The replacement of standardized tests with internal assessments represents a retreat from accountability by the public school system, and helps nobody, including teachers.
*Profits Or People: A Bogus Dilemma
This talk is dedicated to John Campbell. Most Saturday mornings, on Radio New Zealand, John instructs his listeners, in his very amiable style, about the evils of profits. A self-confessed “liberal leftie”, he tells us that people should come before profits.
*Debating California Electricity Deregulation
California’s deregulated power industry, in which producers can sell electricity for whatever the traffic will bear, was supposed to deliver cheaper, cleaner power.
*Delivering the NHS Plan
Tony Blair’s new plan for reforming Britain’s National Health Service includes features of the Stockholm model including payment of facilities by results, the purchaser/provider split where both private and public suppliers compete to provide services as well as more consumer information.
Alberta Politics and Empty Promises of Health-care Solutions
The writ has been dropped and Albertans are off to the polls on May 29. That leaves just four weeks for political leaders and voters to sort out what is arguably the most divisive, yet significant, issue for this election - health care. On Day 2, NDP leader Rachel...
There’s Nothing Fair About Canadian Health Care
For the past 14 years, Vancouver surgeon Dr. Brian Day has led the charge for health-care reform, pushing for the right of patients to pay for private care if their health and well-being are threatened as a result of waiting in a stagnant and overburdened public...
Transformers: More than Meets the Eye
The path to net zero, based on the much disputed belief that carbon dioxide is a pollution, is more steep and impractical than most people realize. Replacing fossil fuels with clean electricity will require much more power generation and a greatly upgraded grid to...
Dr. Illarionov’s 13% solution
Andrei Illarionov, the maverick leading Russia’s newest economic revolution, says the IMF has bungled the country’s free-market reforms long enough
Reforming Financial Management In The Public Sector
Executive Summary In governments across the world, public-sector financial systems are being transformed more fundamentally than at any time in decades. The changes taking place-in governments from Wellington, New Zealand to London, England-respond to a number of...
*The Idea Peddlers
The impact of Canadian think tanks on policy and elections has never been greater. We take a look at five of the most influential creators – and marketers – of the ideas shaping our country.
Andrei Illarionov, Putin’s Economics Advisor
The Kremlin’s top economics mind and President Putin’s chief advisor interviewed by the Frontier Centre.
Canada Should Keep “First Past The Post” Voting System
There are as many electoral engineers in this world as there are social engineers. They want to devise ingenious systems to advance vague concepts such as “inclusiveness”, while failing to define adequately what that means.
Manitoba Per Capita Health Spending Highest in Canada
The Manitoba government spends almost 20% more per capita on health care than the rest of Canada. If per capita spending was at the Canadian average it would spend about $500 million less than it presently does.
Russians Understand Optimal Size Of Government
Russian President Putin’s chief economic advisor is applying a dose of radical medicine to supercharge that country’s economic growth rate and living standards.
Manitoba Has Larger Public Sector Than Most
This backgrounder compares and contrasts provincial public administration expenditure patterns across Canada with a special focus on Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Statistics Canada defines public administration in the following way: “This sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in activities of a governmental nature, that is, the enactment and judicial interpretation of laws and their pursuant regulations, and the administration of programs based on them.”