National Newswatch

Employers must be allowed to temporarily lay off workers during COVID crisis

Mar 27 2020 — Alex Whalen and Niels Veldhuis — Aside from the enormous health-related challenges due to the COVID-19 virus, employers and workers are feeling major economic pain with job loss, reduced income and revenue. The ability of businesses to adjust quickly will be key to stabilizing the economy and laying the foundation for recovery. So far, as the Trudeau government’s massive emergency aid […]

Don’t be fooled by ShutDownCanada or misleading claims from dishonest activists

Feb 18 2020 — Tom Flanagan — On Tuesday, while activists reportedly tried to “arrest” Premier John Horgan at his house in British Columbia, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke to the House of Commons, stressing the need for “patience” as rail blockades continue to prevent freight and passenger across Canada. Indeed, the #ShutDownCanada movement is in full swing in B.C. and across the […]

Trudeau tax relief plan—funded by borrowed money—will do little for economic growth

Jan 30 2020 — Jake Fuss and Finn Poschmann — According to a Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) report released this week, the Trudeau government’s plan to increase the “basic personal amount” will cost nearly $7 billion annually when fully implemented. This price tag is not only higher than what the Liberals anticipated during the election campaign (and in the December fiscal update), it also means […]

Canada must rethink restrictions on private health insurance—for the sake of patients

Jan 30 2020 — Steven Globerman — In its sole reliance on government providing “first-dollar” coverage of medically necessary services, Canada’s health-care system is unique among high-income countries with universal health care. In particular, virtually all high-income countries including Australia, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands allow residents to use private insurance to pay for some or all medically necessary services. Here in […]

Vincent Geloso

CEO pay – when they deserve it, and when they don’t

Jan 21 2020 — Vincent Geloso — In debates about inequality, some people—including some economists—claim that the salaries and compensation of chief executive officers (CEOs) are not linked to performance. Thus, they don’t really earn their money. This claim, repeated ad nauseam in recent years, is misleading to say the least. As noted in my recent study published by the Fraser Institute, […]

Trudeau government making wrong type of tax cuts

Jan 5 2020 — Jason Clemens , Jake Fuss and Tegan Hill — As expected, Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently confirmed the federal government’s intention to reduce personal income taxes for everyone except “higher-income earners.” With total taxes (federal, provincial and local) consuming 44.7 per cent of the average family’s income in 2019, it’s easy to see why Canadians want tax relief. The problem is the type of […]

PISA results include good news for Canadian education—and some early warning signs

Dec 4 2019 — Derek J. Allison — Canada’s 15-year-old students continue to do well on the gold standard of academic testing, but with some concerns. This week, the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA), which has randomly tested students worldwide every three years since 2000, released its latest results from reading, math and science tests completed by some half-a-million students in 79 […]

‘Eat local’ food movement doomed to fail in Ontario and beyond

Nov 19 2019 — Pierre Desrochers — Across Ontario, “local food” activists continue to promote the economic, social and environmental virtues of small local alternative farms, community gardens, backyard henhouses and older, less-efficient and more expensive ways to produce food. In response, the Ontario government—directly or through organizations such as Foodland Ontario, the Greenbelt Fund and the Trillium Foundation—supports several local food […]

Climate activists discard the ‘science’ for the extreme ‘unknown’

Nov 7 2019 — Robert P. Murphy — Now that the election’s over, the Trudeau government (perhaps now in closer concert with parties across the aisle) will continue its climate policy program. It’s therefore worth noting the recent tragic death of Harvard economist Martin Weitzman has underscored his work on climate risk assessment, which many climate activists use to argue for more aggressive […]

Canada can learn from Swiss and Dutch drug coverage

Sep 6 2019 — Bacchus Barua and Kristina Acri — As the Trudeau government seems poised to propose a national pharmacare plan in time for October’s federal election, many proponents of national pharmacare note that Canada is the only industrialized universal health-care country that does not provide universal coverage for prescription drugs. However, those same proponents often ignore the fact that other countries provide universal […]

Climate policy—results more important than rhetoric

Aug 15 2019 — Robert P. Murphy — I work on environmental and energy economics in both Canada and the United States. I’ve noticed that U.S. debates tend to focus on abstract principles— “capitalism versus socialism,” for example—whereas Canadians tend to put aside ideology and inquire about the empirical details. In this context, and as Canada’s political parties rollout their climate plans for […]

Mr. Prime Minister, the good times won’t last forever

May 27 2019 — Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios — Throughout its mandate, rather than acting to reduce the federal budget deficit, the Trudeau government has made “investments” in the form of more and more spending. Of course, this plan relies on a wave of good fortune, with positive economic growth and higher-than-expected revenues each year, to finance the government’s proclivity for spending. However, recent […]