Canada should accept increased competition under new NAFTA

The U.S. administration is actually acting as a champion of the Canadian consumer

Canada should accept increased competition under new NAFTAThe U.S. administration tipped its hand ahead of this week’s NAFTA negotiations in Washington, D.C. A report released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last month set out, in broad strokes, the administration’s negotiating strategy. Not surprisingly, the overriding objective is to improve market access for U.S. exports in the agriculture, manufacturing and…

Aftermath of Charlottesville riots offers signs of hope

The regrettable violence is the inevitable growing pains of a culture transitioning from what it is to what it will become

Aftermath of Charlottesville riots offers signs of hopeIn the wake of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia just over a week ago, there are three possibilities when one considers the current lay of the land in the United States. Certainly, one would be forgiven for thinking that the United States is irreparably broken – that so deep are the divisions of…

Statues tell a story that people need to hear

You could fill volumes with the uncomfortable statements uttered in the past by people whom we now revere, from Abraham Lincoln to Mahatma Gandhi

Statues tell a story that people need to hearFrantic officials in the American south are joining with the Taliban and Islamic State as the latest group to destroy memorials to the past. Specifically, they are tearing down statues in praise of the Confederacy. We might well examine the racist speech of Civil War-era politicians to see what motivates the iconoclasts of today to…

Gasoline price-fixing harms Atlantic Canada

Controls were intended to ease consumer anger over rare but large price fluctuations. But government isn’t meant to be an anger management therapist

Gasoline price-fixing harms Atlantic CanadaGasoline price controls are a major burden for the minor benefit of having less mercurial cost fluctuations. Government policies are often contradictory. This isn’t directly the result of conspiracy or ill intent. Governments are no different than individuals. We all embrace beliefs that sometimes contradict others we hold. To eliminate these contradictions, Atlantic Canadian governments…

The art behind making disasters manageable

The book Dull Disasters examines how we can get ahead of the inevitable cataclysmic events, rather than resorting to futile generosity after the fact

The art behind making disasters manageableI don’t know about your city, but everywhere I’ve lived in Canada, it snows. As we get past Halloween, I dig out my snow shovel, so one day I can dig out of the snow. I do this every year. I don’t have to reinvent the wheel or the shovel. Authors Daniel J. Clarke and…

Why Ontario can’t seem to ease its debt burden

Government debt has grown much faster than the economy in recent years, and little change is expected over the next several years

Why Ontario can’t seem to ease its debt burdenBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute The Ontario government’s determination to keep adding new debt suggests it simply isn’t serious about getting the crucial debt-to-GDP ratio down any time soon. That’s bad news for taxpayers. The government has repeatedly stated the importance of bringing down the province’s debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) ratio,…

The age of civility has entered a dangerous time

If you believe our hard-won social norms are worth keeping, you must become truly active to stop this cancer before it metastasizes

The age of civility has entered a dangerous timeCanadians are front-row spectators to the swelling social chaos in the United States, so close that we can feel the heat, sweat and blood. So close, in fact, that we need to worry about collateral damage. Just as the reckless language chosen by that country’s elected leader is – through accident or design – giving…

Andrew Scheer must put First Nations issues back on the agenda

The new Conservative leader can do much to advance indigenous issues and the national agenda – and get his party elected in 2019

Andrew Scheer must put First Nations issues back on the agendaIndigenous issues didn’t play a large part in the recent federal Conservative leadership race. They were mentioned but took a back seat to other matters. But Conservatives must understand that indigenous issues are of vital concern to all Canadians. For instance, candidates devoted considerable time debating TransCanada’s Energy East and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline projects. Energy…

NAFTA renegotiation is a failure of education

Trade enhances productivity, improves real wages and grows economies, but not enough people know how or why

NAFTA renegotiation is a failure of educationRenegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement started this week. Canada, Mexico and the United States have begun a complex, time-consuming and difficult process that could change everything – or almost nothing. For all countries involved, the risk and uncertainty outweigh the potential rewards, because we already had the ultimate reward: free trade. Only…

Ontarians pay a high price for power system mess

Years of government mismanagement of the power sector must be corrected or families will continue to suffer

Ontarians pay a high price for power system messAfter years of governments mismanaging energy markets in Ontario, new research shows that Ontarians now pay some of the highest electricity bills in Canada. The average residential monthly bill for Torontonians last year was $201 (including tax). In Ottawa, it was $183. Compare that with Montreal ($83) or Calgary ($109) and it’s not hard to…
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