Nostalgic Governments Face Cold Realities

Commentary, Municipal Government, Michael Bassett

Two years ago centre-left parties the world over were celebrating what looked like an electoral swing in their direction. Tony Blair’s convincing win in Britain in May 1997 was followed by Lionel Jospin’s in France, Gerhard Schroeder’s in Germany, the re-election of Jean Chretien in Canada, and a swing to the Democrats in the mid-term elections in the United States.

Universal Medical Savings Accounts

Publication, Healthcare & Welfare, Frontier Centre

A new Medicare model has the potential to retain universality, restore service levels, control costs and introduce transparency and accountability to the system. That model, Universal Medical Savings Accounts (UMSAs), allocates existing public funding directly to individual citizen-consumers of health-care services.

High Performance Government in New Zealand

Speech, Public Sector, Frontier Centre

I’m delighted to be here today to share with you some of New Zealand’s experience with public sector reform. These reforms are an important part of our recent history. They are something that I am proud to say that I have been a part of – both the reforms and my parliamentary career began with the 1984 election.

The Freedom to Innovate

Speech, Education, William Bumstead

Although it is the Manitoba blue print for educational reform, is the result of the larger educational reform movement which is occurring throughout North America. This reform movement is being driven by forces which are outside the educational system.