Comeau ruling defies economic – and common – sense

A Supreme Court ruling that there’s no ‘constitutional guarantee of free trade’ will stifle both competition and lower prices for consumers

Comeau ruling defies economic – and common – senseThe Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that provinces have the right to erect interprovincial tariff barriers. That’s bad news for Canadian consumers and the health of the national economy. It is, however, a relief for provinces that for years have allowed fiscal priorities to supersede consumer choice and common economic sense. In 2012, Gerard…

Shove EDC off taxpayers’ shoulders and into the private sector

Canada's export credit agency is good at what it does. But part of that is taking risks with taxpayers’ money. It's time for that to end

Shove EDC off taxpayers’ shoulders and into the private sectorExport Development Canada (EDC) has a big problem – the kind of problem Crown corporations have no business courting. Canada’s export credit agency, EDC loaned Turquoise Hill Resources, a mining company, $1 billion. Unfortunately, Turquoise Hill allegedly transferred a considerable amount of money offshore to minimize the taxes it pays in Canada. EDC’s mission is…

Trade wars, food fights and a budget that ignores it all

Duties may look like attractive, simple mechanisms to protect domestic interests. But they’re a very expensive way to retain jobs

Trade wars, food fights and a budget that ignores it allThe ugly face of protectionism is slowly making its way across the globe. With trade wars looming on several fronts, including in the agri-food sector, Canada's federal government seems resolved to lose. Bill Morneau is obviously an influential figure in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, but he’s no finance minister – despite his title. Given…

Breaking down interprovincial trade barriers

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Comeau case this week. The outcome has implications for all Canadians

Breaking down interprovincial trade barriersAs the 150th anniversary year of Canada’s founding draws to a close, a mountain of paperwork is accumulating at the Supreme Court in the case Regina versus Comeau, which is scheduled to be argued on Dec. 6 and 7. Eight provinces and two territories have lined up to fight a New Brunswick court decision that held interprovincial…

Lowering costs, not raising wages, key to helping low-income earners

Remove trade barriers, end supply management and reduce payroll taxes – don't hike minimum wages – if you really want to address income discrepancies in Canada

Lowering costs, not raising wages, key to helping low-income earnersPeople tend to applaud minimum wage increases but those increases more likely harm those who policy-makers want to help. New Brunswick’s government has raised the minimum wage by 35 cents to $11 an hour, the 12th provincial increase since 2007. This moves the wage floor to the highest level in three decades. The minimum wage…