A bright man with a vibrant message bounced through Winnipeg last week, and moved our community a few steps closer to breaking out of our public school malaise.
A famous economist once said: “There is no such thing as a free lunch”. He was right. So beware of elected officials who skirt the sad results of excessive property taxation by offering high profile “freebies”. It’s another reason your house in Winnipeg suffers from the lowest property values in Canada.
People can escape paying their share by moving to lower-tax communities just outside the perimeter: they simply work and consume services in Winnipeg without paying for them. As the city’s population falls, capital and operating costs are spread over fewer people. Taxes must then go up, but this stimulates even more flight to the exurbs. And so on.
The environmental movement scores its biggest coups when it takes positions based on common sense.
With all of the programs sprouting up that deal with recycling, the most obvious solution is to leave the means of recycling to the private sector.
What’s up at Manitoba Hydro? Judging from recent changes in the legislation that governs this Crown jewel, not enough.
The keys to reducing Canada’s persistently high unemployment rate continue to evade our politicians, but 1997 job statistics for the United States point to some answers.
Panic over the intended merger of the Bank of Montreal and the Royal Bank might have made sense a few decades ago. But times have changed.
“Powering the Future” is the first in a series of short policy studies and reports to be undertaken by the Centre as part of a publishing program called “Policy Series”.