Frontier Radio Commentary
Increasing the Minimum Wage May Hurt Those Who Need it Most (~2min) – March 8, 2013
President Obama’s pledge to increase the minimum wage in the U.S. has rekindled a vigorous debate over how to improve living standards for unskilled and low skilled workers. Most economists believe that minimum wage increases cause entry level jobs to be eliminated. (~2 min.)
Time To Privatize Canada’s Airports (~2min) – September 21, 2012
To lower the cost of air travel and stop the costly loss of passengers to the United States, Canada should privatize its airports. Major Canadian airports are run by not-for-profit corporations known as local airport authorities. In addition to all major operating expenses, they must pay high rents to the federal government. To balance their books and finance improvements, the airports charge high landing fees, leading to higher prices for both passengers and cargo.
Admitted but Excluded (~2min) – September 7, 2012
More of Canada’s immigrants should be allowed to work in the professions for which they are trained. A critical element in the future prosperity of the prairie region, and the country as a whole, will be our ability to attract skilled immigrants. (~2 min.)
Government Strangling Airline Industry (~2min) – June 22, 2012
More and more Canadians are driving south before flying south, and the reason is obvious. A recent report by a Senate committee in Ottawa said Canadian airports are losing 4.8 million passengers a year to nearby American facilities. (~2 min.)
Winnipeg Set to Pioneer Managed Competition? (~2min) – March 2, 2012
The city of Winnipeg is poised to deliver some of its services in a new and different way that can benefit both taxpayers and the city employees involved. Canadian cities are not known for innovative policies. Traditionally, they have chosen to raise property taxes to pay for expensive old style service delivery models. (~2 min)
Paycheque Protection Laws Needed (~1min) – November 14, 2011
Unions should not be allowed to use compulsory dues for political advertising. More on this week’s Frontier Centre commentary.
The Welfare State Has Failed (~2min) – August 5, 2011
During the global financial crisis we were told that capitalism had failed. Today it seems much more like the welfare state that is failing, with countries from Greece to the United States struggling to meet unsustainable government costs. (~2 mins)
Elections Change Union Landscape (Manitoba) (~2min) – July 22, 2011
Upcoming provincial elections may bring about a changed union landscape. Public sector unions spend on policies that benefit themselves, such as calls for higher taxes used to fund unionized public services and oppose privatization and contracting out which reduces union membership. But, the political landscape is changing and this kind of advertising may soon disappear. Find out why on this week’s Frontier Centre Commentary.
“Green Jobs” Plans Are Based on An Economic Fallacy (~2min) – May 6, 2011
Politicians and activists often suggest that governments can strengthen the economy by spending money to create “green jobs.” The idea behind green job creation is that if governments provide subsidies to producers of renewable energy, this will improve the profitability of firms in those industries, causing them to expand and hire more employees. Evidence from Europe shows that government green jobs schemes often backfire. Hear more on this week’s Frontier Centre commentary.
Teachers Unions Acting Unprofessionally (~2min) – April 22, 2011
Lone Eagles (~3min) – December 26, 2003
Using Immigration to Get More People – April 11, 2003