Liberals’ bill usurps democratic rights of Canadian workers

To empower workers and promote democratic principles, MPs should maintain the requirement that unions be certified by a secret ballot vote

Liberals’ bill usurps democratic rights of Canadian workersBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and the Senate are clashing over Bill C-4, which, among other things, is intended to change how workers decide whether to approve a union as their representative. The government introduced the bill in 2016 with the aim of ending mandatory secret ballot voting as…

The rising global threats to prosperity

Nationalistic politicians' attacks on free markets and economic freedom driven primarily by the support and desires of rural voters

The rising global threats to prosperityAs France and Turkey show, populism and deepening urban/rural splits represent dangerous and confusing threats to prosperity. The populist economic urge is cropping up around the world, however dissimilar the countries may seem to be. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured his recent constitutional power grab through rural votes, while losing in the big three…

Ontario reopens spending tap, exposing province to more risk

Despite tabling Ontario’s first balanced operating budget in a decade, there are signs the government plans to go right back to undisciplined spending

Ontario reopens spending tap, exposing province to more riskBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Premier Kathleeen Wynne’s government recently tabled Ontario’s first balanced operating budget in a decade. While it’s good to see the province finally bring its expenditures in line with revenues, there are worrying signs the government plans to go right back to the undisciplined approach that created Ontario’s…

Ontario’s basic income pilot won’t fly

An unconditional cash transfer may encourage dependency on government, and discourage people from finding work and improving their lives

Ontario’s basic income pilot won’t flyBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Ontario will launch a three-year basic income pilot program beginning this spring, to “better support vulnerable workers.” But the program will likely harm the people it intends to help by discouraging work and encouraging dependency on government. The program introduced by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's government will provide a single person…

Taxing First Nations encourages accountability, good governance

Indigenous citizens would have real control over their communities and destinies if more funds were generated through taxes on reserves

Taxing First Nations encourages accountability, good governanceThe Cree Nation government in the James Bay region of Quebec recently approved a draft constitution and governance agreement that – among other things – would give them the power to collect taxes. In an interview with CBC, Bill Namagoose, the Cree Nation executive director said, “It provides security for the Cree Nation. There are no options…

Teacher’s ‘me too’ clause puts Alberta in a fiscal squeeze

The stakes in collective bargaining sessions remain high. Alberta faces a $10.3-billion budget deficit with more big deficits planned

Teacher’s ‘me too’ clause puts Alberta in a fiscal squeezeBy Ben Eisen and Angela MacLeod The Fraser Institute Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government recently reached a tentative short-term agreement with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. The deal must still be ratified. According to news reports, the union accepted a salary freeze. That may leave some Albertans thinking teachers won’t get any raises. It’s not quite that simple.…

Lower Mainland municipalities create roadblocks to new housing

Homebuilders were asked how long they wait for permit approvals, how much it costs, how often rezoning is required and the scope of local opposition

Lower Mainland municipalities create roadblocks to new housingBy Kenneth P. Green and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. – There’s no silver bullet for Vancouver’s perennial housing woes. But trimming the red tape would help. Housing markets are incredibly complex, reflecting the ongoing interaction between demand and supply. So far, the provincial government, and Vancouver city hall, have targeted pockets of this…

Vancouver can’t have both low-density and affordable housing

To take pressure off the cost of living in Vancouver, the city should build more housing units on its limited geographic footprint

Vancouver can’t have both low-density and affordable housingBy Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute Housing prices in Vancouver have caused a frenzy, as analysts, pundits and activists wrestle with how to improve affordability. The discussion has fixated on foreign buyers, speculators and empty houses. Regardless of the policies implemented to address these factors, trying to increase affordability by sniffing out…

Income tax a wartime measure that haunts us still

In the first 50 years after Confederation, the ethos was that taxing incomes weakened Canada’s competitive position. That changed in 1917

Income tax a wartime measure that haunts us stillThe introduction of income tax in Canada 100 years ago dramatically changed federal finances and Canadians' lives. As a result First World War funding demands, the federal government brought in personal income and corporate income taxes in 1917. A federal sales tax followed in 1921. Personal income tax marked a shift in federal tax philosophy. In the first…

Premier Notley right to reconsider $15 minimum wage

Too much at stake for Alberta workers to enter the “uncharted waters” of a $15 minimum wage without assessing the potential dangers

Premier Notley right to reconsider $15 minimum wageBy Steve Lafleur and Hugh McIntyre The Fraser Institute In a recent interview, Premier Rachel Notley seemed to hint that the Government of Alberta could slow its plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 if the economy remains weak. The premier’s comments came one day after it was reported that an internal government briefing…
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