Good Intentions, Green Policies, and the Poor

Commentary, Environment, Rebecca Walberg

Escalating fuel costs harm the poor disproportionately, acting as a de facto regressive tax. Thus, American families at the median income level pay 5% of each household dollar for energy costs, and families with lower incomes spend 20% of household funds on energy, while households under the poverty line see fully half of their budget spent on gas, heating, and other fuel costs.

The Castonguay Report Shows the Way Forward for Healthcare in Quebec

Commentary, Healthcare & Welfare, Rebecca Walberg

This report defines some concrete steps the Quebec government can take to rise to the challenge. All Canadians interested in the future of our healthcare system should watch carefully to see what components are implemented, and how they fare. The Castonguay report liberates the debate from the orthodoxy of the Canada Health Act and suggests evidence-based changes that have been proven elsewhere. If health ministers elsewhere pay attention, Claude Castonguay may be remembered not only as a father of but also as one of its rescuers.