Election results could spell trouble for B.C.’s tax competitiveness

B.C.’s political leaders should prioritize the economic well-being of British Columbians over party politics and that means tax cuts in several areas

Election results could spell trouble for B.C.’s tax competitivenessBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute While the final outcome of B.C.’s election is far from certain, it’s worth considering what a minority government could mean for provincial tax policy. As things stand, a majority of MLAs headed to Victoria belong to parties committed to raising economically-damaging taxes. This could spell trouble for British…

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…

A pipeline straight to political disaster?

Both B.C.'s Christy Clark, and Justin Trudeau now face some difficult choices when it comes to the Trans Mountain Pipeline

A pipeline straight to political disaster?Few issues in recent Canadian history have been as divisive as the debate over the construction of new pipelines to carry crude oil to market. The uncertain results from the election in British Columbia only add fuel to a roaring fire. The “blue” Liberal government of Premier Christy Clark won the most seats in the…

Can B.C. put integrity and effectiveness ahead of petty politics?

Can B.C.'s newly-elected MLAs make something positive out of the minority government mess that appears to be awaiting the province?

Can B.C. put integrity and effectiveness ahead of petty politics?It's time to give advice to the newly-elected B.C. government, even if we're not sure who that will turn out to be. Right now, British Columbia doesn’t have a clear winner as a result of the May 9 election. Nor are we likely to have one for weeks – or even months. Even then, the government is likely to…

Will B.C. edge to the precipice once more?

A nose-to-nose election race has clear similarities to the campaign of 1996. Then, an NDP victory meant disaster for the province. It could again in 2017

Will B.C. edge to the precipice once more?Twenty-one years ago, we B.C. Liberals were gathered at the Hotel Vancouver, peering at big TV screens, shocked by what we were seeing. It was election day in British Columbia and the returns didn’t make any sense. At all. We were ahead but we were behind, too. The Gord Campbell-led Liberals had substantially more votes than…

Lower Mainland municipalities create roadblocks to new housing

Homebuilders were asked how long they wait for permit approvals, how much it costs, how often rezoning is required and the scope of local opposition

Lower Mainland municipalities create roadblocks to new housingBy Kenneth P. Green and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. – There’s no silver bullet for Vancouver’s perennial housing woes. But trimming the red tape would help. Housing markets are incredibly complex, reflecting the ongoing interaction between demand and supply. So far, the provincial government, and Vancouver city hall, have targeted pockets of this…

Vancouver can’t have both low-density and affordable housing

To take pressure off the cost of living in Vancouver, the city should build more housing units on its limited geographic footprint

Vancouver can’t have both low-density and affordable housingBy Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute Housing prices in Vancouver have caused a frenzy, as analysts, pundits and activists wrestle with how to improve affordability. The discussion has fixated on foreign buyers, speculators and empty houses. Regardless of the policies implemented to address these factors, trying to increase affordability by sniffing out…

When a degree isn’t enough to get you a job

An entry-level job teaches many things you don’t learn in school: getting to work on time; getting along; dealing with deadlines and customers

When a degree isn’t enough to get you a jobCareer prospects become so discouraging for many educated young people that the British weekly magazine The Economist writes about young people who have given up looking for work and live in their parents' basement playing video games. Similarly, Canadian newspapers are publishing articles telling parents how to kick their grown children out of the house. We’re not talking…
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