Publications

Tuesday, September 27 2016
Author: Ross McKitrick
Canada has had a troubled history of governments pursuing megaprojects that entail large losses of taxpayer money, leading politicians later to bemoan the fact that the project should never have been undertaken. Would better advance assessment avoid such losses? This paper looks at the question in the context of the history of three energy-related megaprojects in Saskatchewan in the 1980s: the NewGrade Heavy Oil Upgrader, the Bi- Provincial Heavy Oil Upgrader and rural gasification, respectively the Ugly, the Bad and the Good.
Tuesday, September 13 2016
Author: Kerri L. Holland
The primary objective of agricultural diversification is to facilitate economic stability and prosperity for the agricultural industry and the larger economy. Moreover, the topic of diversification is best understood within the broader discussion of agricultural sustainability and its related economic, social, and environmental goals. Efforts to promote diversification in commodity production and the agricultural economy have been sustained on the policy agenda of consecutive Saskatchewan governments.
Tuesday, August 16 2016
Author: Barry F. Cooper
This paper looks at the 1982 Saskatchewan provincial election, which brought Grant Devine to power, as a “critical election” in the sense that it had long-term consequences regarding what would subsequently be acceptable as public policy in that province. It argues that Devine’s two terms and the policies he introduced changed the political culture of Saskatchewan.
Tuesday, July 19 2016
Author: Christopher Alcantara, Jason Roy
Over the last several decades, indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians have become increasingly interested in issues relating to financial transparency and accountability on Canadian reserves. Indigenous and non-indigenous governments have responded with various initiatives such as the Assembly of First Nations and the government of Canada’s Accountability for Results, 1 which was a strategy for increasing and improving financial transparency and accountability in these communities.
Tuesday, July 12 2016
Author: Pierre Desrochers, Hiroko Shimizu
By 2015, students and faculty at more than 1,000 college and university campuses across the world (including nearly 30 in Canada) had pressured academic trustees and administrators to divest their institutions’ endowment holdings in publicly held fossil fuel companies (i.e., to sell or part way with stocks and other funds invested in corporations engaged in the extraction of coal, crude oil, bitumen (oil sands) and natural gas). Invoking computer-generated catastrophic climate change scenarios, they insist that most economically recoverable carbon fuel reserves be left in the ground.
Monday, June 20 2016
Author: Wendell Cox, Ailin He
Canada has a serious middle-income housing affordability crisis. Canada’s house prices have grown nearly three times that of household income since 2000. This contrasts with the stability between growth in house prices and household income during the previous three decades. These house-price increases raised serious concerns at the Bank of Canada and at international financial organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Tuesday, June 7 2016
Author: Patrick Moore
This study looks at the positive environmental effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a topic which has been well established in the scientific literature but which is far too often ignored in the current discussions about climate change policy. All life is carbon based and the primary source of this carbon is the CO2 in the global atmosphere.
Tuesday, January 26 2016
Author: Wendell Cox
Frontier Centre for Public Policy has released the 12th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, which is sponsored in Canada by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. As of the 3rd quarter of 2015, Vancouver’s price-to-income ratio (house price divided by household income) was 10.8, for a severely unaffordable rating. Only Hong Kong and Sydney had more unaffordable housing. The Demographia Survey rates housing affordability in 368 metropolitan markets in 9 nations on a scale from “affordable to severely unaffordable”.
Tuesday, December 15 2015
Author: Steve Lafleur
Public transportation is an important contributor to urban mobility, particularly in Canada’s largest metropolitan areas. Despite the fact that most residents view public transportation as a necessity, there is a tendency to think of it as more of a social welfare program than as a viable option for people who can afford to drive. This is, in part, because of the way that public transit agencies are organized. They are run as money-losing government departments that struggle to meet their bare obligations, let alone attract “choice” riders with better service.
Tuesday, December 8 2015
Author: Hiroko Shimizu, Pierre Desrochers
Better engineered cars along with the adoption of seat belts and other road safety measures and legislation have contributed to a 58% decline in road fatalities in Canada between 1970 and 2009. The fatality rate is now so low that almost twice as many Canadians die from falling accidents than traffic collisions. Between 1994 and 2009, the number of traffic-related serious injuries and total injuries also decreased drastically in spite of increased numbers of registered vehicles and licensed drivers.

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