Has the Finance Minister finally seen the light? Or has he succumbed to the spirit of the season.
Adapting to New Realities
“Rural Canada: Moving Forward or Left Behind?” read the title of a recent conference in Regina.
Federal Finance Minister Paul Martin endorses Frontier Centre policy proposal
In a speech yesterday, Federal Finance Minister Hon. Paul Martin said that he was supportive of a major policy initiative.
Something Fishy This Way Comes
A new regime of direct federal control over inland waterways, imposed by fiat from Ottawa, is about to descend on the Prairies.
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...
Federal Fisheries Program Creating Problems for the Prairies
The new Fisheries and Oceans Canada (FOC) fish habitat enforcement program has serious deficiencies that threaten the growth and development of the prairie economy, concludes a policy analysis released today.
The Federalization of Prairie Freshwaters
The federal and provincial governments share jurisdiction for the management of some natural resources and the environment.
Ends Versus The Means
In the latest round of its perennial search for identity, the New Democratic Party faces stark choices.
Pay the people, not governments
What does one of the world’s most prominent economists, a man whose pioneering work in the 1950s made him the father of equalization programs, think about them today?
Rural Communities Benefit from Free Trade
Trade is back in the news with the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) talks and, of course, our very own softwood lumber dispute with the United States.
A Conversation with Les Campbell
An interview with former top NDP strategist Les Campbell, who was former NDP leader Audrey McGlaughlin’s policy advisor…
Red Tape and Rural Life
You probably think that all of us country folk are as free as the proverbial birds, doing whatever we like, since there is no one out here to worry about it. Well, the reality is much different.
Slowdown is Opportunity for Reform
Recession and a military emergency are handing all levels of government a unique challenge. Our most important trading partner, to whose fate we are inexorably tied, is trimming corporate taxes and accelerating tax rebates while throwing in spending for lots of guns and butter to boot.