The new Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre is correct when he says governments discourage work by taxes and clawbacks. The Marginal Effective Tax Rate (METR) measures what government takes from each new dollar earned in taxes and in clawbacks of income-related …
The Failed Economics of Carbon Taxes
A leading Canadian economist says the case for carbon taxes is limited and its proponents deliver more rhetoric than reality. In an interview with this author, Steve Ambler, Economics Professor at the University of Quebec at Montreal gave an excellent …
Economic liberalization cuts poverty
A new video shows that poverty reduction targets in the developing world have already been met. The reduction has come from some of the most populous countries- namely China and India- reducing poverty levels through economic liberalization. The video also states …
Densification Policy Hurts the Poor
The majority of the world’s population now live in cities. People leave poor rural areas hoping for a better life with more economic possibilities in urban areas. The most successful cities are able to handle population growth and naturally expand …
Government regulation threatens homeless meal program
A program in southern Ontario that serves meals to homeless people is being threatened because it is using home cooked meals.
First Anniversary of Changes to Canadian Wheat Board
One year after liberalising the Canadian Wheat Board’s lock on cereal farmers, it is time to turn on supply management and its marketing boards. Today, August 1, marks the first anniversary of the liberation of the wheat and barley (among …
Fewer People Below Poverty Line than ever -Why are We not Talking About it?
It’s been almost a month since Statistics Canada released its latest report on poverty in Canada (“Income of Canadians,” June 27). Since then I’ve been watching to see whether somebody, anybody would write about it. You would think somebody would. It is a well-established principle of social justice that a society should make its first priority improving the lot of the worst off among it, and is to be judged by how well it does in this regard. What is more, the news on this front is remarkable, even extraordinary.
Are we misreading the Arab Spring?
Property rights and a basic commitment to the rule of law would be a part of extending freedom to these countries.
Aboriginal Day means time for new ideas
As Aboriginal Day comes tomorrow, is time to re-think our current policy approaches and think about a new direction.