Pouring money down the corporate welfare drain

Billions of Canadian taxpayers’ dollars go into ventures that don’t need or waste the money. And there is little oversight

Pouring money down the corporate welfare drainWhat do the federal government, responsibility and transparency have in common? When it comes to handing money to corporations, not much. Working-class Canadians watch helplessly as their hard-earned money is taxed away to be put into the laps of large businesses – often the same ones that receive it year after year. These dollar amounts…

The power of anger over energy pricing

Ignore the green lobby, Premier Doug Ford. Ontarians voted for affordable energy this time in turfing the Liberals

The power of anger over energy pricingElections are often considered to be referendums on the economy. When the economy is performing well, incumbent governments are supposed to benefit from a contented electorate. That’s not what happened in Ontario. By most measures, the Ontario economy is doing just fine. Unemployment, one of the most important indicators for voters, is the lowest it’s…

What will Doug Ford’s Ontario look like?

There will be immediate tax relief. The size and scope of government will decrease. The CEO of Hydro One will be fired

What will Doug Ford’s Ontario look like?Ontarians have been ready for a while to turf out Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals, after 15 years of ineffective political rule and economic mismanagement. The only uncertainty was whether they would choose Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford or New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath to lead the province in a new direction. After an…

Premier Wynne and her Ontario government must go

It’s time to remove the rot at the core of province's management and begin to reverse the damage

Premier Wynne and her Ontario government must goIn April of AD 527, a peasant from what is now Macedonia became emperor of the Romans. His name was Justinian and he left a surprising legacy. At the time of his accession, the Roman empire was more than 1,000 years old and was in terrible shape. The old city of Rome was a backwater.…

Ontario’s billion-dollar plans to reduce plant food

Using climate regulations to reduce pollution is obviously an expensive blunder

Ontario’s billion-dollar plans to reduce plant foodThe Ontario government’s throne speech last month told us that “you cannot be serious about lowering emissions and fighting climate change without a price on carbon pollution.” Nowhere in the speech is it specified what this supposed pollution actually is. That’s probably because, if it did, many people would realize that the Ontario government is…

Kathleen Wynne’s desperate vote-seeking strategy

Instead of going nuts with other people's money, Ontario's premier should be looking for a narrative to sell to voters

Kathleen Wynne’s desperate vote-seeking strategyThere are all kinds of clichés about how and why governments lose elections. That they defeat themselves. That they die by degrees. That they become the very thing they ‎once pledged to always oppose. Mostly, though, governments forget the plot. All of governing – all of the politics – is telling a story, every single day.…

Has Kathleen Wynne finally run out of luck?

Ontario's premier has been brought back from the dead more than once. But her competitors now seem more legitimate and committed

Has Kathleen Wynne finally run out of luck?For a while there, Kathleen Wynne looked like the luckiest politician alive. Just six weeks ago, as she surveyed the political landscape, this is what the Liberal premier of Ontario saw: Andrea Horwath's New Democrats had been in a witness protection program for months. And, when they were finally starting to show signs of life,…

Ontario politicians addicted to ill-fated pharmacare

Free prescription drugs skew people away from healthy lifestyles and spread the financial burden to taxpayers who don’t qualify for the drug plans

Ontario politicians addicted to ill-fated pharmacareOntario taxpayers receive nothing but bad news from their politicians on drugs. In April 2017, both the Liberal government and the opposition NDP proposed expensive drug plans. The one proposed by Liberals took effect on Jan. 1, to the detriment of the public purse. It isn’t a prescription for affordable public health, it’s a prescription…

Patrick Clown show notwithstanding, Ontario PCs favoured to win

The Ontario PCs have a legitimate chance to form the next provincial government, despite Patrick Brown's distracting presence in the leadership race

Patrick Clown show notwithstanding, Ontario PCs favoured to winThe Patrick Clown Show continues to be the biggest political story in Canada – but the biggest provincial conservative party, the Ontario PCs, are still competitive. How come? The papers are brimming with stories about Patrick Brown. For instance: on Wednesday morning of last week, out of 13 provincial-politics-related clippings landing on staffers’ desks at…

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…