Frontier Radio Commentary
Time to Reform Canada’s System of Federal Transfers (~2min) – May 25, 2012
The Frontier Centre is part of an informal coalition of six think tanks from across Canada who have joined forces to put reform of equalization higher up on the national agenda. The current agreement under which richer provinces contribute to the so-called ‘have-nots’ will expire in 2014. In announcing the coalition, Michel Kelly-Gagnon of the Montreal Economic Institute said equalization discourages have-not provinces from developing some of their natural resources, because they are penalized under the current formula. (~2 min.)
Equalization and EI are Hurting the West (~2min) – February 17, 2012
Equalization has always been controversial in western Canada. With the economic boom in Saskatchewan and the strength of Alberta's economy, the dynamics of the program have changed. Premier Brad Wall feels that equalization and employment insurance are working against the movement of workers to both provinces, where many skills are in short supply. (2 min)
A Budget Triumph From Canada’s Past (~2min) – August 26, 2011
Taming deficits is not easy. However, we have done it before. In 1993, Canada faced a deficit problem at least as serious as the one we confront today. But by fiscal year 1997, the federal government balanced the budget and then ran a surplus every year until 2008.
Canada’s Equalization Program isn’t Working Properly (MB) (~2min) – August 19, 2011
Federal transfer payments have trapped Manitoba in a cycle of dependency and under-performance. Over the past decade, Manitoba’s provincial government has received approximately $20 billion from Canada’s equalization program. Sadly, this massive infusion of cash into the coffers of Manitoba’s government have actually done more harm than good for the overall health of the provincial economy. Find out more on this week’s Frontier Centre Commentary.
Equalization Traps Economies in Dependency Cycle (MB) (~2min) – August 12, 2011
Most Canadians support the goal of the federal equalization program, which is to provide grants to poorer provinces in order to “ensure all Canadians receive reasonably comparable levels of public services at reasonably comparable levels of taxation.” But federal transfer payments have trapped Manitoba in a cycle of dependency and under-performance. Find out why on this week’s Frontier Centre Commentary.
Time to Reform Canada’s Broken System of Regional Subsidies (~1min) – March 7, 2011
The Interprovincial transfer system hurts the payers, hurts the recipients and reduces the prosperity of our country. The system is, quite simply, broken. From the Frontier Centre's weekly radio commentary that runs in 3 prairie provinces.
Time to Trim Public Sector Fat (~2min) – November 19, 2010
To end the cycle of transfer dependency and economic underperformance, the have-not provinces must work to trim down their large public sectors. From the Frontier Centre's weekly radio commentary that runs in 3 prairie provinces.
Equalization Hurts the Provinces it is Meant to Help (~2min) – November 15, 2010
Equalization doesn’t help its recipients – it hurts them by inhibiting private sector development and growth. From the Frontier Centre's weekly radio commentary that runs in 3 prairie provinces.
Canada's Broken Equalization Program (~2min) – March 6, 2010
Equalization is not working as it was intended to, and the program should be fundamentally reformed. From the Frontier Centre's weekly radio commentary that runs in 3 prairie provinces.
Equalization, Unequal Incentives (~2min) – February 5, 2010
Current equalization policy is undesirable because of the perverse incentives which subsidise bad policies in recipient provinces. From the Frontier Centre's weekly radio commentary that runs in 3 prairie provinces.
Innovation in Atlantic Canada (~2min) – August 22, 2008
From the Frontier Centre's weekly radio commentary that runs in 3 prairie provinces.
Killing the Golden Goose (MacKinnon Empire Club Speech) (~24min) – February 9, 2008
Frontier Senior Fellow David MacKinnon's address to the Empire Club in Toronto on February 5th, 2008 with introduction by Empire Club President Catherine Swift. This was broadcast live on TV Ontario and will run on CPAC and other channels.
Martians and the Premiers (~1min) – August 17, 2007
Rolf Penner's out of this world take on the Premier's recent confab in New Brunswick
Helping Poor Provinces (~1min) – April 21, 2007
Equalization à bas (~1min) – August 11, 2006
Let's Fix Equalization (~1min) – June 2, 2006
Swap GST for Transfers (~1min) – February 24, 2006
Brian Lee Crowley on the Effects of Equalization (~12min) – June 15, 2001
Brian Lee Crowley on Charles Adler discussing the effects of Equalization on the country. (~12 min.)