Winnipeg debt soars while provincial safety net sags
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Monday, June 29, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 25, 2015
Warning lights are starting to flash regarding Winnipeg’s finances. As with a warning light on the dash of a car, it’s not an emergency yet. But it’s time to take a close look and start working on some fixes.
The Tale of two restaurants
By Bruce Wiseman Friday, June 12, 2015
Mo’s closed their doors last month.
I feel responsible.
Five Reasons Government Debts Aren’t Like Mortgages
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Wednesday, May 27, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Sun on May 27, 2015
Every time the Manitoba government borrows money there is an inevitable comparison to home mortgages, but an inch below the spin is the glaring reality that government debt is nothing like a mortgage. Here are five reasons why.
Randi Cogan-Shinder, Toronto’s Hottest Perfume Entrepreneur Triumphs Despite Poor Ontario Busi
By Mitch Wolfe Thursday, May 21, 2015
In Liberal Premier’s Wynne’s Ontario, small Ontario companies are being whacked with skyrocketing utility costs, higher taxes, user fees, increased labor costs, rising insurance premiums, ballooning transit costs and soul-destroying regulatory red tape.
A little more interest could cost Manitoba a lot
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2015
There’s an old joke about power and money. A question is posed to a group prime ministers: if they’re reincarnated what would they like to be in their next life? After mere moments of discussion, they all agree. They would like to be reincarnated as bond fund managers. The reason: because bond fund managers are the ones with real power.
For Two Groups on Opposite Sides of the Aisle, Records Requests to Export-Import Bank Return Differe
By Heritage Foundation Wednesday, May 6, 2015
For two groups on opposing sides of the political spectrum, requests to the Export-Import Bank for records under the Freedom of Information Act yield different results.
Irresponsible Provincial Budget Shouldn’t be a Surprise
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Tuesday, May 5, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 4, 2015
To be fair to Charlie Brown, Lucy always tells a creative new story to convince him to kick the football. Lucy’s audacity pales in comparison to Greg Selinger’s government. The NDP’s 2015-16 budget dispenses with even the flimsiest attempt to feign financial credibility.
Selinger Budget Forces Manitobans to Co-Sign Loans in Crayon
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Monday, May 4, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Sun on May 1, 2015
There’s a woman who’s over 90 with a razor-sharp memory and lightning quick wit who grew up in Southern Manitoba.
Modernizing the Access to Information Act
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Between elections, what tools can Canadians use to hold their federal government to account? One important tool is the Access to Information Act. You may not have heard of it, but it’s a vitally important law that lets any Canadian request information about what the government is doing, including just what our tax dollars are being spent on, and by whom. And even more importantly, it creates a legal responsibility for the government to provide the information.
With the income tax deadline looming, Canadians challenged by an increasingly complex tax system
By Fraser Institute Monday, April 27, 2015
VANCOUVER —As deadline day approaches for filing personal income tax returns, Canadians are being forced to wrestle with an ever evolving tax system that is much more complicated than it was in the 1990s, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
Ontario budget 2015: Job-killing pension tax threatens small business
By News on the Net Thursday, April 23, 2015
TORONTO, – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is disappointed that the provincial government has ignored Ontario’s small businesses in the 2015 budget. Instead of using policy levers to stimulate job creation and growth in small and medium-sized firms, the province unfairly singles out independent business owners and their employees by continuing to move forward with a proposed payroll tax, disguised as a pension premium.
Tulips & Financial Bubbles
By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser Monday, April 20, 2015
Whenever I travel overseas via Schiphol, the Amsterdam airport, I’ll get some tulips to take along. Freshly cut tulips are available year-round at a reasonable cost, as well as a great selection of tulip and other bulbs. There were times some of such bulbs would have cost you a fortune.
How long will condos last?
By Dan S. Barnabic Friday, April 10, 2015
Every time I am approached by condo buyers and owners alike, the most asked question is on the future of condominiums.
Congress can jump-start a sluggish economy by reauthorizing fast-tracking trade authority
By Guest Column Thursday, April 9, 2015
WASHINGTON,D.C.—Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is critical because growth and jobs at home depend on our ability to sell American goods and services to the 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside the United States.
Obama Administration Wants to Regulate the Advice We Get From Retirement Planners
By Heritage Foundation Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Now, it appears the Obama administration wants to control the advice we can get from retirement planners.