Canadians have fought a spirited campaign against poverty, but we’ve failed to brandish one obvious weapon: shedding a marketing board system that raises the price of food and makes basic nutrition more expensive for the poor.
Economists are a blunt-spoken lot, in their own jargon-ridden way.
Professor James Buchanan, 1986 Nobel Laureate in Economics, says that equalization programmes can be captured and destroyed by politics and bad design. Known as one of the “fathers of equalization” because his early writings were highly influential in the design of equalization programmes such as Canada’s, Buchanan revisited his arguments of 50 years ago in Montreal today.
A luncheon talk at “Equalization: Helping Hand or Welfare Trap?”, a conference co-sponsored by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the Montreal Economic Institute and the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Montreal, 25 October 2001
Frontier interviews 1986 Nobel Prize winner for economics James Buchanan.
Mark Twain said, “Whiskey’s for drinkin’ and water’s for fightin’ over.”
Winnipeg residents suffer the highest residential property taxes in the country.