Transforming Manitoba – January 16, 2010
Manitoba’s old style public sector model has placed the province firmly outside of western Canada's mainstream.
Expert Calls Expropriation Legislation Vague – October 5, 2009
"The problem with the legislation is shown by the difficulty of what we're discussing," he said. "It's so broad a concept it can be used to argue for basically anything and that's what's happening."
Expropriating for Economic Development: A Carte Blanche for Municipal Mismanagement – July 27, 2009
Provincial legislators should eliminate the practice of allowing municipal expropriation for economic development purposes as it allows for sweeping governmental abuse.
Media Release - Municipal Land-Grabbing Powers Should be Curtailed – July 27, 2009
”This example demonstrates the need for clear legislative reform for individual property owners who find themselves in similar situations. A process to allow municipalities to expropriate for dubious economic development purposes also exists in other provinces and in jurisdictions outside Canada. However, there are encouraging signs in that many jurisdictions, particularly in the United States, have taken proactive steps to prevent this abuse of individual property rights; as such, they provide a model for Canadian provinces.”
How to Help 21,000 More Manitobans with Their Housing – December 13, 2008
21,000 more low-income Manitobans could be helped if the provincial government sold the province’s residential real estate portfolio, this according to a new backgrounder and column from Daniel Klymchuk at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.
The Case for Selling Public Housing in Manitoba – December 12, 2008
The Manitoba government should sell its residential real estate holdings to the private sector and then concentrate on providing targeted subsidies to low-income Manitobans, this according to a new backgrounder from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. The report, from Frontier research associate Dan Klymchuk, shows how $25 million could be shaved off annual operating costs now paid by the provincial government, and instead redirected to those Manitobans in need of subsidized shelter. That $25 million could help subsidize 21,000 more people with their housing costs.
Media Release - New Frontier Centre Backgrounder Shows How 21,000 More Manitobans Could Get Affordable Housing – December 12, 2008
21,000 more low-income Manitobans could be helped if the provincial government sold the province’s residential real estate portfolio, this according to a new study from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Manitoba – Canada’s Biggest Provincial Landlord – December 12, 2008
Compared to other western provinces, Manitoba public housing ownership, at 110 per 10,000, is orders of magnitude higher - over twice the levels in Saskatchewan and British Columbia (220%), and over 3 times the Alberta level (305%).
Subject to Approval – November 26, 2008
The choice of early Canadians to remain closely tied to the British Empire had a major impact on the development of property rights in this country. Although we as a society tend to see ourselves as having more in common with the United States than with the United Kingdom, our system of land ownership, more accurately called real property ownership, does not permit the same level of rights and freedoms over the land we hold as the U.S. system affords. In the United States, landowners usually hold title to the mineral resources located beneath their land; in Canada, this is never the case.
Media Release: 50% of Canadians’ Wealth is Not Protected from Expropriation – November 26, 2008
A new study notes that over 50% of the personal wealth held by Canadians is held in real estate – and that it is not protected from expropriation.
Media Release: Short-term Costs for Long-term Finality – November 20, 2008
First Nations and Canadian taxpayers need a new expedited approach that prioritizes specific land claims and moves towards a final filing deadline.
How Immigration Could Save America – November 4, 2008
Suppose that one million new immigrants responded to this opportunity. Unlike most foreign investors, these are people who would be making the ultimate commitment to America, choosing to live there and ultimately becoming citizens. These one million new investors would put $200-billion into the housing market immediately, soaking up excess supply without drawing on the strained balance sheets of financial institutions.
Root Causes Of The Financial Crisis: A Primer – November 1, 2008
All of this leads to the bottom line. It is crucial that smart growth's toxic land rationing policies be dismantled as quickly as possible. Otherwise, there could be further smart growth economic crises ahead, or, perhaps even worse, a further freezing of economic opportunity for future generations.
The Financial Crisis: Bubbles Deflating Worldwide – October 29, 2008
The mortgage meltdown is much more than an American affair. Real estate bubbles have developed in all major English speaking countries - US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Where prices will finally settle, no one knows. Some analysts soothe the market claiming that the bottom is near.
The American Dream: Alive and Well (Some Places) – October 25, 2008
Levittown, and the automobile-oriented urban expansion it foreshadowed, resulted in the greatest democratization of prosperity in history. Wherever mass suburbanization occurred – whether in the United States, its first world cousins Canada and Australia, Western Europe or later even Japan – we have seen the unprecedented rise of a mass property-owning class. Generally, where land regulation has remained reasonable, new houses can be purchased for less than three times median household incomes.
The Smart Growth Bailout? – September 24, 2008
Yet the bottom line remains: Without smart growth's land rationing policies, the severe escalation in home prices would never have reached such absurd levels. But the disaster in the highly regulated markets will be with us for years. The smart growth spike in housing prices turned what might have been a normal cyclical downturn into the most disastrous financial collapse since 1929. Now the taxpayers are being asked to bail out the mess that smart growth advocates, no doubt inadvertently, have created.
Regulations Are at the Root of U.S. Housing Mess – September 23, 2008
As Congress and the Fed administer aid to financial institutions that ignored the history of past cycles, policy makers around the country must change regulations that are targeted at aesthetically displeasing urban sprawl, but create harmful price volatility.
George Gilder - Audio Interview Clips – September 12, 2008
George Gilder, Futurist and Author, was interviewed at the Atlas Experience, a conference run by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation at Niagara on the Lake on July 18th 2008.
An Open Letter to my Friends on the Left – September 12, 2008
To call the housing and credit crisis a failure of the free market or the product of unregulated greed is to overlook the myriad government regulations, policies, and political pronouncements that have both reduced the "freedom" of this market and channeled self-interest in ways that have produced disastrous consequences, both intended and unintended.
Profiling Tenants and Landlords for More Efficient Rental Markets – September 3, 2008
What do eBay and renting a house have in common?