O’Toole needs a better plan to fight inflation

He's right to criticize Trudeau for borrowing too much money. But he has a credibility problem

O’Toole needs a better plan to fight inflationConservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole wants to blast Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over inflation. And the prime minister is certainly vulnerable as rising prices at the gas pump and grocery store illustrate the risks of runaway government spending. But using O’Toole’s policies to fight inflation would be like using gas to put out a fire.…

Food theft is on the rise as prices climb

And the worst is yet to come

Food theft is on the rise as prices climbShoplifting has been on the rise in Canadian supermarkets in recent months. And that ultimately costs us all. Concrete data on theft in grocery stores is difficult to get since incidents are typically underreported. Managers tend to take matters into their own hands. But with the increasing number of reports of theft, and security guards…

Surviving threats to your business and returning to profitability

Labour shortages, inflation and supply challenges are forcing businesses to make serious decisions

Surviving threats to your business and returning to profitabilityThe steely blade of the hunting knife at my throat made me swiftly take stock of the seriousness of the situation and my immediate options. At the age of 26, I was selling goods that included hunting knives from an outdoor stall when a patron grabbed a knife and held it to my neck, demanding…

Food rescuing goes mainstream

More than 35.5M tonnes of food is thrown out yearly in Canada and rescuing food is getting more attention

Food rescuing goes mainstreamMany people claim the term’ food waste’ should never be used and there’s some truth to that. Food is precious and is always of value to someone, somewhere. Associating food with the term ‘waste’ can only imply that food can become worthless. We can compost it, use it to produce biofuels and, of course, repurpose…

Protecting the most vulnerable from the coming energy crisis

We're deluded if we believe that the consequences will only be borne by workers in the oil and gas sector

Protecting the most vulnerable from the coming energy crisisShortly before the election was called, the federal government launched an engagement process to determine how Canadians want to implement a 'Just Transition' to a net-zero carbon economy. To the government, this means developing supports for the oil and gas workers whose livelihoods are being impacted by domestic climate policies. A 'Just Transition Advisory Body'…

Cash is still king in Switzerland and it’s paying off

The continued reliance on cash is a symbol of good governance

Cash is still king in Switzerland and it’s paying offWhen I audited an economics class in the Rice University School of Business, the lecturer compared inflation to slow-growing cancer and deflation to a heart attack. The implication was that deflation – declining prices – is fatal and worse than inflation. This Keynesian fearmongering, which empowers central banks to water down currencies, is common but…

How serious is food inflation in Canada?

Very. But you wouldn't know it from StatsCan data

How serious is food inflation in Canada?If you think food prices are increasing at a much faster pace than what Statistics Canada suggests, you’re likely not imagining it. For a few years, many Canadians have suspected that the federal agency was either underestimating our food inflation or there was some lag between what was going on at the grocery store and…

COVID-19 has driven governments into debt traps

Printing money to address short-term needs will lead to inflation and dampen any potential economic recovery

COVID-19 has driven governments into debt trapsThe financial consequences of COVID-19 and the shutdown of economies are difficult to evaluate. But some of those consequences have begun to appear and could hinder economic recovery. Inflation is one of these harmful consequences. In the United States, consumer prices jumped 4.2 per cent in the 12 months through to April, up from 2.6…

Ontario gas prices hit seven-year high

Without taxes, the price of gas per litre today would be sitting at 92 cents

Ontario gas prices hit seven-year highHardworking taxpayers are facing record-high gas prices, and politicians are the culprits driving up the bills. In Ontario, up to 38 per cent of the price of gas that we are charged at the pumps comes from taxes, according to a report released by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. And that percentage is only set to…

The economic dangers of a new inflationary era

Interest rates will rise dramatically to compensate financial institutions with effects lasting for years

The economic dangers of a new inflationary eraIt’s not entirely clear whether the Canadian and the global economies are heading for a new inflationary era. It may turn out that inflation is not only elevated from recent negligible levels, but escalates, steadily at first, and then dramatically, as it did in the 1960s until the early 1980s. If it does, the havoc…

O’Toole offers a thoughtful strategy to tackle food inflation

If you feel you’re paying more for food, it’s not an illusion

O’Toole offers a thoughtful strategy to tackle food inflationThe Conservative Party of Canada recently promised to control food inflation for Canadians. It’s an odd promise for a party typically known to embrace market-free conditions but it holds great potential. What makes this promise even more atypical is that Canadians have access to one of the most affordable food baskets in the world, 18th…

Carbon tax a crushing load at the fuel pump

Owners of the most popular vehicles in Canada will pay much more in carbon taxes in coming years

Carbon tax a crushing load at the fuel pumpBy Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre Except for a few blessed spots in southern Ontario and southern British Columbia, Canada is a cold northern country. That means that for six months of the year or more, snow can pile up on streets, highways, your driveway, and condominium and apartment exit ramps. And…

How politicians can make our lives more affordable

A huge portion of the high cost of living is being driven by government policy

How politicians can make our lives more affordableBy Franco Terrazzano and Jay Goldberg Canadian Taxpayers Federation Political parties are trying their best to convince Canadians they can make life more affordable. But if politicians want us to believe them, they need to look in the mirror. That’s because making life more affordable really means tackling the damage government does through regulation, high…

We’re all paying a COVID-19 tax at the grocery store

Groceries are about to get expensive. Food inflation should be a key issue in the Canadian election

We’re all paying a COVID-19 tax at the grocery storeCanadians’ ballot decisions in the Sept. 20 federal election will likely differ depending on what you really care about. But since everyone eats and most of us try to manage a limited food budget, the most important electoral issue will likely be inflation. Or at least it should be. Everything is costing Canadians more, including…

Jumping on the regenerative agriculture bandwagon

But what does that mean for consumers and suppliers?

Jumping on the regenerative agriculture bandwagonRegenerative agriculture is making some noise of late – so much so that some companies are making it a priority. Foods, the world’s largest producer of french fries, just committed to limiting its climate footprint, saying all its french fries will come from farms using regenerative agriculture by 2030. For consumers, this is supposed to…