The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017
A look back at 2017 shows far too many instances in Canada where we got it all wrong By Gwyn Morgan Contributor Troy Media For my first column of the New Year, I’ve dipped into my collection of irrational, damaging or downright dumb happenings in 2017. The year saw major breakthroughs in the use of genetically-modified human cells to treat... Read More

Alberta’s carbon policies damage province’s competitiveness

Alberta’s carbon policies damage province’s competitiveness
The province already lags behind many American states in key policy areas, including regulatory compliance and taxation By Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari & Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The Alberta government recently announced new regulations aimed at providing emission-cutting incentives for industry. But it’s getting harder to attract capital to Alberta’s oil and gas industry due to regulatory and... Read More

Canada’s tax code is too complicated – even for CRA officials

Canada’s tax code is too complicated – even for CRA officials
As tax complexity grows, so do tax compliance costs. Canadians spend nearly $7 billion complying with the personal income tax system each year By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Canada’s personal income tax system is complicated and the nuances are often cryptic. So citizens routinely rely on Canada Revenue Agency staff to help them navigate the system.... Read More

‘Fairness’ rhetoric masks an income tax imbalance

‘Fairness’ rhetoric masks an income tax imbalance
Not only does the top one per cent pay a disproportionate share of Canada’s taxes, its share has increased over the past two decades By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute For months, the Trudeau government has used the term “tax fairness” to justify higher taxes on entrepreneurs and incorporated professionals. While what’s a fair distribution of taxes... Read More

“Green energy” fairy tale turning into a nightmare for Canada

“Green energy” fairy tale turning into a nightmare for Canada
Trudeau and his paladins remain convinced that their green energy dream will come true, if only they believe hard enough By Gwyn Morgan Contributor Troy Media Once upon a time in a northern dominion called Canada, a thriving oil industry provided fuel for vehicles, trains and airplanes. There was also a large natural gas industry that kept the people warm... Read More

Canada unprepared for an aging population

Canada unprepared for an aging population
The adverse consequences of an aging population – deficits, debt and slowing economic growth – can be mitigated with prompt action By Jason Clemens and Sasha Parvani The Fraser Institute Canada’s population is aging, like all industrialized countries. But unlike most industrialized countries, Canada is doing almost nothing to prepare for the implications of an older population. And, in some... Read More

Ontario’s wrong-headed energy policy burns 75,000 jobs

Ontario’s wrong-headed energy policy burns 75,000 jobs
The province’s manufacturing sector may find itself even less competitive soon due to developments in the United States By Mark Milke Contributor Canadians for Affordable Energy How do you kill 75,000 jobs and turn your valuable location into a disadvantage? If you’re the Ontario government, you: start a transition to renewable energy driven by politicians without any cost-benefit analyses; when... Read More

Grocers seek to restock the industry with innovation

Grocers seek to restock the industry with innovation
Recent Canadian grocery sector layoffs are about redefining business models more than trimming costs By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies Downsizing is never easy. And just weeks before the festive season, reducing staff is bad for morale. But industry changes are forcing Canada’s grocers to rethink store structures, including staffing. Metro let 250 people go recently.... Read More

Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery store

Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery store
The Amazon effect has Loblaws and others reimagining their businesses. Consumers will have greater choice and convenience – from their homes By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies The bricks-and-mortar food retailing model is losing its lustre in Canada. The signs are everywhere. Loblaws is the latest grocer to commit to home delivery. Starting in December, the... Read More