Why Justin Trudeau won’t call a byelection in Burnaby South

The last thing the Liberals want is for the NDP to take the spotlight or to start drawing votes on the left-centre

Why Justin Trudeau won’t call a byelection in Burnaby SouthWhy won’t Prime Minister Justin Trudeau call a byelection in Burnaby South? It’s a question some Canadians are still trying to figure out, even though the answer is right in front of them. Let’s take a closer look at this controversy. The Liberals aren’t obligated to call a byelection in the B.C. riding. Trudeau has…

The People’s Party of the left … right … whatever

This new party has a leader who wasn't elected and few members. It appears intended simply to soothe Bernier’s fragile ego

The People’s Party of the left … right … whateverWhen Maxime Bernier, a former Conservative cabinet minister and federal leadership candidate, abruptly quit the party last month, he announced he would be starting a new political party. Well, the nameless entity with one public face was finally given an identity on Sept. 14: the People’s Party of Canada. He couldn’t have made a worse…

The Tories are better off without Maxime Bernier

The rebel Quebec MP may have satisfied his fragile ego by starting a no-name party, but the risk is far greater than the reward

The Tories are better off without Maxime BernierQuebec MP Maxime Bernier’s decision to bolt from the federal Conservatives last week surprised some political observers. But based on what’s known about “Mad Max,” as he’s often called, they shouldn’t have been. Bernier has long been an enfant terrible in Tory circles. While he has good economic ideas, including his support for abolishing supply…

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government help

Notorious art thief John Mark Tillmann managed to get two levels of government to rename a waterway just to torment Jewish neighbours

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government helpShould the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi? It’s not a hypothetical question. Fall River, N.S., (pop. 11,526) is a community in Halifax’s regional municipality. By all accounts, it’s a lovely spot and the locals are nice. If you go hiking on a trail in the area, you may spot…

Best and worst political stories and personalities of 2017

From Trudeau to Scheer, from human piñata Morneau to lightweight Joly, from the Aga Khan to #MeToo

Best and worst political stories and personalities of 2017It’s a cliché, sure. It’s hackneyed and overdone, true. It has been done a million times, agreed. But it’s fun: the columnist’s year-end political winner/loser list! And, this year, regular readers got in on the act! But, however … just as I was typing this, a bombshell landed. The federal ethics commissioner ruled that Prime Minister…

Perhaps the worst cabinet minister in the history of Confederation

Just when you thought Melanie Joly couldn't mess up anything else, she blew $5.6 million on a temporary rink on Parliament Hill

Perhaps the worst cabinet minister in the history of ConfederationDear Canadian Heritage Minister Joly: May I call you Melanie? You’ve blocked my access to your ministerial Twitter account, so please forgive the formality of an open letter. I sense that I’ve upset you, which concerns me deeply. Let’s leave aside, for a moment, the propriety of a public servant (that’s you) blocking the access…

Dissecting Trudeau’s Trans-Pacific tap dance

Was the prime minister simply late to a critical meeting on the trade deal or did he attempt to sabotage it?

Dissecting Trudeau’s Trans-Pacific tap danceDid Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intend to cause an international incident? That’s what many columnists and pundits are still trying to figure out after our national leader’s confusing absence, and sudden reappearance, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). Let’s go back a few steps. Trudeau was in Danang, Vietnam, last week to meet with…

Don’t be fooled, Canada’s economy is in decline

Private businesses and international investors have lost confidence in Canada as a competitive place to do business

Don’t be fooled, Canada’s economy is in declineBy Niels Veldhuis and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute It’s an old joke: Why did God create economists? To make weathermen look good. At times like this, nothing could be closer to the truth (full disclosure, we’re economists). Statistics Canada recently released its August economic growth numbers. They show that the economy contracted. Lo and behold,…

Canada’s aging population puts a strain on government coffers

More seniors means slower economic growth and more spending on programs like health care. But some careful fiscal management can save us

Canada’s aging population puts a strain on government coffersBy Taylor Jackson, and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute The latest Finance Department fiscal update signals the federal government’s continued preference for running budget deficits, regardless of the state of the economy. Similarly, eight of 10 Canadian provinces are running budget deficits in 2016-17. The lack of fiscal prudence coast to coast raises serious concerns about…

Why you still subsidize some channels when you pay your cable bill

Little wonder that the CRTC has been the focus of so much public contempt

Why you still subsidize some channels when you pay your cable billForget for a moment that roughly five per cent of your cable bill goes to subsidize films and shows that not enough people watch: the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is about to dip back into the 20th century and tell you what to watch and make you pay for it. The federal regulator announced last month…

Economic storm clouds on Canada’s horizon

This year’s uptick in economic growth has nothing to do with current government policy that is expected to hamper future business expansion

Economic storm clouds on Canada’s horizonBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute During the recent federal fiscal update, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said higher-than-expected economic growth for 2017 is evidence that the government’s plan is working. In reality, however, little of what’s driving growth for this year has anything to do with government policy. And economic storm clouds remain for…

Red tape chasing investors away from Alberta’s energy industry

Alberta has become less attractive for investment while the U.S. is drawing more attention, thanks to Trump's policy changes

Red tape chasing investors away from Alberta’s energy industryBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute TransCanada Corp. recently pulled the plug on Energy East, its proposed 1.1-million-barrel-per-day oil pipeline between Alberta and New Brunswick, a month after the company said it would conduct a “careful review” of the cost impacts of changes in National Energy Board regulations. It…

Five ways small business is taking a tax blow to the head

Wouldn’t it be better to encourage small business ownership than punish it?

Five ways small business is taking a tax blow to the headChris clobbered me on the side of the head and then swam over me. Coughing and sputtering I came up for air and yelled foul. The referee blew his whistle and Chris was sent off to the side of the pool. I laughed and played on. It was all part of the game of water…

Trudeau, Notley said yes to pipelines, while really meaning no

While telling people that they understand the importance of the pipelines, Notley and Trudeau piled up the regulatory bricks to ensure they were not viable

Trudeau, Notley said yes to pipelines, while really meaning noTransCanada’s withdrawal of its proposal to build the Energy East and Eastern Mainline oil pipelines is a huge loss to Canada and Canadian workers – a $16 billion project regulated to death. Let’s get the red herring out of the way up front. Yes, the low world price of oil was surely part of this…

Aging population upending current interest rate policy

With the number of seniors living off retirement income rising, increasing interest rates no longer a precursor to a cooling economy

Aging population upending current interest rate policyCanadians are constantly reminded that we’ve let ourselves get too deeply into debt and if the cost of that debt – interest rates – increases, we’ll be in deep yogurt. To the extent that such debt is mortgage-based and the average price of homes has been rising, this debt should be manageable. I don’t expect…
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