Unlocking the mystery of Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown

Brown has the intelligence, ability and tools to rebuild this tattered province after 14 years of Liberal mismanagement

Unlocking the mystery of Ontario PC leader Patrick BrownEver since Patrick Brown won the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership with 61.8 per cent of eligible votes on May 9, 2015, the man-who-would-be-premier has been the source of mystery and confusion for many Ontarians. Brown’s impressive victory over Christine Elliott, a high-profile MPP and wife of late federal Tory finance minister Jim Flaherty, rocked the…

The short-circuit in Ontario’s manufacturing sector

The province’s high electricity prices – driven by wrong-headed policies – are responsible for a staggering 75,000 manufacturing job losses

The short-circuit in Ontario’s manufacturing sectorBy Ross McKitrick and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Soaring electricity costs have devastated Ontario's manufacturing sector. In the 1990s and into the 2000s, Ontario was a low-electricity-cost jurisdiction. This competitive advantage helped attract business and foster economic growth in the province. But in recent years, due largely to the inefficiencies of the Green Energy Act (2009),…

Trudeau can pull Wynne to victory in Ontario

The last thing the federal Liberals can afford is to sit on the sidelines in Ontario in June. A provincial voter swing could portend federal calamity

Trudeau can pull Wynne to victory in OntarioWith just two years until the next federal election, Canadians should expect to see much more of the prime minister as he works to bolster his party's prospects in 2019. Any time the Liberal image is threatened, expect Justin Trudeau to rush in and save the day. And Ontario voters should expect Trudeau to be…

What Betsy DeVos could learn about school choice from Ontario

Unfortunately, the U.S. Education Secretary would have to visit the past to find truly innovative approaches to school choice

What Betsy DeVos could learn about school choice from OntarioBetsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s Education Secretary, is charged with promoting school choice. She was about to visit Ontario recently but her visit was cancelled. One cannot but wonder if DeVos’ advisors learned of how Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal party clawed its way to power by smothering a truly innovative school choice program in its cradle.…

Kudos to Toronto, but independent schools still face discrimination

Subjecting parents choosing such schools for their children to extra costs is discriminatory

Kudos to Toronto, but independent schools still face discriminationBy Derek J. Allison Deani Neven Van Pelt and Beth Green Cardus You could call it a step forward in fairness for Canadians who send their kids to independent schools. The Toronto Board of Health recently recommended the extension of its student nutrition programs to qualified independent schools. That means more than 300 independent schools…

Denying DeVos a welcome simply punishes American children

Petty Ontario politicians were outraged that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos planned a visit to Ontario to meet with educators

Denying DeVos a welcome simply punishes American childrenPolitics shouldn't interfere with efforts to improve the education of countless children. But don't try to explain that to a large group of politicians and educators in Ontario. The Program for International  Student Assessment (PISA) gathers data highlighting worldwide test scores of 15-year-old students in math, science and reading. It's a useful tool in assessing…

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…

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…

What’s missing in Ontario’s approach to marijuana distribution

Ontario says it won’t allow edibles. But the black market will fill the gap and may impact the province’s attempts to mitigate public risk

What’s missing in Ontario’s approach to marijuana distributionOntario deserves some credit for forging ahead with guidelines for its legal marijuana distribution system, but the province’s plan is filled with ambiguities and unknowns. Ontario is the first province to define how it intends to sell non-medicinal marijuana to the public. About 150 stores across the province will be operated by a division of…

Another environmental black hole: home energy audits

Canadian governments are spiralling towards making energy policy as complicated and onerous as possible for the average consumer

Another environmental black hole: home energy auditsNASA recently reported that its space telescopes witnessed the birth of a new black hole. In a spiral galaxy some 22-million light-years away, scientists noted that where star N6946 BH1 had once been, there was now a light-grabbing mass defined by enormous gravitational pull. Homeowners in Canada may soon have a similar sensation, but they…

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wage

A government-mandated increase in the price of low-skilled labour tends to lead employers to reduce their labour force

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wageBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute It seems obvious: if you want to give low-wage workers a raise, increase the minimum wage. But raising minimum wage produces unintended consequences that hurt many of the people it’s supposed to help. B.C.’s new government recently promised to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021,…

The case against raising Ontario’s minimum wage 

While a higher minimum wage benefits workers, it can be detrimental to small and large businesses

The case against raising Ontario’s minimum wage Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne faces an uphill battle in her bid for re-election, so she’s tossed out a few political goodies in an attempt to increase her popular support before next year’s vote. Her biggest gift – or sop, depending on your perspective – is a significant increase to the minimum wage. Workers in Ontario…

Ontario housing measures offer short-term gain but long-term pain

As much as rent control could benefit some existing renters, in the long run it reduces the incentive to build new rental housing

Ontario housing measures offer short-term gain but long-term painBy Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute The Ontario government introduced a raft of measures this summer aimed at reining in the price of buying or renting a home in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The goal is laudable and the approach may create some temporary reprieve – but the long-term consequences could be…

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,…

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…