To grasp why Canada’s equalization program is such a public policy disaster, some myths need to be busted about the $14.8-billion annual transfer of federal tax dollars to the provinces through equalization — and the $46-billion in other inter-governmental transfers. So, let’s some consider some inconvenient facts.
Canadian consumers pay sky-high airfares compared to both the U.S. and Europe.
Industry Canada has paid out $18 billion in corporate welfare since 1982—and collected back only $1.9 billion.
British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario—the traditional “have” provinces—have fewer services than recipient “have-not” provinces.
A Snapshot of Property Rights Protection in Canada After 10 years
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...
The Bloc Quebecois took in just $1.4 million in 2008 in private donations—but $7.9 million in public subsidies.
The Frontier’s new review of public subsidies to political parties is out: such subsidies have cost $330 million since 2000 and have mainly helped the sovereigntist movement in Quebec.
Frontier posts College of Physicians and Surgeons investigation of wrongly alleged “cancer epidemic” in oilsands.
In 2006, Dr. John O’Connor, a Nova Scotia physician then working in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, alleged that an epidemic of cancer was occurring in northern Alberta—and because of the oilsands operations there. In light of this, Frontier has decided to post the November 4, 2009 College of Physicians and Surgeons investigation of Dr. O’Connor.
Frontier Centre Research Director Mark Milke interviews former United Kingdom Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith on anti-poverty initiatives from his Centre For Social Justice. The causes of poverty and remedies might surprise those on both sides of the ideological spectrum.
The Alberta government needs to make regular deposits into the Heritage Fund says the Frontier Centre’s Director of Research, Mark Milke. Since Alberta became debt-free, the province has taken in over $47-billion in resource revenues while depositing only $3.9 billion into the Heritage Fund.
Over the past several decades, there have been several key changes to how Canada’s federal political parties are funded. The most recent and significant changes took effect in 2004 with federal legislation (Bill C-24, passed in 2003) which banned corporate and union donations.
The purchaser-provider split is one of the main findings in the Euro-Canada comparison. The top six providers – Austria, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden –have purchaser-provider splits, as do other countries trying to move up in the rankings.
There is a lose-lose scenario being played out among provincial governments in Canada: Governments are reluctant to pay for more doctors, as that would increase billings beyond what the governments, and by extension, the taxpayers are willing to pay. Taxpayers are reluctant to finance additional health-care costs, as they suspect governments are not the most efficient providers.
This report identifies seven areas where the new provincial government, Members of Legislative Assembly, and staff, should review and reform existing government policy measures.