The wisdom of raising the minimum wage

The discrimination against human capital is one of capitalism's most egregious errors. It’s an error Tim Hortons’ franchise holders are making now

The wisdom of raising the minimum wageGovernments in Alberta and Ontario have finally taken the plunge – starting on Jan. 1, they've raised minimum wages. Predictably, the pushback from business has been ferocious. You'd think aliens had landed. Provincial politicians are perceived to be either dangerous anti-business zealots or champions of the little guy, depending on which side of the capital/labour…

Get ready for a greener but poorer and slower economy

As the world’s fastest growing economies expand fossil fuels usage, carbon dioxide emissions, jobs and growth, Canada is going the opposite direction

Get ready for a greener but poorer and slower economyCanadians have generally accepted that carbon pricing is necessary to save the planet. But as taxes and consumer costs rise, promised green jobs fail to materialize and few others in the world seem serious about staying the course, it’s time for a rethink. Rising population and prosperity in the developing world will grow global demand…

Just who’s the bully when it comes to minimum wage hikes?

Government generally has little or no understanding of franchising, how food distribution forces play out or even simply how small businesses operate

Just who’s the bully when it comes to minimum wage hikes?Dramatically increasing minimum wages in the food industry is irresponsible and even reckless. On Jan. 1, Ontario’s minimum wage increased by 22 per cent, to $14 an hour. It will go to $15 on Jan. 1, 2019. That’s almost a 32 per cent increase in 12 months. Other provinces, such as Alberta and B.C., will follow…

Ontarians should brace for bigger – and costlier – government

Neither the Liberals nor the PCs recognize that it’s in the best interests of the province to reduce the size of government

Ontarians should brace for bigger – and costlier – governmentBy Niels Veldhuis and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute With the recent release of the Progressive Conservative platform, People’s Guarantee, and the Liberal government’s 2017 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review last month, Ontarians have a better sense of what will follow next year’s provincial election – the continuance of big government. The most important…

Ontario’s wrong-headed energy policy burns 75,000 jobs

The province’s manufacturing sector may find itself even less competitive soon due to developments in the United States

Ontario’s wrong-headed energy policy burns 75,000 jobsHow do you kill 75,000 jobs and turn your valuable location into a disadvantage? If you’re the Ontario government, you: start a transition to renewable energy driven by politicians without any cost-benefit analyses; when people with expertise in the energy and power sectors give advice on technical issues – for example, how much duplicate power…

When political attack ads turn and bite the wrong prey

The Working Families campaign targeting Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown is just plain wrong – and stupid – and that means it will fail

When political attack ads turn and bite the wrong preyGo negative, sure. But don’t fib. The Working Families group has a new ad out. If you live in Ontario, you’ve likely seen it. If you don’t, you haven’t. But the ad is worth talking about because of the issues it raises. Working Families describes itself as a group that was “created by members of…

Ontario electricity prices set to keep rising

The province pays extraordinary rates to solar, wind and biofuel generators. But the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine

Ontario electricity prices set to keep risingBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The Ontario government’s rigorous pursuit of renewables has increased electricity costs far more than necessary. The government recently released an update to its long-term energy plan, projecting that the cost of electricity for homes and businesses will keep rising over the next 20…

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…

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…

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…