Trump pulling Canada into a NAFTA quagmire

Canada should not fall into the trap of believing that traditional Canadian-U.S. goodwill will prevail with the president

Trump pulling Canada into a NAFTA quagmireWhat's the point of NAFTA or any of the other 'free' trade deals if craziness can simply overwhelm them? American authorities have sideswiped Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier with punitive duties. No unbiased observer can explain the outrageous 220 per cent duty imposed on the importation of Bombardier's C Series jets. There are two disturbing reactions…

Alberta still loses if resource revenue removed from equalization

Options for reform are severely limited so long as a rule requiring program costs to escalate every year remains

Alberta still loses if resource revenue removed from equalizationBy Ben Eisen and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute Jason Kenney, candidate for the leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, recently called for reform to Canada’s equalization program. Specifically, he suggested a referendum in Alberta to force the federal government to consider removing non-renewable resource revenue (in Alberta’s case, mostly revenue from oil) from calculations…

Conquer yourself to get ahead

Stay the course and hold on to your vision, no matter what anyone says about you

Conquer yourself to get aheadWar is a powerful metaphor for work. So says Kay Hammer, author of Workplace Warrior, Insights and advice for winning on the corporate battlefield. The real enemies aren't bad bosses and inefficient management, it's also yourself.  The toughest battles we fight are often with ourselves. Hammer should know. She fought all the way to her…

Give First Nations priority access to marijuana industry

Indigenous communities should have the same access that private sector parties are demanding

Give First Nations priority access to marijuana industryThe legalization of marijuana in Canada in July 2018 gives the federal government an opportunity to bring communities – including Indigenous ones – into this lucrative sector in a big way. For example, Manitoba’s Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently took a major stake in a medical marijuana company. OCN purchased $3 million in shares in National…

Calgary’s potential for renaissance can be found in its history

Here's how the best of the city's founders would approach the problem of rebuilding the city

Calgary’s potential for renaissance can be found in its historyCalgary is becoming a city of ghosts. And it’s from ghosts that salvation may be found. I lived there for 30 years and pursued three careers – in oil, academia and museology, about one a decade. Each time I moved on, I did so enriched by stories of the founders of Calgary and with new…

Business in decline? Start calling your customers back

Reaching out to wayward customers can not only reinvigorate your sales, but allows you to do a lot of market research

Business in decline? Start calling your customers backGrant was on the ground yelling as I came around the corner at high speed on my mountain bike at dusk. He had flown off his bike instead of hitting a moose standing on the trail. I skidded to avoid him. I could still see two moose, a cow and her year-old calf, on the…

Planned federal tax hikes could cripple growth

Tax reform proposals will discourage the kind of investment and risk-taking needed to expand Canada’s economy

Planned federal tax hikes could cripple growthBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently made an extraordinary statement that unfortunately encapsulates the federal government’s approach to economic policy. Explaining the government’s proposed changes to small business taxation to CTV, Morneau used the phrase “going after” to describe the approach to extract more taxes from incorporated “professionals…

Ontario, Alberta carbon tax schemes defy economic common sense

Carbon taxes should replace, not add to, existing environmental regulations and subsidies

Ontario, Alberta carbon tax schemes defy economic common senseIn an episode of the television program Seinfeld, the bungling George Costanza tells his friends that he’s concluded that every instinct he has is always wrong. So Jerry suggests George should always do the opposite of his first instinct: “If every instinct you have is wrong, the opposite would have to be right.” Somebody ought…

Attracting and retaining tomorrow’s top talent

When asked what they most want from their employers, four categories are always at the top of a young workers' list

Attracting and retaining tomorrow’s top talentKendra is majoring in Finance in of one of the top universities in the United States. With one semester of schooling to complete, Kendra spent the summer as an intern in one of the leading high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. That company just made her an offer for full-time employment after graduation, which Kendra will…

It’s time we target the real tax avoiders: corporations

Income tax is an industrial-era institution that won’t survive globalization and the digital revolution

It’s time we target the real tax avoiders: corporationsWith all due respect to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, if you're going to declare war on tax cheats, do it right. The truth is there’s a deep structural flaw in Canada's (and every other country's) income tax system. It's rooted in the unequal tax treatment of one class of individuals over another. Ever since…
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