Aiming for “Average” Could Help Manitoba

Recently I had lunch with a knowledgeable insider colleague who lamented over Manitoba’s lacklustre economic prospects.  Brian Pallister’s new provincial government had been dealt a terrible hand.  The deficit likely exceeds a billion dollars on top of an unneeded and …

Manitoba’s Rapidly Growing Public Sector

Manitoba employs considerably more local and provincial public sector workers per capita than the rest of Canada. In an increasingly lower-income province facing a convergence of high debt, structural budget deficits, and flat or declining equalization payments, policy makers in …

Cities Can Improve Services by Freeing Employees to Compete

How should municipal services be delivered to citizens? The political right argues that outsourcing services is usually most efficient, while the left argues that “privatization” of services such as waste management or wastewater treatment would lead to lower quality services. …