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Half of Canadians say their country is ‘too generous’ toward illegal border crossers

September 1, 2017—In the wake of a new wave of asylum seekers crossing the border in search of permanent residency, more than half of Canadians say this country is being “too generous” towards those coming in through irregular channels.

Since July 1, more than 7,000 people have walked across the border into Quebec to make asylum claims.

By Angus Reid Institute - Friday, September 1, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario’s labour market ranks among worst in North America; trails Michigan in job-creation

TORONTO—Ontario’s job-creation and labour market performance ranks poorly when compared to other Canadian provinces and U.S. states, and it trails far behind other manufacturing jurisdictions including Michigan, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“By almost every measure, Ontario’s labour market is at the back of the pack in North America,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Measuring Labour Markets in Canada and the United States, 2017.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

Labour Day Reality Check: Government employees take 65% more sick days than private sector

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a comparison of employee sick day data as compiled by Statistics Canada, which shows a consistent gap between government and private sector workers.

“Curiously, there is a clear trend of significantly higher sick days among government employees compared to their private sector counterparts,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick “Even worse, it appears that in most provinces, government employees are getting sicker every year.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Full Story

What’s in a name? Call to remove John A. MacDonald’s from schools meets firm opposition

August 28, 2017 – A call from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario to remove the name of Canada’s first prime minister from public schools because of his support for Indigenous assimilation through residential education is being met with more than twice as much opposition as support.

The latest survey from the Angus Reid Institute finds more than half of Canadians (55%) say they would oppose such a move, while one-quarter (25%) are in favour.  A significant segment – nearly one-in-five (19%) could not offer an opinion.

By Angus Reid Institute - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - Full Story

Trudeau won’t adopt Scheer’s plan to control the border

CPC leader Andrew Scheer has been relatively quiet this summer causing criticism from some conservatives. It seems the newly elected leader preferred to do the barbeque circuit rather than speak out against serious issues facing Canada such as the $10.5 million payment to terrorist Omar Khadr and the erasure by the Trudeau government of the country’s southern border.

It is true Scheer made some comments about these matters but left the bulk of the border crisis to Michelle Rempel, the party’s immigration critic. Rempel’s solution was to simply spend more and more money to hire more immigration officers and Immigration and Refugee board judges and support staff in order to process these illegal border crossers more quickly. The faster they can be processed, the sooner they can be deported back to their countries of origin. Rempel’s solution to simply throw more money at the problem was truly Trudashian.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - Full Story

Never mind name-changing: For Indians and Inuit the reality is now

As the Roman historian Polybius wrote, learning from history can avert repetition of past mistakes. Most name-changing unnecessarily corrupts history.

One lesson from history, and geography, is that Aboriginal leaders—and grandstanding busybodies—don’t speak for the burgeoning cohort of followers doubling every twenty years. Multigenerational welfare recipients need help that works. Why don’t ostensible leaders demand the opportunities for education, sports and skills training that Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation commissioner, now a Senator, Murray Sinclair had, for example, when growing up in Selkirk, Manitoba?

By Colin Alexander - Sunday, August 27, 2017 - Full Story

Five Biggest Data Companies Like Oil Barrons

Data is the new oil’: Your personal information is now the world’s most valuable commodity

I noticed a few weeks ago when I tried to post a comment under a YouTube video while on my laptop, after I pointed the icon onto the comment section, it showed my full first and last name and that if I posted a comment, that I would be agreeing to setup a YouTube channel. What???

Firstly, why would I want to use my full legal real name if I have never posted a video to YouTube and why is Google trying to sucker me into exposing my full legal name??

By Mark Smyth - Saturday, August 26, 2017 - Full Story

Taxes—not housing and basic necessities—are largest Canadian household expense

VANCOUVER—Despite high housing costs across the country, the average Canadian family spent more on taxes in 2016 than housing, food and clothing combined, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Many Canadians may think housing is their biggest household expense, but in fact the average Canadian family spent more on taxes last year than on life’s basic necessities—including housing,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of the Canadian Consumer Tax Index, which tracks the total tax bill of the average Canadian family from 1961 to 2016.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Full Story

Bill Morneau’s attack on the middle class

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently announced a plan to crack down on “tax planning using private corporations” by closing “loopholes.”

Given the chosen wording, you would be forgiven for assuming these were of interest only to a handful of high powered tax lawyers and accountants. Yet if adopted, these changes would mean a dramatic tax hike for millions of Canadians and impact countless small businesses.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Full Story

You don’t have to be fascist to oppose immigration

There are plenty of good reasons to oppose immigration into Canada. Presumably a man of the Left, Environmentalist David Suzuki opposes immigration: “Canada is full! Although it’s the second largest country in the world,” he says, “our useful area has been reduced. Our immigration policy is disgusting: We plunder southern countries by depriving them of future leaders, and we want to increase our population to support economic growth. It’s crazy!”

Canada has a burgeoning underclass of multigenerational welfare recipients, many but by no means all of them Indians and Inuit. The Fraser Institute says there’s an intensifying jobs shortage, and that recent immigrants receive tens of billions of dollars more in benefits than they pay in taxes.  The root of this challenge, then, is not just that so many of the marginalized seem to be unemployed and unemployable. It’s that they’re unequipped for participation in the modern economy.

