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Cancelling contracts with wind, solar power providers would cut Ontario electricity bills by 24%

Cancelling contracts with wind, solar power providers would cut Ontario electricity bills by 24%
TORONTO—If the Ontario government cancelled existing contracts with renewable energy generators such as wind and solar power, it could reduce electricity bills for Ontarians by 24 per cent, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - Full Story

Anxiety lingers over impact on impaired driving, organized crime and use among minors

Cannabis Countdown: Anxiety lingers over impact on impaired driving, organized crime and use among minors
With less than a month until the legalization of recreational marijuana, a new study from the Angus Reid Institute finds Canadians are three times as likely to say that measures in the law will fail rather than succeed (57% versus 17%) at preventing minors from accessing cannabis after October 17, and twice as likely to say they lack confidence in the ability of their community police to assess and punish those driving under the influence of marijuana (60% to 32%).

By Angus Reid Institute - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Full Story

Canada trails U.S. in annual economic freedom ranking

Canada trails U.S. in annual economic freedom ranking
TORONTO—Canadians are less economically free than Americans—and the gap is widening, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of the World report released today.

The United States ranks 6th in this year’s index, while Canada is tied for 10th with Australia.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Full Story

Trump Will Tear Up the NAFTA Agreement

Trump Will Tear Up the NAFTA Agreement
Canadian Foreign Minister and chief NAFTA negotiator Chrystia Freeland once again undiplomatically thumbed her nose at U.S. President Trump, the U.S. negotiating team and GOP leaders who had wanted a trilateral NAFTA 2.0 deal with Mexico and Canada in principle by the end of September.

By Mitch Wolfe - Monday, September 24, 2018 - Full Story

With fewer cooks in the kitchen, Toronto city council will be better off

With fewer cooks in the kitchen, Toronto city council will be better off
Never underestimate the effort politicians are willing to expend to safeguard their own prerogatives.

It’s the primary explanation for the disproportionate hysteria expressed by many members of Toronto city council when faced with the prospect of losing their jobs.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, September 24, 2018 - Full Story

Major tax, labour and energy reforms needed to make Ontario competitive and open for business

Major tax, labour and energy reforms needed to make Ontario competitive and open for business
TORONTO—Ontario’s new provincial government has pledged to make Ontario “open for business,” but doing so will require significant reforms on taxes, electricity pricing and labour regulation, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

By Fraser Institute - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Full Story

Manitoba needs to cancel its corporate welfare credit card

Manitoba needs to cancel its corporate welfare credit card
Like an overly enthusiastic shopper with a maxed-out credit card, the Manitoba government is on a corporate welfare spending spree that it simply can’t afford.

Premier Brian Pallister just stopped by a new Canada Goose facility in Winnipeg with a gift of almost $1.5 million in taxpayers’ money.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - Full Story

Ford Strikes a Blow Finally Against Unelected Elitist Lawmaking Liberal Judges

Ford Strikes a Blow Finally Against Unelected Elitist Lawmaking Liberal Judges
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s decision to invoke section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, (Charter) the “notwithstanding clause”, is a declaration of war on out of control, unelected, unaccountable, rogue liberal activist judges who have misused, misapplied and distorted the Charter to make law on the fly, for their own ideological+ partisan personal purposes.

By Mitch Wolfe - Monday, September 17, 2018 - Full Story

Government efforts have failed to Stimulate the Economy

Government efforts have failed to Stimulate the Economy
OTTAWA, ON  With persistent uncertainty plaguing business investment and consumer confidence, economic growth in Canada has been sputtering. Now, to make matters worse, the federal government is facing new economic challenges including faltering infrastructure spending, ongoing NAFTA disputes with the US, and the court ruling which has blocked the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

By Macdonald Laurier Institute - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Full Story

Growth rate of capital investment in Canada hits 40-year low

Growth rate of capital investment in Canada hits 40-year low

VANCOUVER—The growth rate of capital investment in Canada—particularly in the important areas of equipment, machinery and intellectual property—has slowed to a 40-year low, negatively affecting living standards for workers and overall economic growth, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Full Story

CANADA POISED FOR A SLUGGISH END TO 2018: MLI’S LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATOR

Leading Economic Indicator
OTTAWA, ON—The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Leading Economic Indicator (LEI), a tool designed to predict changes in the Canadian business cycle, increased by 0.1 percent in July. This represents a continuation of the slow growth that it has posted over the last four months.

By Macdonald Laurier Institute - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - Full Story

Getting the Trans Mountain expansion back on track

Getting the Trans Mountain expansion back on track
For Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Federal Court of Appeal’s recent decision to overturn approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was a political thunderbolt that instantly derailed progress on one of his government’s most critical files. Luckily for the purveyor of sunny ways, the storm clouds came with a silver lining: a careful reading of the decision also offers some guidance on how his government can get Trans Mountain back on track.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, September 10, 2018 - Full Story

Refresh the national shipbuilding strategy? Yes, please

Refresh the national shipbuilding strategy
In June 2010, the Stephen Harper government announced the long-awaited National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. It was a $38-billion strategy to commission up to 28 vessels from two Canadian shipyards—Seaspan in Vancouver and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Full Story

In debate over first PM’s legacy, vast majority say John A. MacDonald’s name, image should stay

In debate over first PM's legacy, vast majority say John A. MacDonald's name, image should stay
As a long summer of discussion over the legacy of the country’s residential school system and dispute over the subsequent actions of politicians comes to an end, Canadians are weighing in.

By Angus Reid Institute - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - Full Story

The Left Hates Tubes

The Left Hates Tubes
The issue of virtue fronting malevolence could use a full page. However, today’s crisis is a policy failure that goes back to May of 2016 when the National Energy Board recommended that the Trudeau government approve the Trans Mountain expansion. New to office, Trudeau wanted to dither with regulatory requirements.

By Bob Hoye - Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - Full Story

Canada Needs a True Conservative Party

Canada Needs a True Conservative Party
A couple of weeks ago, CPC MP Maxime Bernier held a press conference hours before the party’s 2018 convention was to begin in Halifax. Bernier not only announced he was quitting the party but he was going to start his own.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Full Story

Hey Trudeau- Make the NAFTA deal now!

Hey Trudeau- Make the NAFTA deal now!
Trump is not the bully here. Stop blaming Trump for being Trump and standing up for America’s interests. That is what American presidents do. The problem lies once again with Trudeau’s arrogance and incompetence. The delay in Canada reaching a NAFTA deal with the U.S. and the foreseeable imposition of U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada is all Trudeau’s fault. Trudeau could have avoided this situation months ago

By Mitch Wolfe - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Full Story

Ontario’s labour market among worst in North America

Ontario’s labour market among worst in North America
TORONTO—Ontario’s labour market performance—which includes the province’s job-creation record and unemployment rate—ranks among the worst in North America when compared to other Canadian provinces and U.S. states, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Full Story

80% of government employees have guaranteed pensions compared to just 10% of private sector workers

Labour Day Reality Check
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released an analysis of federal pensions based on data compiled by Statistics Canada, which shows that risky defined-benefit pensions are vanishing in the private sector, but remain overwhelmingly common within government.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - Full Story

Ottawa’s drug-pricing changes threaten Canadians who suffer from rare diseases

Ottawa’s drug-pricing changes threaten Canadians who suffer from rare diseases
TORONTO—The federal government’s plan to increasingly regulate the costs of pharmaceuticals could mean Canadians with cystic fibrosis and other rare diseases may soon lose access to new innovative drug treatments, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - Full Story