National Newswatch

Quebec’s Bill 96 motivated by false fears about language and misunderstanding about economics

Oct 29 2021 — Yanick Labrie — Being a relatively small share of North America’s population, Quebec’s French-speakers have always had good reasons to feel concerned about their fate as a linguistic community. Over time, these concerns have spurred calls for government intervention and legislation to stop or reverse a perceived decline in French usage in the province. Answering these calls, the […]

Eyes on the prize: How Canada can and should double GDP by 2050

Oct 25 2021 — — Governments over the years have set targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions, inflation, immigration, spending on health care, deficit reduction, and much more. But Ottawa has lacked similar conviction when it comes to ensuring the long-term prosperity of Canadians. A bold new MLI paper by Senior Fellow Philip Cross urges Canada to focus on the […]

China and the CPTPP, Step One on Re-engaging

Oct 14 2021 — — China has formally applied to begin the process of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – news that did not come as a surprise to those who follow the agreement. The Chinese government has signalled its intention for years in policy statements that have been tracked by observers. In the interim, […]

The greatest tool in tackling climate change needs our help: nature

Sep 29 2021 — Catherine Grenier — As we begin to enjoy the fall colours and foliage, let’s consider what our forests provide. The short answer is, much more than we realize. The roots of trees, from BC’s hulking cedars to Newfoundland and Labrador’s rare black ash, reach out to us all, connecting Canadians to each other and to this land.  Even if you don’t live in or near a forest, we all […]

The expensive truth about a universal basic income

Sep 11 2021 — Tegan Hill and Jake Fuss — Since the beginning of the pandemic, with its lockdowns and restrictions, the idea of government providing a universal basic income has gained greater interest. Indeed, the idea surfaced (albeit briefly) in the federal election’s English-language debate Thursday night. A universal basic income (UBI) is one type of guaranteed annual income (GAI). A GAI broadly refers […]

Trudeau and O’Toole muddy their spending plans

Sep 3 2021 — Jason Clemens and Jake Fuss — During an election campaign, voters must weigh the costs and benefits of the promises made by each political party. As such, voter decisions rely on the transparency—or lack thereof—of the parties. When it comes to government spending, there are legitimate concerns about how transparent the two front-running parties are being about the costs of their […]

Reining in Drug Prices, Before Pharmacare Slips Away

Sep 2 2021 — Danyaal Raza — To the dismay of many, this election thus far has had little mention of pharmacare. The NDP has re-iterated their support for a universal, public program to start as early as next year, while the Conservatives have no platform mention of it at all, and the incumbent Liberal’s absence of timelines in this week’s platform […]

Afghanistan and the death of the liberal world order

Aug 24 2021 — Zach Paikin — The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan marks the definitive end of a three-decade-long historical parenthesis, bringing major implications for how Canadians should conceive of their country’s role in the world. As our political parties campaign across the country, it’s a perfect time to ask some hard questions about Canada’s foreign policy ambitions. The post-Cold War era […]