National Newswatch

Canada’s Forgotten Poor? Putting Singles Living in Deep Poverty on the Policy Radar

Sep 22 2020 — — Despite federal, provincial, and territorial governments devoting a lot of effort on plans to reduce poverty in recent years, too many Canadians continue to struggle to meet their basic daily needs on incomes that fall far below the poverty line. And, among all household groups, single persons without dependants are most likely to find themselves […]

Now is not the time to get hysterical about the federal debt

Sep 22 2020 — Marc Lee — Public policy in Canada remains haunted by large deficits that prevailed in the 1980s and early 1990s. With COVID-19 economic response pushing the federal deficit to an estimated $343 billion in 2020/21, some pundits are starting to beat the deficit hysteria drum again. Don’t let big numbers scare you. Here’s why we shouldn’t be worried. […]

Trudeau government should learn from Ontario’s green energy failure

Sep 18 2020 — Elmira Aliakbari and Jason Clemens — Gerry Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau, is at the heart of a new group, the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery, which recently released a series of recommendations for massive investment in green projects. These recommendations seems to be influencing the prime minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, in terms of how […]

Ep.23: New Ventures into Democracy

Sep 17 2020 — — New digital frontiers have renewed old problems: conspiracy theories, hate speech and disinformation. This conversation with Peter MacLeod, founder of public engagement firm MASS LBP, and Amira Elghawaby, journalist and human rights advocate, gives us insights on the health of our democracy and explores innovative approaches to civil dialogue in a social media age – […]

Ep.22: From Old School, to (Mostly) Online School

Sep 11 2020 — — Denise Amyot, CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada, and Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada, saw the move online of 1.4 million learners in the 10 days after the pandemic struck. Now those students are going back to school in new ways – ways we didn’t expect to be the norm for 10 years. Join […]

Economic freedom on the wane worldwide

Sep 10 2020 — Fred McMahon — Two troubling questions lurk behind the results of the Fraser Institute’s 2020 Economic Freedom of the World report, released Sept. 10. This year’s report is based on 2018 data (the most recent available). By 2018, global economic freedom had recovered from the 2008 financial crisis and was at its highest level ever, albeit by just […]

COVID crisis presents opportunity for trade reform in Atlantic Canada

Sep 2 2020 — Alex Whalen and Ben Eisen — Earlier this summer, the four Atlantic provinces formed the “Atlantic Bubble” as the region works toward freer movement of people amid the COVID crisis. And clearly, the pandemic’s effect on the economy underscores the value of free movement of people and goods, which—on the bright side—presents some opportunity. For example, as the Atlantic provinces cooperate […]

A sovereign wealth fund for our health care system isn’t far-fetched

Aug 21 2020 — — Despite the headlines about high deficits because of the cost of COVID-19 programs, governments must avoid the knee-jerk reaction of drastically cutting spending right now. While deficits can be problematic if left unchecked and persistent for too long, history and context matter a great deal. Canada is among the wealthiest countries in the world — […]

Precaution can kill—during a pandemic and beyond

Aug 21 2020 — Pierre Lemieux and William F. Shughart II — Proof that anything will have absolutely no harmful consequences is—well, impossible. But it’s pretty much the touchstone that government agencies in the European Union and the United States use to regulate chemical compounds—including medicines. It’s as if everything were forbidden unless explicitly permitted. The result? A life-threatening stifling of innovation. And that was true before […]

Canada can no longer ignore foreign interference from China

Aug 18 2020 — — The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the foreign-interference tactics of Russia and China. Since the beginning, both actively promoted disinformation and conspiracies about COVID-19’s origin and engaged in “mask diplomacy” to boost a favourable international profile. There are allegations of Russian and Chinese hackers targeting organizations developing a COVID-19 vaccine. While Russia has […]

Trudeau government move undermines COVID-19 response

Aug 7 2020 — Kristina M.L. Acri — First, the good news. Symvivo Corporation, a Canadian company, currently has a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate in phase one trials. But the bad news is that the Trudeau government is dismantling the incentives to find a vaccine. In the battle against the global pandemic, public- and private-sector actors both have essential roles to play. Governments are […]

Sanctioning Chinese officials under the Magnitsky Act

Jul 28 2020 — — Chairman, members of the Committee, thank you for giving me this opportunity to address you today on the shocking persecution of the Uyghur minority in China. I come to this from a slightly different angle than other people on the panel and other people who’ve testified. Some of you may know me. For many years, […]