Manitoba Government Spending Rising Rapidly – May 13, 2013
With provincial government expenditures rising far in excess of inflation since 1999, Manitoba does not have a case for raising any of its taxes, which are among the highest in Canada. The province clearly has a spending problem, not a lack of revenue problem, and simply needs to manage spending in more innovative and smarter ways.
Spoilt West Invites Its Own Decline – June 13, 2012
It is easy and natural to think of the woes of the West's main powers as an economic problem. Because that's the way it is presented to us. And it is economic - at least, superficially. But if you take a step back, what we're really living through is the decline of the West.
Media Release - National Coalition on Federal Transfers Launched – May 9, 2012
An informal coalition of six not-for-profit and think tank organizations have agreed the issue of federal transfers to the provinces needs to be placed firmly on the national agenda.
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.
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
European-style bailouts in Canada? – December 29, 2010
Frontier Centre in the media from the Calgary Herald.
Robert Byrd's Highways to Nowhere – August 6, 2010
"When Byrd became senator in 1959, West Virginia ranked No. 39 in median family income, and No. 42 in per capita income. Today, it's No. 48 in both categories."
Transforming Manitoba – January 16, 2010
Manitoba’s old style public sector model has placed the province firmly outside of western Canada's mainstream.
Exiting the Transfer Payment Game – September 23, 2009
One idea that has received a great deal of currency in recent years is that of transferring to the provinces the sales tax field and allowing them to collect the GST and set the rate within their borders in exchange for an end to Ottawa’s transfers in many areas of social policy.
Canada Needs to Rethink Equalization: MacKinnon – January 29, 2009
Canada’s 52-year-old equalization system is producing chronically dependent 'have-not' provinces and financially crippled 'have' provinces and should be scrapped, says a former policy adviser to the Nova Scotia and Ontario governments.
A Bunch of Have Beens – December 22, 2008
Lorrie Goldstein and Paul Rutherford try to answer the question, what's equal about equalization?
Sir Roger Douglas Hard Right? No, They're Hard Left – March 26, 2008
One expects NZ Prime Minister Clark or Finance Minister Cullen to describe conventional economic thinking as irrelevant "hard right" ideology. ACT’s policy has always been designed to ensure that disadvantaged people have the same opportunity, security and dignity as more affluent people do.
Equalization Hurts Ontario, Expert Warns – February 13, 2008
Ontario taxpayers still funnel billions of dollars to supposedly needy provinces like Quebec, Manitoba and those in Atlantic Canada.
Equalization Pays for Manitoba's Cheap Hydro – November 22, 2007
Huge equalization transfers allows Manitoba to travel a path of un-green energy policy.
David MacKinnon, Retired Ontario Public Servant and Critic of Regional Subsidies – November 21, 2007
As Ontario snoozes it loses. An Ontario based critic of regional subsidies makes the case for change.
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.
Transfer Real Taxing Power to the Provinces – July 11, 2006
Ontario and the other provinces should put their own tax on the GST base, while the federal government cuts federal transfers and its GST rate to compensate.
Falling Further Behind – June 23, 2006
The Doer government should spend more time on serious economic issues like this and less time on bogus marketing exercises like the "Spirited Energy" campaign if it truly wants to make Manitoba a better place to live.
A Conversation with the Hon. Frank McKenna – April 25, 2002
New Brunswick is usually thought of as successful in economic terms since a more vibrant private sector emerged during your oversight of that province.