Trudeau stumbles in the face of caucus controversy

The allegations against Calgary MP Darshan Kang should have been met with quick action by the prime minister. Why weren't they?

Trudeau stumbles in the face of caucus controversyA politician’s true mettle is on full display when faced with a controversy. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surely knows this political rule of thumb. Alas, he was all fingers when faced with a situation that required immediate action but received longer-than-expected inaction: the controversy involving Darshan Kang. A former Alberta Liberal MLA, Kang was elected as…

Alberta a black hole for private sector jobs

The province’s overall score on labour market performance is in the bottom half of North American jurisdictions

Alberta a black hole for private sector jobsBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Go west, young man. Not long ago that was sound advice for a young person struggling to find opportunities in Eastern and Central Canada. While it may still hold true for parts of Western Canada, it’s no longer the case for Alberta, once the pillar of…

The search for Trans Mountain’s 15,000 construction jobs

Why would elected officials promote a construction jobs figure six times Kinder Morgan’s actual number?

The search for Trans Mountain’s 15,000 construction jobsWhen Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, he said it “will create 15,000 new, middle class jobs – the majority of them in the trades.” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr repeatedly points to this figure to justify the federal government’s approval. He says, “the project is expected to…

The political ties that bind: Lougheed and Blakeney

How a deep trust and enduring friendship helped craft Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and ensure lasting provincial autonomy

The political ties that bind: Lougheed and BlakeneyBy John von Heyking and Thomas Kazakoff University of Lethbridge The relationship between Peter Lougheed and Allen Blakeney demonstrated how consistent trust for one another over a decade’s political enterprise became the foundation for a political friendship, and helped forge Canada as we know it. In his essay Reflections on the Kitchen Accord (2012), former…

Should equalization really grow forever?

A rule requiring payments to grow – no matter what the circumstances – can only exacerbate regional friction

Should equalization really grow forever?By Ben Eisen and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute The relative economic strength of Canada’s provinces has shifted in recent years, as former powerhouses struggle while former laggards improve. The nation’s equalization program is not equipped to respond fairly to these developments. In the past two fiscal years, Quebec has collected more revenue from natural resources…

Notley’s wrongheaded path leads to deficit disaster

Marked spending increases by the NDP government will push the net debt to $10,000 per Albertan by 2019-20

Notley’s wrongheaded path leads to deficit disasterBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute None of us can control all the circumstances we face. What we can control is how we respond to challenges. These choices often make the difference between positive and negative outcomes. It’s no different for governments. New governments aren’t responsible for the fiscal problems they inherit.…

Barring the gates is no long-term solution for our parks

The popularity of Canada's parks and protected areas is creating problems that will require more than simply banning people to solve

Barring the gates is no long-term solution for our parksCanada’s national parks are having a big year. It’s both a blessing and a curse. In July, the parks and historic sites saw nine per cent more visits than they did in 2016, which experienced 24.6 million visits for the year. And that was a big jump from the 23.2 million in 2015. In one…

Trudeau’s carbon-pricing fixation out of step with Canadians

There’s growing evidence Canadians don’t like carbon taxes and are realizing they’re not the efficient and economically benign eco-tax sold by politicians

Trudeau’s carbon-pricing fixation out of step with CanadiansCanadians are right to be skeptical about the federal government's carbon-pricing plan. At the G20 summit in Hamburg in early July, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a leading role in promoting a climate change agreement that would reaffirm the Paris targets. Nineteen members of the G20 signed on, with the United States declining. Several Canadian…

How Albertans can invest in their future – again

But before they can begin to retool the economy, they must first purge themselves of the idea that the market is the best instrument to determine their future

How Albertans can invest in their future – againThere’s a lot of talk these days about diversifying Alberta’s economy. (I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be having this conversation if oil was at $100 per barrel but that’s not the case.) It’s time for Albertans to develop the full potential of our greatest natural resource: people. But before we begin to change direction we…

Alberta’s dangerous debt binge isn’t over yet

The burden foisted on future generations of Albertans is staggering. By 2019-20, Alberta’s net government debt is expected to reach $45.2 billion

Alberta’s dangerous debt binge isn’t over yetBy Ben Eisen and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute Big debt accumulation is becoming the new normal in Alberta – a province that could once boast of being debt free. It’s a significant problem that apparently will get worse before it gets better. The Alberta government recently published its annual report on the state of…