We can’t afford to turn a blind eye to corruption

The SNC-Lavalin affair shows us how pernicious behaviour can seep into the deep spaces of our institutions

We can’t afford to turn a blind eye to corruptionA key thing that makes the SNC-Lavalin quarrel such a showcase for corruption is its utter confusion about who did what to whom. Since the uproar erupted two weeks ago as a major Globe and Mail scoop, it has become a comedy of compounding curiosities. On Monday, it cost the prime minister’s principal secretary his…

Why the mortgage stress test makes perfect sense

What’s wrong with protecting people from financial default? What's wrong with cooling housing prices?

Why the mortgage stress test makes perfect senseThis is a true story from just before the recession earlier this century. It helps illustrate why Canada's mortgage stress test makes so much sense. A newly-married and very well-heeled couple wanted two homes – one in California and one in British Columbia. Getting financing for the California home was no problem. All the funding…

No ifs, ands or Butts at the Trudeau PMO

When someone this powerful steps down, it means the political dam is about to burst

No ifs, ands or Butts at the Trudeau PMOLike most Canadians, I was having a pleasant and relaxing Family Day. I spent time with my wife, took my son sledding and enjoyed a few rays of sunshine. Then all hell broke loose at the prime minister’s office in the most unexpected of ways: Gerald Butts announced his resignation. Butts was the principal secretary…

“Inevitable” recession will seriously derail federal finances

The government must apply the brakes on spending in the spring budget and focus on deficit reduction

“Inevitable” recession will seriously derail federal financesBy Jake Fuss, Milagros Palacios and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Fiscal prudence – the ability of the government to balance its budget and manage the finances of the country responsibly – is an increasing concern for Canadians. According to a recent Nanos poll, a majority of Canadians favour balancing the federal budget more than…

Why Canadians are suffering a bankruptcy spike

Interest rate hikes, housing costs, rising taxes and stagnating wages are all crucial. We need to address these problems

Why Canadians are suffering a bankruptcy spikeWhat can't happen won't happen. If incomes are stagnant while taxes, prices and interest rates rise, people will fail to pay their debts – as is the case for 120,000 Canadians every year. The long-term buildup of urban house prices had already made people financially vulnerable and consumer insolvencies in Canada increased by 9.2 per…

Using big data analytics for social good and broader perspectives

Gender Gap Tracker makes big data public to motivate media to achieve gender parity among experts

Using big data analytics for social good and broader perspectivesAn Iranian big data engineer, a Spanish computational linguist and a Canadian social activist walk into a research lab. They don’t miss the drinks they could order if they’d gone to the bar, because they’re on a mission to change the world. We hear a lot about how artificial intelligence is taking away jobs and…

Why economists can’t endorse minimum wage hikes

Economists believe that raising the price of low-skilled labour just eliminates many of those jobs

Why economists can’t endorse minimum wage hikesRaising the minimum wage is a popular policy among voters. But economists dispute the value of such a raise. Why the discrepancy? Recent polls from Ontario found strong support for the province’s minimum wage hike. And in the United States, a Pew Research poll in 2016 showed that by a margin of 52 per cent…

Undoing the damage to the Canadian economy

It will require a major shift in policy at both the federal level and in many provinces

Undoing the damage to the Canadian economyBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Anecdotes of Canadian firms leaving or diverting investments outside the country have continued unabated from 2018. The federal and many provincial governments seem reluctant to acknowledge this serious flight of capital. Reversing this trend, which is a major impediment to Canadian prosperity and well-being, will require…

Food-related issues are widening Canada’s rural-urban gap

For years, farmers have tried to tell their stories through social media and elsewhere – and too often failed

Food-related issues are widening Canada’s rural-urban gapFor years, farmers have tried to convey their message and explain the agriculture and rural lifestyle to the broader Canadian populace. They’ve taken to social media with touching stories and countless messages, telling Canadians what things are like on the farm. Some have called this “agvocacy.” But the new Canada’s Food Guide and recent policy…

When a politician says nothing, it speaks volumes

Jody Wilson-Raybould won't talk about her role in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. And others are being very guarded

When a politician says nothing, it speaks volumesDid you hear the news? A Canadian politician has decided to say nothing on a particular issue. That’s right – absolutely nothing! Whoa! Take it easy, ladies and gentlemen. Put the party hats and streamers back in the box, keep the champagne on ice and tell the marching band to take five – and then…
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