Cuba Without the Sunshine – April 15, 2013
Dawn is breaking in Puerto Argentino, the town its former inhabitants once knew as Port Stanley. At the tiny airport, a gigantic mural commemorates the soldiers from the mainland who lost their lives in the battle for the Malvinas, or the Falklands, as they used to be called.
Government Must Stand up for Farmers and Commit to Ending Supply Management – March 25, 2013
Martha Hall Findlay has brought attention to Canada’s system of supply management; a system in which production quotas are allocated to dairy, poultry, turkey and egg farmers, and prices are set by their respective marketing boards. Farmers themselves are the victims of this status quo – particularly export dependent producers in Western Canada.
170,000 New Homes for Sydney – March 20, 2013
The largest release of housing lots in 20 years will bring home ownership within reach for thousands of young families, the state government says. Up to 171,000 new homes will be built across 31 new and existing suburbs, alongside land for new jobs, shops, schools and transport.
Canada, U.S. Struggling to Reach Agreement to Agree on Product Rules – October 30, 2012
An ambitious plan to harmonize product regulations between Canada and the United States has become all process, few results. But there is hope.
A Coca-Cola Solution to High Gas Prices – August 23, 2012
When you fill your car with gasoline, you probably think you're buying a commodity. Just as a Coke bought in Los Angeles is the same as one bought in Boston, a gallon of gasoline purchased one place is the same as one bought elsewhere—right? Wrong. As one refinery executive noted in 2003, "Gasoline is not gasoline anymore. It is a specialty chemical."
How Big Government and Big Business Squeeze Entrepreneurs – August 20, 2012
Wisconsin's Elmer Kilian wants the chance to earn an honest living. So do Nevada's Lissette Waugh, Florida's Silvio Membreno and countless other entrepreneurs who have the drive and ability to put themselves and others to work.
Walled From the World – May 30, 2012
The communications sector is also protected by regulation and Canadian ownership rules: Management faces little possibility of takeover and competition from foreign companies.
Resource Consumption and Economic Production in Canada and the United States: – March 29, 2012
Ben Eisen and Kenneth Green show that high levels of resource consumption in North America enables economic production and wealth creation that brings benefits to people all over the world.
Media Release - How Economic Activity in North America Benefits People Everywhere – March 29, 2012
Ben Eisen and Kenneth Green show that high levels of economic activity and wealth creation in Canada and the United States benefit the people living in those countries, as well as in other parts of the world.
Meet the Former Bay Streeter Leading Tory Charge Against Oil-Sands Opponents – March 9, 2012
Joe Oliver has assumed the mantle as the Defender of the Oil Sands, a role he is clearly relishing. The fourth natural resources minister to serve under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Mr. Oliver has more than any of his predecessors taken up the cudgels for Alberta oil producers who face a concerted, international campaign to shut down their aggressive expansion plans.
Media Release - Prosperity Ahead Without Canadian Wheat Board Monopoly – July 28, 2011
This study looks ahead and assesses possible consequence scenarios to the eventuality that the Canadian Wheat Board is removed in 2012 as many expect.
Raise a Glass to Cheaper Booze in Saskatchewan – March 15, 2011
Liquor privatization in Alberta has been a clumsy failure that has resulted in higher prices, according to a University of Saskatchewan business prof, who has price data to back up his claim.
Wrong, and Wrong – Canada’s Smoking Bans are Back to Front – January 19, 2011
The banning of smoking in public places while putting the decision to allow or prohibit it on private property back in the hands of the property owner would put the government closer to its ideal role of protecting citizens from harm and respecting private property rights.
To the Scrap Heap – January 10, 2011
Manitoba’s Public Insurance’s arbitrary policy to destroy cheap used cars made before 1995 has dire unintended consequences for unemployed poor looking for jobs, and for the environment that the policy claims to protect.
Feedback - The Road to Ruin – December 30, 2010
Their system is even worse than Canada’s in terms of presenting a poverty trap because housing and transportation is means tested in addition to our packages of health and day care services. When she was in that situation, she earned less than $1 per hour incremental money from working at a minimum wage position than she did doing nothing. Any logical person in that situation searched out opportunities to work occasionally for cash in very vulnerable employer-employee relationships that were open to multiple forms of abusive practices.
Dairy Farmers Still Milking All Of Us – November 3, 2010
"Supply management has remained basically unchanged since its inception more than 40 years ago. It has enriched dairy farmers, blackened Canada’s reputation as a free trading nation, forced Canadians to pay a hidden regressive tax on dairy products at the checkout counter and undermined the efficiency of both dairy farmers and commercial users of dairy products."
The Housing Bubble: The Economists Should Have Known – August 27, 2010
"It is truly astonishing to watch how determined the economics orthodoxy is to defend its inexcusable, economy-wrecking performance in the run up to the financial crisis. Most people who preside over disasters, say from a boating accident or the failure of a venture, spend considerable amounts of time in review of what happened and self-recrimination. Yet policy-making economists have not only seemed constitutionally unable to recognize that their programs resulted in widespread damage, but to add insult to injury, they insist that they really didn’t do anything wrong."
Dairy Trade Winners, Losers, and Winners – April 14, 2010
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s visit to Ottawa serves to contrast Canada’s agricultural policy with the policy of free trade.
Democratization of Capital Markets – April 6, 2010
PowerPoint slides which accompanied the Breakfast on the Frontier speech by S. Mark Francis in Winnipeg March 24, 2010. Watch while listening to related audio below.
A Blight Grows in Brooklyn – January 15, 2010
"The issue is a form of government theft that the Supreme Court encouraged with its worst decision of the last decade — one that probably will be radically revised in this one."