New Brunswick Needs Financial Reality and Leadership – May 11, 2012
Rather than focus on old, discredited explanations for New Brunswick’s poor economic performance, leaders must acknowledge the role that excessive federal subsidies play in underperformance.
Balancing Act: Gradually Reducing The Size and Cost of Manitoba’s Public Sector – August 30, 2011
Ben Eisen and Jonathan Wensveen examine the cost of Manitoba’s relatively large public sector. By taking into account projected population growth, they argue that Manitoba can significantly reduce the size of its public sector in the medium-term without resorting to drastic cuts, by either freezing or making small, gradual reductions to government employment over the next decade.
Transforming Manitoba – January 16, 2010
Manitoba’s old style public sector model has placed the province firmly outside of western Canada's mainstream.
To Get There From Here – April 22, 2008
Rather than aimlessly drifting on a burgeoning stream of federal handouts as the Doer government has done since arriving in office in 1999, Mr. McFadyen declared that he wants, within 20 years, to see Manitoba become a "have" province free of dependence on the rest of Canada to pay 40 per cent of its bills, and to double the population over that same time frame.
Where Manitoba Stands in 2007 – May 2, 2007
Manitoba's 2007 election campaign could have been a chapter in Alice in Wonderland. While the province's economy continues to slide, politicians are not discussing either the reasons for the slide or solutions to it.
Manitoba's Equalization Shell Game – February 11, 2007
It is by challenging one of Canada’s defining programs, however, one from which Manitoba is a primary beneficiary, that the contrariness of the FCPP is most remarkable.
Go West, Young Man... – September 4, 2006
The tax policies pursued by western Canada over the past few years are quintessentially supply-side. That is, the tax relief is largely focused on improving incentives for work, savings, investment and entrepreneurship.
Fixing Manitoba's Balanced Budget Law PowerPoint Slides – April 5, 2004
Manitoba's Auditor General Jon Singleton's powerpoint presentation to Frontier Centre Breakfast on the Frontier March 11, 2004
A Better Way to Help the Have-Nots – December 27, 2001
Has the Finance Minister finally seen the light? Or has he succumbed to the spirit of the season.