The Crocus Story - An Insider's Perspective (Dalgliesh) – May 6, 2013
PowerPoint slides which accompanied Jack Dalgliesh's speech The Crocus Story – An Insider’s Perspective that he gave in Winnipeg on April 30, 2013.
Manitoba’s Bad News Budget Ignores Grim Fiscal Realities – April 17, 2013
Manitoba is in a worrisome fiscal position. Unfortunately, the latest budget does nothing to fix the provinces long term challenges.
Losing Sight Of The Issues – December 21, 2012
Councillors have also spent time debating and voting on matters they have no power to actually address, whether it be banning shark-fin soup, opposing the Iraq War, or ending the NHL lockout -- just this week, a Vancouver city councillor put forward a motion to write a letter to the NHL and the players' association urging them to end the standoff (it passed).
The Case Against Nova Brunsward – December 7, 2012
Using the combined purchasing power of the three Maritime governments would indeed be a good idea, because it would save taxpayers money. But it would do nothing to solve the problem of the three provinces being "terribly over-governed," which has been used as an argument to advance the union by Senator Mike Duffy and the National Post editorial board.
Media Release - Empower Local Voters to Increase Government Accountability and Efficiency – November 15, 2012
This study proses a way to develop greater spending transparency by way of enhancing fiscal autonomy for the provinces and municipalities
Strengthening Fiscal Responsibility Through Decentralization – November 15, 2012
The constitution allocates responsibility over most policy areas exclusively to the provinces or the federal government. But the federal government routinely oversteps its bounds. To create more accountable, more efficient government, the federal government should step back and allow the provinces and municipalities to fund and deliver the services that they are responsible for.
Why Canadian Cities Should Look to Phoenix – November 7, 2012
Residents of Canadian cities constantly hear rumours of shady dealings between municipal politicians and developers. The only way to prevent against this is to remove politicians from day to day operations – just like the City of Phoenix, Arizona, has done.
Government Doesn’t Give Us Our Culture – October 5, 2012
The Alberta Government exaggerates its part in the development of the great culture that the province of Alberta has. Alberta’s culture is the product of its people, and not the creature of government.
Financial Reality is Needed in Maritime Canada – April 3, 2012
I’d like to start my presentation with a warning. The warning is that I’m going to speak very frankly about difficult issues. I will be taking fundamental issue with the approach the federal government, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Manitoba have been taking in relation to the many subsidies the Government of Canada provides to regions.
What 18th-century Scotland and Saskatchewan Have In Common – October 21, 2011
A new book by David Seymour on Saskatchewan is reviewed where he argues the province could see a ‘golden age’ if it allowed decision making to be returned to the individual.
Ontario and Manitoba Elections Fail to Offer Long Term Solutions for Cities – October 4, 2011
Big cities in Ontario and Manitoba require long term solutions to their massive infrastructure deficits, but the solution isn't simply to throw money at the problem. Instead, cities need to granted the ability to generate revenue however they choose, rather than relying on the inefficient property tax, and transfers from upper levels of government. This would ensure that cities have the tools to provide infrastructure without being subject to the political whims of provincial and federal governments.
Manitoba Parties are Ignoring the Real Issues – October 3, 2011
The Manitoba election thus far has been dominated by accusations from the NDP that the Pcs will slash government services, and the attempt of the PCs to distance themselves from that reputation. This dynamic has prevented either party from promoting the kind of long term vision that will be required to steer the province through tough global economic times.
Revitalizing Manitoba (Updated) – September 25, 2011
Special Frontier publication authored by Law Professor Bryan Schwartz discussing a variety of topics affecting Manitoba competitiveness, well-being and prosperity that present a practical roadmap towards a less politicized and more successful province.
Manitoba Parties Ignore Europe Debt Crisis – September 23, 2011
Manitoba politicians are ignoring the European debt crisis and the U.S. credit downgrading the present Manitoba election, which is that high deficits, padded public sectors and early retirement ages are unsustainable in the long term.
Well Worth the Money – September 6, 2011
Two weeks ago the House of Representatives announced that it would end its nearly 200-year-old page program. What with new technology and all, there just isn’t much need any longer to employ teenagers to take phone messages and carry documents from one member of Congress to another. The program costs $5 million a year, which isn’t much in a $3.8 trillion federal budget, but taxpayers should appreciate any elimination of an unnecessary program.
David Henderson, Economist – August 22, 2011
David Henderson, the author of Canada’s Budget Triumph, was interviewed August 10, 2011 during a recent visit to Winnipeg.
Birth of a Boom: Saskatchewan's Dawning Golden Age – August 15, 2011
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.
Voters vs. the Welfare State – June 9, 2011
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, by winning an outright majority of seats in his country’s parliament for the first time since assuming office, continues a remarkable series of national election victories, backed by voters demanding at least a pause, and perhaps some reversal, of the growth of the welfare state.
The Sky-High Cost of Taxes – March 21, 2011
One problem with academics is that they sometimes hide even astonishing results under bushel baskets of dispassionate, unassuming prose. Let me say what their modesty wouldn’t allow them to: Prof. Dahlby is one of the world’s leading experts on the economic costs of taxation.