Category: Opinion

  • Surprise! There was no tax cut for middle-class Canadians

    Surprise! There was no tax cut for middle-class Canadians

    When you add up the eliminated credits, you get a very different perspective on the total income tax changes By Charles Lammam, Jason Clemens and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute With tax season just behind us, many Canadians are realizing the full weight of the income taxes they paid in 2017. And some may wonder […]

  • Are We Really all on Treaty Land?

    Are We Really all on Treaty Land?

    The phrase ‘you are now on treaty land’ is part of a slick marketing campaign with clear financial goals By Brian Giesbrecht Senior Fellow Frontier Centre for Public Policy I recently attended an event that began with an announcement that “you are now on treaty land.” By now, we’re all familiar with this new way […]

  • Opinion: Is Software to Replace Pilots?

    Opinion: Is Software to Replace Pilots?

    by Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State University Would you get on a plane that didn’t have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would not, even if the ticket was cheaper. Modern pilots do such a good job that almost any air accident is big news, such as the Southwest engine disintegration on […]

  • In Florida, They’re Snowbirds, in B.C., They’re Speculators

    In Florida, They’re Snowbirds, in B.C., They’re Speculators

    Penalizing foreign homebuyers fails to address the fundamental problem: a lack of available houses By Josef Filipowicz and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute Florida is a popular destination for retirees and vacationers. Not surprisingly, many people from colder northern states and Canada either rent or own property in Florida to escape harsh winters. In fact, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Liberal Peacekeeping Plan

    Letter to the Editor: Liberal Peacekeeping Plan

    Dear Editor, This week, the Liberal government announced a 12 month United Nations mission which will include a detachment of helicopters and Canadian troops sent to the west African nation of Mali. Justin Trudeau is failing to tell Canadians the truth about the situation he is sending our troops into. Canadians deserve to know about the risks […]

  • Pipelines are Crucial to National Prosperity

    Pipelines are Crucial to National Prosperity

    The battle between Alberta and B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has broad implications for all Canadians By Steve Lafleur and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The governments of Alberta and British Columbia are waging an intense trade dispute over the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would run between Edmonton and Burnaby. But […]

  • Time to Get Serious About Water Quality in First Nation Communities

    Time to Get Serious About Water Quality in First Nation Communities

    Solving this seemingly intractable problem should be quite simple, but simply increasing funding will only make the problems worse By Joseph Quesnel Research associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy Pondering the crisis so many First Nations communities face over water quality, you can’t help but think of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel […]

  • Trade Wars, Food Fights and a Budget that Ignores it All

    Trade Wars, Food Fights and a Budget that Ignores it All

    Duties may look like attractive, simple mechanisms to protect domestic interests. But they’re a very expensive way to retain jobs By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies The ugly face of protectionism is slowly making its way across the globe. With trade wars looming on several fronts, including in the agri-food sector, […]

  • Opinion: Nuances of School Superintendents’ Leadership Go Beyond Salaries

    Opinion: Nuances of School Superintendents’ Leadership Go Beyond Salaries

    By Christopher MacPhee   Alberta is home to one of the top-performing education systems in the world and that is something we should all be proud of. It is unfortunate that observers of our education system often fail to recognize the pivotal role played by our educational system leaders, including superintendents, who have dedicated their […]

  • Are Women’s Marches a Step Back?

    Are Women’s Marches a Step Back?

    Focusing on what’s right with gender dynamics rather than what’s wrong might produce better outcomes for women and girls By Joni Avram Columnist Troy Media Women’s marches were held around the world recently, with more than one million people taking to the streets to highlight the gap in gender equality. Their stated purpose is to […]

  • Anniversary of the Broken Promise – Proportional Representation Not Going Away!

    Anniversary of the Broken Promise – Proportional Representation Not Going Away!

    Thursday, February 1 will mark the one year anniversary of  the day Justin Trudeau abandoned his commitment to make 2015 the last election under First-past-the-post and broke his promise to “Make Every Vote Count.” We want to mark this one-year anniversary of the broken promise by reminding the government that Canadians have not forgotten this […]

  • Tim Hortons: the Killing of Another Canadian Icon

    Tim Hortons: the Killing of Another Canadian Icon

    Parent company RBI’s international expansion plans may well be behind the heartless Tim Hortons policies in Canada By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies Destroying Canadian business icons seems to be a trend. In 2017, it was Sears. While employees were losing their pensions because of poor management, lawyers and consultants were […]

  • The Kids Will Smoke Pot Anyway

    The Kids Will Smoke Pot Anyway

    That’s hardly a good reason to legalize marijuana but the federal government is pushing ahead anyway By Maxwell DeGroat Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy Health Canada’s consultation with Canadians on the regulation of marijuana is down to its final days. But what exactly does the government wants us to comment on? Do officials […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Alberta Economics Under the NDP

    Letter to the Editor: Alberta Economics Under the NDP

    Dear Editor: Like many Albertans, I am keenly aware of what this province has given to me and to my family. We love Alberta and want the opportunities that we experienced to be available when our grandkids have grandkids. Throughout most of Alberta’s history, the level of government and taxation in peoples’ lives has been […]

  • Letter to the Editor: I Made a Mistake: Alberta’s Carbon Tax on Natural Gas is Not 75%; It’s 81%

    Letter to the Editor: I Made a Mistake: Alberta’s Carbon Tax on Natural Gas is Not 75%; It’s 81%

    Dear Editor:  Recently there has been considerable discussion regarding Alberta’s carbon tax on natural gas, especially concerning the rate of the tax, which was boosted this month. I recently wrote a letter to the editor indicating that the increased cost would be equal to a 75% sales tax on home heating.  Turns out I was […]