Trudeau selling Canadians false bill of goods on infrastructure

Little of the federal government's new spending over the next decade is earmarked for projects that will actually improve Canada’s core infrastructure

Trudeau selling Canadians false bill of goods on infrastructureBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute You’d think the prime minister would be intimately familiar with one of his government’s signature policy initiatives. But a recent statement by Justin Trudeau suggests he’s detached from the details on Ottawa’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan. He told the House of Commons: “We’re going to continue to invest historic amounts in…

Multinationals face new pressures in grocery stores

Consumers increasingly want fresh, unprocessed food. The middle of the store now sees less traffic and that’s clearly affecting sales for most grocery products

Multinationals face new pressures in grocery storesSkippy peanut butter and Dad’s chocolate chip cookies are gone from the Canadian marketplace. If you feel sad about seeing these iconic brands go, brace yourselves. It’s just the beginning. Within days, two major U.S.-based food multinationals pulled well-known brands from the Canadian market. Mondelez International discontinued the iconic Dad’s cookies and Hormel Foods pulled Skippy peanut…

China offers a lesson on financing infrastructure

China built 20,000 km of high-speed rail infrastructure without raising taxes or becoming indebted to international bond markets

China offers a lesson on financing infrastructure As members of a developed western economy, Canadians think we know all about capitalism. And, obviously, we believe our way of doing things is the best – we have nothing to learn from countries like China. Or do we? How did a country with an emerging economy like China build 20,000 km of high-speed rail infrastructure without raising…

No reason why an activist can’t be a columnist

Yes, it’s possible to be a columnist and activist. So why couldn't the Toronto Star countenance Desmond Cole and his stand on police carding?

No reason why an activist can’t be a columnistI’ve been writing columns since 1996. It’s a craft in which individuals often possess strong opinions, varied interests, articulate ideas and healthy doses of intellectual curiosity. What about activism, in the political sense of otherwise? This particular trait, which seems a logical fit, is now a matter of dispute due to the curious case of…

A tempest in a cultural appropriation teapot

For the CBC and others, a joke about cultural appropriation is more important than, you know, things like real racism

A tempest in a cultural appropriation teapotAll novelists are liars. Thieves, too. So said the late Mordecai Richler. My friend and I were in the dark at the back at the Bovine Sex Club on Queen West, waiting to see the Minneapolis punk band Off With Their Heads. My friend had just told me the story of how, years ago, he…

And so begins the reign of Fergus the Red

Our puppy follows closely in the big, scary outdoors. And he thinks he’s hurting his squeaky chew toys and whimpers

And so begins the reign of Fergus the RedThe Farmer and I have entered another phase of life. In our 10th year of marriage, as he settles into his 60s and I finish off my 40s, we are once again parents of a newborn. We recently picked up an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy. After weeks of deliberation, we decided his name is Fergus.…

What’s the big deal about volunteer work?

Our society is filled with organizations that need volunteer help. And it is both fun and ennobling working for the common good

What’s the big deal about volunteer work?I keep hearing from older volunteers that it’s getting harder to find younger folks to volunteer for civil society board work. When I tell people I’m on five boards, I often get asked, “Why do you do it?” Even my almost-95-year-old mother asks, “Do they pay you for all the volunteering you do?” I have…

Canada’s investment recession drags on

The collapse of global oil prices, coupled with weak prices in other commodity markets, a key factor behind Canada’s investment slump

Canada’s investment recession drags onWhile Canada’s economy continues to grind out positive if unspectacular gains in employment and gross domestic product (GDP), below the surface the picture is less encouraging. For several years, our economy has basically been kept afloat by free-spending consumers and overheated real estate markets. Throughout this period, export growth has been meagre and investment outside…

Show us Alberta’s plan to balance the budget

By placing its hopes on future revenue growth, the government is risking the province’s fiscal and economic health

Show us Alberta’s plan to balance the budgetBy Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C., May 18, 2017 /Troy Media/ – In a recent conference call with reporters, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said his government “has a clear plan to return [the budget] to balance.” This is news to Albertans, since the latest budget only contains estimates up to the 2018-19…

B.C.’s election: the perils of proportional representation

Green Party policies, rejected by more than 80% of B.C. voters, could be enacted because its support is required to form a government

B.C.’s election: the perils of proportional representationBy Lydia Miljan, Jason Clemens and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C., May 17, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Former U.S. president Barack Obama popularized the phrase “teachable moment” by pointing out that events, even tragedies, are often opportunities for the public to learn more about policy. The election results in British Columbia are a teachable moment for…