By Colin Alexander - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Flawed equalization program can’t respond fairly to big changes in Canadian economy

TORONTO—As traditional “have” provinces struggle economically, Canada’s equalization program is not equipped to adapt to the country’s new economic landscape, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The economic gap between so-called have and have-not provinces has shrunk, but equalization payments are required to keep growing automatically no matter how much provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan are struggling,” said Ben Eisen, co-author of Should Equalization Keep on Growing in an Era of Converging Fiscal Capacity?

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

The Charter’s Notwithstanding Clause and Canada’s border crisis

So many illegals have been walking into Canada lately, even Justin Trudeau is starting to worry. Yesterday Trudeau said if he could talk to “asylum seekers,” he would tell them, there is no advantage to just walking into Canada. He added those seeking refugee status will be subjected to a “rigorous screening process” and “our rules, our principles and our laws apply to everyone.” Cue the laughter. (CBC, Aug. 20, 2017)

During the first two weeks of August, 3,800 people were apprehended by the RCMP walking into Quebec. This does not include those who were caught walking to other provinces or those who managed to enter the country without being caught by the authorities. And there is no indication these numbers are about to decrease anytime soon.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

The Invasion of Canada

Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle. 1,477 people live in this little corner of Quebec with its apple orchards, elderberry fields and small wineries. But now 400 migrants can cross the border in a single day

On the other side of the border is New York. There the language is English. In Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, the language of choice is French. But these days you’re a more likely to hear Arabic, Urdu or Haitian French being spoken here as Roxham Road fills with clots of migrants scampering out of America.

By Daniel Greenfield - Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Full Story

Hillier & Reid: Parks Canada Needs to Take Responsibility for Flooding

(PERTH) Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington) along with his federal counterpart MP Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) have called on Parks Canada to help contribute to the relief efforts for those individuals and business affected by the recent flooding in Tay Valley Township.

“Last June at the height of the flooding, Scott and I sent a letter to Daniel Watson, the C.E.O of Parks Canada, outlining how policies at Parks Canada allowed the water level behind the dam at Bob’s Lake to remain higher than usual, which when hit with the unexpectedly high rainfall, resulted in an overflow at the dam and rapid flooding downstream,” Hillier explained. “We still have not received a reply to that letter.”

By Randy Hillier - Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Full Story

Can You Buy A Canadian Citizenship? Almost

There was a myth circulating in the deeper reaches of the internet that one could buy a Canadian citizenship from the Province of Quebec, assuming you were rich enough.  Or so I thought it was a myth.

As it turns out, it’s just about true.  It is entirely possible to essentially purchase Canadian Permanent Residency status, that is the level just beneath Canadian Citizenship, through something called the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

I’ll explain how this dubious bureaucratic quid pro quo transaction works in a moment, but first, what is the difference between Canadian Permanent Residency and Canadian Citizenship?

By Spencer Morrison - Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Full Story

Lower interest rates and rising incomes more than doubled amount Canadians can borrow for a home

VANCOUVER—Canadians have been able to qualify for much larger mortgages over the past two decades because of declining interest rates and rising incomes, and that has more than likely translated into higher home prices, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Increased borrowing power, brought about by falling interest rates and rising incomes, is potentially the most overlooked and least understood factor influencing home prices across Canada,” said Niels Veldhuis, president of the Fraser Institute.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Full Story

Ottawa faces stark choice in NAFTA talks; scrap high-profile protectionist policies or risk the deal

VANCOUVER—To successfully renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada may have to eliminate protectionist policies aimed at key Canadian industries—and that could be good news for the Canadian economy in the longer-run, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Talks to renegotiate NAFTA, initiated by President Donald Trump, kick-off this week in Washington, D.C.

By Fraser Institute - Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - Full Story

Canada’s aerospace industry is a giant pyramid scheme

(This column originally appeared on the Toronto Sun)

Recently, federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced $10 million in funding for the Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training (CATT) located in Winnipeg. CATT describes itself as “a perfect example of a partnership between industry and research/education.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, CTF Federal Director- Monday, August 14, 2017 - Full Story

Trudeau helps Trump ‘Make American Great Again!’

President Donald Trump has said a lot of complimentary things about Canada’s prime minister. Gushing over Justin Trudeau at the recent G20 meeting, Trump said, “We have a great neighbour in Canada and Justin is doing a spectacular job in Canada. Everybody loves him and they love him for a reason so congratulations on the job you’re doing.” (National Post, July 8, 2017)

Trump’s statement, and other similar utterances surprised a lot of people. Trudeau, like President Obama, is engaged in a fundamental transformation of Canada. One of the differences is Trudeau is proceeding at a pace much faster than Obama did during his eight years in office. Trudeau even specifically said Canada is the world’s “first post-national state” with no core identity and no mainstream. Not only is he destroying the country but he brags about it. The U.S. president is the polar opposite. He won the election by rejecting the globalization trend and making it clear his main concern was for the United States.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, August 14, 2017 - Full Story

Pikangikum Rez: Exemplar of Canada’s Environmentalist Gulag

The fur trade transformed the Canadian aboriginal’s way of life. The trade, mainly in beaver pelts, began in the 1500s, peaked in the 1800s, and then declined until today when it supplements the incomes of a few thousand people. Trapping and trading consumed aboriginal communities. They traded pelts for tools, cookware, firearms and blankets – technologies that re-made their culture.

The fur trade changed where natives lived; and where they could live. It facilitated the adoption of European language and religion. Trade-induced contact with Europeans spawned peoples of mixed ancestory. By 1830 aboriginal culture bore little resemblance to any pre-contact way of life.

By William Kay - Sunday, August 13, 2017 - Full Story