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…

China’s unsettling leverage over America

China's economic, social, political and military growth mean the superpower dynamics are shifting dramatically

China’s unsettling leverage over AmericaDoes China control enough U.S. debt to influence American foreign policy? During the Second World War, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt told British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to get out of the colonialism business. By leveraging Britain’s war debt to the U.S., Roosevelt influenced English foreign policy, opening new markets for the U.S. and for globalization.…

Canada in neutral when it comes to self-driving vehicle legislation

An evolutionary change in transportation is under way. Will Canada be ready?

Canada in neutral when it comes to self-driving vehicle legislationIt’s time to start crafting legislation to govern self-driving vehicles in Canada. Many of the world’s leading automotive-related companies – Tesla, Uber, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Volvo, BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Nissan, General Motors and Ford – and some other less common brands plan to release driverless cars or driverless systems in the near future. The autonomous…

Sheer cowardice of Scheer’s failure to kick out Ritz, Beyak

Voters know when the Conservative leader is playing the ostrich and waiting for some controversy to blow over

Sheer cowardice of Scheer’s failure to kick out Ritz, BeyakYou never achieve great things if you don’t take risks. How Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer doesn’t understand this is an enduring mystery. He never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity, per the cliché. Take (please) Conservative MP Gerry Ritz. Last week, Ritz – who (a) thinks he is funny and (b) has unfettered access…

Canadians need a civics education refresher

Americans are woefully ignorant of basic government functions; Canadians aren't far behind

Canadians need a civics education refresherCivics education hasn’t been a top priority in most Canadian schools for years. While that’s hardly front page news, the bigger concern is that we understand very little about what our nation is and the foundations upon which it was built. The evidence? In December 2008, Dominion Institute/Ipsos Reid conducted a survey of 1,070 Canadians. The…

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…

Is justice pricing really justice or just plain hate?

This isn’t a time for Canadians to be segregating each other, or rushing to put themselves and their neighbours into hyphenated categories

Is justice pricing really justice or just plain hate?The attempt by a Victoria, B.C., promoter to institute “justice pricing” for a movie series has attracted considerable attention, most of it hostile. The Made You Look Media company had decreed that to view their latest offering at the Roxy Theatre, the “general admission price of $10 (would) be doubled to $20 for all white…

Entrenched dependence one of the worst legacies of the Indian Act

Bands under the oversight of the act should take steps toward financial self-sufficiency now, in preparation for eventual self-government

Entrenched dependence one of the worst legacies of the Indian ActSplitting Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) into two departments means one will be in charge of negotiations with First Nation communities and the other will be responsible for service delivery. Presumably that means the negotiating department can focus on signing self-governing arrangements with more bands under the Indian Act. As a result, the economic future…

Ontario’s free post-secondary initiative deserves to be emulated

By making free tuition available to low-income students, Ontario is making a significant investment in its economic future

Ontario’s free post-secondary initiative deserves to be emulatedOntario is spending big to provide free post-secondary education to low-income students. The program has already awarded grants to about 185,000 students this semester. That means about a third of all full-time Ontario students attending college or university have qualified for some help. Funding qualified students who couldn't otherwise afford an advanced education is meant…

The loudest voices against tax reform are not neutral

Almost absent in the debate about proposed Canadian changes are any voices defending the idea of tax fairness

The loudest voices against tax reform are not neutralFederal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposals for tightening tax breaks associated with private companies is generating several kinds of response on social media and in mainstream media. The most evident is an impressive deluge of evidence-free rhetoric claiming that the proposals are an attack on everything from the middle class to maternity leave for female…
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