For beer fairness, end price controls and corporate welfare

If government believes it should discourage alcohol consumption, why does it subsidize the beer and wine industries?

For beer fairness, end price controls and corporate welfareWith much fanfare, the Ontario government has brought back “Buck-a-Beer” by lowering the government-mandated price floor on a bottle or can of beer (with alcohol volume below 5.6 per cent) from $1.25 to $1. Ontarians who don’t drink or who consume only more expensive alcoholic beverages won’t be much affected by this policy. But for…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

Ontario government strangling its wineries’ ability to compete

Likes to talk about its love for local wineries, but giving more shelf space to local vintners at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario would hurt provincial revenues

Ontario government strangling its wineries’ ability to competeShopping at the LCBO, Ontario’s government-owned alcohol retailing monopoly, is like buying liquor from a bank. The only difference is that bank tellers are nicer. It’s never fun buying wine and beer from bureaucrats. It’s better than it was in the ‘70s, but lousy just the same. Ontario’s wine producers aren’t that pleased selling to…

Ontario’s proposed labour law changes will hurt young workers the most

Canadian evidence consistently shows minimum wage hikes result in fewer job opportunities for inexperienced and low-skilled workers

By Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute The Ontario government recently proposed a series of changes to provincial labour laws, including a significant hike of the minimum wage to $15 per hour. But the proposed changes will hurt the vulnerable workers they’re meant to help. The proposal would increase the minimum wage from its current rate of…

Ontario reopens spending tap, exposing province to more risk

Despite tabling Ontario’s first balanced operating budget in a decade, there are signs the government plans to go right back to undisciplined spending

Ontario reopens spending tap, exposing province to more riskBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Premier Kathleeen Wynne’s government recently tabled Ontario’s first balanced operating budget in a decade. While it’s good to see the province finally bring its expenditures in line with revenues, there are worrying signs the government plans to go right back to the undisciplined approach that created Ontario’s…