What’s the solution to a slow-moving mail system in Canada? German efficiency, as demonstrated by that country’s successful 10-year experiment in liberalizing its postal sector.
The Frontier Centre compares Germany’s post office, Deutsche Poste and Canada Post in its latest Policy Series Study (13 pages).
As Canada prepares to enter into negotiations for a climate change pact, it is critical to examine the factors which made Kyoto a failure in this country. The new climate change treaty should only be signed if emission targets are flexible, and responsive to changing demographic and economic conditions.
As a percentage of available renewable resources, Canada withdraws less of its water each year than the overwhelming majority of countries in the world, including European nations such as Germany and France. Canada’s per capita water consumption is high, but is sustainable in light of our large natural supply of freshwater.
Many people believe that the condition of the natural environment is deteriorating but in a wide variety of areas including air quality, water quality, soil quality, forest conservation and ecosystem preservation, Canada has made significant and sustained progress in recent decades. Canadians should be proud of this record of progress, and should celebrate the fact that our children are likely to live their adult lives within a natural environment that is cleaner and healthier than what exists today.
The government’s proposed “carbon market” will act like a tax on businesses and households. By placing a “price” on carbon emissions, a carbon market would drive up prices for a wide variety of products and would strain household budgets while having a negative impact on economic growth. Since the costs of the policy would be great, and the emission reductions achieved would be too slight to have any detectable impact on the global warming phenomenon, this costs of this policy exceed the benefits.
Policy Analyst Ben Eisen discusses European alternatives to Canada’s inefficient and bureaucratic health care system.
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