Frontier Radio Commentary
Housing Affordability Is Easy (~2min) – August 3, 2012
Prairie cities are continuing to struggle with high housing costs thanks to the strong economy and a high level of immigration, resulting in even greater pressure. Vacancy rates continue at historic lows. It’s a great time to be a landlord, but a nightmare for many others coping with soaring rents. (~2 min.)
Home Buyer's Tax Credits Do More Harm Than Good (~1min) – November 4, 2011
Home buyer tax credits have become popular among politicians seeking to win the hearts and votes of young middle class families. Unfortunately, these incentives only serve to push prices higher, making housing less affordable overall. Find out why on today's Frontier Centre commentary. (~ 2 mins)
Rent Control Misses the Target (~1min) – September 2, 2011
Cities with rent control often have higher rents than cities without rent control. Rent control limits the ability of a landlord to set and increase rent on residential properties. A new Frontier Centre study looks at the economics of rent control and finds some serious problems. Find out more on this week’s Frontier Centre Commentary.
Expropriation Victory Demonstrates Need For Further Reform (~2min) – October 16, 2009
Traditionally, expropriation is only allowed for public utilities, such as roads and bridges, but allowing expropriation for economic development gives governments broad powers that can be easily abused. From the Frontier Centre's weekly radio commentary that runs in 3 prairie provinces.
How Governments Can Make Rent Cheaper (~2min) – June 6, 2008
Mark Milke on policy changes that promote affordable housing in Alberta. On the Frontier Centre's weekly radio policy broadcast.
Shifting Municipal Incentives Towards Affordable Housing (~1min) – March 28, 2008
From the Frontier Centre's weekly radio commentary that runs in 3 prairie provinces.
The Most Affordable Housing in the World? (~1min) – February 1, 2008
David Seymour discusses the Demographia Housing Affordabiity Survey in a Frontier Radio Commentary.
Not Time to Undo NDP Policy Success (~1min) – September 7, 2007
Alberta and Saskatchewan can learn from Manitoba's misadventure with rent control. It's a recipe for higher rents and lower quality supply.
BEEF Noodles and Economics (~1min) – July 20, 2007
A Chinese tale of consumer sophistication - price controls means crap quality, same thing with rent controls . .
Affordable Housing (~1min) – January 29, 2007