The biggest political story of the year in the Great White North

When Ontario Premier Doug Ford slashed the size of Toronto city council, he involved the judiciary and flirted with a controversial federal law

The biggest political story of the year in the Great White NorthWhat was Canada’s biggest political story of 2018? In my opinion, when all four levels of government were briefly involved in one small area of public policy debate. It started when Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government announced on July 27 that it would decrease the number of city council seats in Toronto from…

Ford’s Ontario has nothing to learn from Australia’s climate plan

The smarter alternative would be to just bite the bullet and abandon the pretence of abiding by the flawed Paris agreement

Ford’s Ontario has nothing to learn from Australia’s climate planThe yellow vests demonstrations across the Atlantic against climate change-driven fuel taxes offer Ontario Premier Doug Ford yet another reason to congratulate himself on repealing Ontario’s carbon tax. Less reassuring, however, is the speculation that he intends to introduce a measure similar to the Australian Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). A sop to the leftists within the…

Canadian energy production increased in 2017

Ontario, Alberta and Quebec continued to account for the majority of energy consumed in Canada

Canadian energy production increased in 2017Primary energy production in Canada increased five per cent in 2017 to 20,741 petajoules, following a 3.1 per cent increase in 2016, according to Statistics Canada. In a report released on Thursday, the federal agency said crude oil accounted for the largest proportion of primary energy production in Canada in 2017 at 46.4 per cent,…

Swob turns the student job hunting dynamic on its head

Co-founder Stephanie Florio talks about plans to expand the concept, which runs through an app

Swob turns the student job hunting dynamic on its headStephanie Florio is co-founder of Swob. It operates in the Toronto area but has plans to expand the concept to other areas. What is Swob and how did it come about? Florio: Swob is designed to make job searching for students easy and recruitment even easier. Using their smartphone, students looking for a job can…

How Oshawa’s displaced workers can land on their feet

Auto workers in Oshawa have learned the hard way that there’s no security, or future, in yesterday’s jobs

How Oshawa’s displaced workers can land on their feetThe closure of a General Motors car plant in Oshawa, Ont., will mean the loss of 2,500 jobs. This serious loss has generated much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. Of course, we in the West wonder why the tens of thousands of jobs that have been and are continuing to be lost in the…

Time to rethink the federal transfers system

Atlantic Canada enjoys a level of public spending that far outreaches that of the provinces that contribute most to equalization payments

Time to rethink the federal transfers systemIt is time for a fundamental course change by Atlantic Canadians with respect to equalization and other regional subsidies. I recently made a presentation to independent senators in Ottawa on this subject in which I said that Canada’s regional subsidies were ineffective. We've had a half-century of remarkably large subsidies to Quebec and Atlantic Canada,…

Two crises, one ineffectual government

The failure to approve a pipeline has turned an economic problem into an existential crisis for the country

Two crises, one ineffectual governmentOne crisis in the West. One crisis in the East. Can Prime Minister Justin Trudeau feel the eyes on his back? Alberta and other portions of the West are absolutely reeling from the devastating impact of criminally low oil prices. Oil and gas companies and their suppliers are losing money. Our resources are being stolen.…

Two fiscal statements, a common debt problem

The federal and Ontario governments need to present deficit-reduction plans with a credible target dates now

Two fiscal statements, a common debt problemThe Ontario and federal governments will release their fall fiscal and economic statements this month. Despite a tendency to compartmentalize these separate events, in reality, there’s only one taxpayer. And when the fiscal debt situations of the provincial and federal government are combined, Ontario taxpayers are right to worry. According to the most recent data,…

Canadian Conservatives ensnared by the #MeToo movement

We’re supposed to be standard-bearers for traditional family values in western society. What happened?

Canadian Conservatives ensnared by the #MeToo movementWhen the #MeToo movement began to pick up steam last October, most of the men accused of sexual harassment and/or sexual assault were on the political left. As time goes by, more men on the political right are getting caught in this web, too. In particular, Canada’s right has faced a few recent instances of…

Canada’s climate policy mess is hardly cost-effective

The federal government is simply layering a carbon tax on top of a pre-existing and very inefficient mix of regulations

Canada’s climate policy mess is hardly cost-effectiveIn the latest example of carbon-pricing confusion, the C.D. Howe Institute recently published a report that describes the federal carbon-pricing plan as “cost-effective” – while noting evidence that the overall policy mix is anything but. Since we don’t get to pick which policies bite, it’s important to see the carbon tax not in isolation but…
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