kinder Morgan announced on Apr. 8 that it was suspending all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley immediately floated the idea of the Alberta government buying an equity stake in the pipeline. Even her political opponent, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney, agreed, arguing that a “market failure” justified the use of putting taxpayer money into the project.
Canadians might be okay with carbon taxes - until they see the price
April 11, 2018Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission released a report on carbon pricing last week along with survey results from polling firm Abacus Data gauging Canadians’ support for fighting climate change.
Canada needs more investment, not another government agency
March 27, 2018Recently, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne announced the launch of Invest in Canada, a new government agency tasked with promoting Canada as an investment destination.
Balanced budgets still matter to Canadians
March 21, 2018ust four months ago Finance Minister Charles Sousa restated his commitment to balance the Ontario budget. The government’s speech from the throne has now confirmed that instead, the province will have an $8 billion deficit. And that they are “deliberately” choosing to run a deficit despite their repeated commitment not to.
Morneau's 'Seinfeld' budget punts on the big issues
February 28, 2018It’s a budget about nothing. That’s one way to sum up Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s third federal budget. Despite taking up a full 282 pages, there’s just not much substance to it. That’s both good and bad.
NAFTA can help end corporate welfare
February 23, 2018When Amazon announced last year that it was seeking proposals from North American cities interested in being the base for the company’s second headquarters, politicians across the continent were whipped into a frenzy. It’s not hard to see why. What sane politician wouldn’t want to help deliver 50,000 new high-paying jobs to their city, state or province?