Canada’s identity forged by struggle that created shared values

Trudeau is wrong – it's not just diversity that makes us strong, it’s how our diverse parts find so much in common

Canada’s identity forged by struggle that created shared values“Be proud of your heritage – be passionate about your country,” was the motto of The Ukrainian Voice, a Winnipeg-based newspaper that recently ceased operations. First published in 1910, it was the leading advocate for Ukrainians in Canada. In this digital age, it couldn’t survive. Read by many in its day, it will be missed.…

Why a Canadian basic income is inevitable

The need for income security among middle-class Canadians is accelerating as the labour market changes

Why a Canadian basic income is inevitableIn Canadian policy circles, basic income has come to mean a stipend paid to families or individuals without the many conditions and rules that govern existing income assistance programs. The amount received is gradually reduced as income from other sources increases. However, basic income is not just about welfare reform. A basic income is most…

The cash cows of USMCA: how Canada’s dairy industry can survive

A clear vision and strategy for dairy’s future is imperative, with a forward-looking focus on domestic and foreign markets

The cash cows of USMCA: how Canada’s dairy industry can surviveThe United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), or NAFTA 2.0, could be the watershed moment Canadian dairy farmers have been waiting for. The federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to compensating the dairy sector for either lost sales, higher per-unit costs or the loss in value of quotas. The government has been clear on…

New trade deal increases American sway over Canada

The purpose of the USMCA is to first promote the economic and trade interests of the U.S. within North America

New trade deal increases American sway over CanadaThe great vociferous North American trade negotiations are finally over. And while the deal could still be derailed by the coming November mid-term elections in the United States, it’s very likely that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will be the new framework for conducting trade on the continent. There has been a lot of ink…

Trans Mountain mired in hopeless consultations and useless studies

The court decision against the pipeline veered away from objective legal analysis into opinions designed to justify preconceived biases

Trans Mountain mired in hopeless consultations and useless studiesFor the second time in two years, three judges with the Federal Court of Appeal struck down a crucially important oil export pipeline project that had undergone years of regulatory review. The approval of Northern Gateway by the former federal government of Conservative Stephen Harper was struck down in 2016. That was after Enbridge spent…

Time for Canada to forge its own trade destiny – outside USMCA

NAFTA made us dependent on the U.S. The new trade deal will do more of the same. We need to globalize our trade perspective

Time for Canada to forge its own trade destiny – outside USMCANow that the dust has settled on United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), what are the key takeaways and what should Canadians be doing next? The first and most obvious takeaway is acceptance: this deal is poison. USMCA does not create a free-trade zone. In fact, the words 'free trade' never appear in the documents. This is…

The new NAFTA isn’t perfect but we all win

Finally, the U.S., Canada and Mexico are back on the same free trade page

The new NAFTA isn’t perfect but we all winLate Sunday eve, ye modern-day Paul (or Paula?) Revere took thy faithful steed through th’ cobblestone road of Ottawa’s dark ’n’ gloomy Byward Market. A glorious message was spread o’er hill ’n’ dale, rising to the heavens above, “The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming! And we saved NAFTA, eh?” It’s done, ladies and…

How USMCA democratized supply management

The new North American trade agreement has forced Canadians to look honestly at our dairy industry

How USMCA democratized supply managementNobody should be surprised – concessions on dairy access during the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations were foreseeable. Americans went from wanting to tweak the North American Free Trade Agreement last year to getting significant concessions from Canada in the USMCA, which replaces NAFTA. It’s a deal we needed, of course. But how will our…

Groundhog Day, Trans Mountain pipeline style

Once again, the National Energy Board will review the contentious project. It's paralysis by analysis

Groundhog Day, Trans Mountain pipeline styleOn Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil in the United States and Wiarton Willie in Canada ceremonially emerge from their dens. If they see their shadows (meaning it’s a sunny day), they return to their dens for an additional six weeks of winter. And who can forget the classic movie Groundhog Day? Bill Murray…

NEB announces next steps in Trans Mountain review

The federal regulator must complete the reconsideration process and issue its report no later than Feb. 22, 2019

NEB announces next steps in Trans Mountain reviewThe National Energy Board, an independent federal regulator for several parts of Canada's energy industry, announced Wednesday it will hold a public hearing to carry out its reconsideration related to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. “The NEB will carry out its reconsideration related to the Trans Mountain expansion project as directed by the order…

Trade, deficit reduction and tax reform critical as recession looms

The federal government must act quickly on 3 fronts if it is to head off economic disaster

Trade, deficit reduction and tax reform critical as recession loomsWith the resumption of Parliament, Canada’s policy-makers face a turbulence. The United States and China are waging an economic Cold War armed with tariffs. And Ottawa continues negotiating with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with an American deadline looming on Sept. 30. Alongside all this,…

Canada’s labour markets weaker than federal government suggests

Every Canadian province significantly underperformed relative to U.S. states – they all rank in the bottom half

Canada’s labour markets weaker than federal government suggestsBy Charles Lammam and Brennan Sorge The Fraser Institute Touting Canada’s relatively low unemployment rate is a common refrain from the current federal government. For instance, Finance Minister Bill Morneau repeatedly states that “Canada’s unemployment rate is now the lowest it's been in over 40 years” and “these are the real results of a plan…

Canada can’t afford to be bullied by Trump on trade

What the president really wants is the surrender of Canadian sovereignty, to create a semi-colonial dependency

Canada can’t afford to be bullied by Trump on tradeU.S. President Donald Trump is, once again, blaming Canada for delays in concluding North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. There's nothing new in this but this time Trump is bringing in high-powered congressional guns to lambaste Canada. Trump loyalist and Republican Congressman Steve Scalise lowered the rhetorical boom: “Mexico negotiated in good faith and…

The Liberal government’s tax plan a failure

Politicians treat successful Canadians as natural resources to be annually harvested and squeezed for as much money as possible

The Liberal government’s tax plan a failureA few years ago, the federal Liberals told Canadians that they would help the middle class by raising taxes on the rich. According to the early evidence, the plan has flopped. This was entirely predictable. In 2015, the C.D. Howe Institute (formerly chaired by the current federal finance minister) called the policy a “losing proposition.”…

Recognizing the many faces of poverty in Canada

To have effective policies, we need clear, understandable indicators for the most important dimensions of poverty

Recognizing the many faces of poverty in CanadaThe federal government is to be congratulated on its just-released Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy, running to over 100 pages, endorses the idea of an official poverty line, relieving Statistics Canada from the impossible task of finding a purely statistical basis of definition. It further endorses the idea that poverty has many dimensions – including…
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