Ontario workers have little to celebrate this Labour Day

The problems are widespread: a low private-sector employment rate, too many part-time jobs, below average productivity

Ontario workers have little to celebrate this Labour DayBy Charles Lammam and Brennan Sorge The Fraser Institute Labour Day is a time to celebrate workers. Unfortunately, when you compare Ontario’s labour market to other North American jurisdictions over the past three years, Ontarians have little to cheer about. Premier Doug Ford’s government has an opportunity to help turn things around. But it will…

Ontario needs to get cracking to clean up its finances

A variety of factors - from uncertain economic conditions to higher public spending - threaten to push Ontario further into debt

Ontario needs to get cracking to clean up its financesAs Ontario’s new government takes charge, attention has focused on the moves made on education and the management of Hydro One. However, the most important task remains: dealing with the province’s public finances. The government of Premier Doug Ford took a first step by tapping former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell to lead an inquiry into…

Ontario can spur entrepreneurship by cutting personal income taxes

To stop the decline in entrepreneurship in the province, Ontario must refrain from further increases in the province’s top income tax rate

Ontario can spur entrepreneurship by cutting personal income taxesBy Ergete Ferede and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Entrepreneurship remains a vital source of innovation, which helps grow economies and provide employment opportunities for Ontarians. Unfortunately, several recent studies have found fewer businesses are being started in Ontario (and Canada as a whole), pointing a long-term decline in rates of entrepreneurship. This down­ward trend…

Getting out from under Ontario’s high electricity rates

Premier Doug Ford's new government should cancel existing renewable energy contracts, not just future deals

Getting out from under Ontario’s high electricity ratesBy Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute If its recent throne speech is any indication, Ontario’s new government wants to reverse past mistakes and reduce electricity prices for Ontarians by cancelling 758 expensive green energy contracts with renewable generators for sources such as wind and solar. According to the government’s press release, this…

Born to be mild: Bikers gather in Port Dover, Ont.

Nearly 200,000 people are expected to descend upon Port Dover to celebrate the biker lifestyle and the machines they ride

Born to be mild: Bikers gather in Port Dover, Ont.On Friday the 13th, the Lake Erie town of Port Dover, Ont., (population 6,100) will welcome an estimated 200,000 motorcyclists and spectators to its annual celebration of two-wheeled freedom. The event is a tradition that started on Nov. 13, 1981, at the former Commercial Hotel, now known as Angelo’s, by Chris Simons and a few dozen…

Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon tax can and should be scrapped

The sooner this happens, the sooner the transition to a more stable and affordable economy can occur

Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon tax can and should be scrappedToo complicated. Too expensive. Too uncertain. Too dangerous. Canada's carbon pricing lobby has plenty of frantic reasons why Ontario Premier Doug Ford should abandon his plan to repeal the province's cap-and-trade carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme. Unclutch those pearls, folks. This carbon tax can be scrapped without causing political chaos, financial ruin or environmental devastation.…

Green Ontario Fund a misuse of resources

There’s no better way to waste public funds than to have programs where everyone is spending everyone else’s money

Green Ontario Fund a misuse of resourcesPremier Doug Ford has already broken a key promise. Instead of putting money back into the pockets of Ontarians, the new Progressive Conservative premier of Ontario is apparently hiking expenses. We know this because that great bastion of sound fiscal logic and clear economic thinking – the Toronto Star editorial board – says so. The Green Ontario Fund, which Ford plans to cut, “is putting money…

Make Ontario energy affordable again

Premier Doug Ford must fulfil his promise to scrap the cap-and-trade carbon tax

Make Ontario energy affordable againBack in 2016, Toronto-based Leland Industries announced it would no longer expand in Ontario but instead do so in Illinois. Illinois businesses are themselves fleeing to nearby U.S. states because that state’s business and personal taxes make it an expensive place to do business. That a company would move to high-tax Illinois tells us all we need to know…

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…

Ontario Liberals, PCs both wrong on minimum wage policy

The better plan would be a work-based subsidy that provides a cash transfer to working families with incomes below a certain level

Ontario Liberals, PCs both wrong on minimum wage policyBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute The Ontario Liberals and Ontario Progressive Conservatives both recently announced how they intend to help the working poor if they win the June 7 provincial election. Unfortunately, neither party has the right policy for targeting those who need help the most. First consider the Liberal approach…

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…

The case for privatizing Crown utilities

Selling slow-moving, inflexible Toronto Hydro would benefit both taxpayers’ pocketbooks and the service they receive

The case for privatizing Crown utilitiesBy Ian Madsen and Alexandra Burnett Frontier Centre for Public Policy Increasingly, Toronto Hydro Corp. poses an expensive risk to all Toronto citizens. The century-old electricity distribution company’s aging equipment is breaking down, and the utility can’t keep up with the building boom in the Greater Toronto Area. It can take months for a new…

Minimum wage hikes serving up uncertainty in food industry

A 32 per cent increase in the minimum wage in 12 months is simply irresponsible

Minimum wage hikes serving up uncertainty in food industryThis is turning into a very challenging year for the Canadian food industry. Recent Statistics Canada numbers indicate that grocers are in trouble. Food inflation is above two per cent for the first time since April 2016. This is typically good news for grocers, increasing their margins. But given major headwinds affecting the industry, grocers…

Digging into mining investment growth

Mining investors will flock to jurisdictions that have attractive policies, and capital will follow, along with the ancillary benefits of jobs and tax revenue

Digging into mining investment growthBy Kenneth Green and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Ontario has received some good news from mining investors. Those investors now see the province as one of the top 10 most attractive regions for mining investment worldwide, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual survey of mining companies. Every year, the institute surveys miners around the…

PC carbon tax reversal still possible in Ontario

The Conservatives can reject their own carbon tax promise and defeat Kathleen Wynne in the June election

PC carbon tax reversal still possible in OntarioWhen the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party launched its policy platform, the People’s Guarantee, the most controversial proposal was implementing a carbon tax. Then-leader Patrick Brown was both praised and criticized for touting this decidedly anti-free-market concept. Brown, as we know, is no longer in charge. Two of the three declared leadership candidates, Christine Elliott and…
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