Media Release - The Size and Cost of Manitoba’s Public Sector – August 30, 2011
Ben Eisen and Jonathan Wensveen examine the size and cost of Manitoba’s high rates of government employment. They argue that due to projected population growth, Manitoba can significantly reduce the size of its public sector incrementally over the next decade, without drastic cuts, by either freezing or making small reductions to government employment over the next decade.
State of the Unions – July 26, 2011
A statistical snapshot of Canada's union landscape shows declining membership with an overwhelming and growing bias towards the public sector.
Private-Public Wage Disparities – June 23, 2011
Years ago, I told my sister once people realized how much they were paying public servants such as her, there would be a full scale revolt. Factoring in the short work days, thrice annual long vacations, professional development days, retirement at age 55, and wildly generous pensions, no one of comparable education makes nearly as much on an hourly basis.
There are Plenty of Reasons to Resist Bureaucratic Rule – June 17, 2011
Earlier this year, the Frontier Centre for Public Policy released a report showing that administrators, the bureaucratic innards of big government, have received wage increases of between 55 and 60 per cent over the past decade. Loggers, who actually do something, such as cut down a tree, received an 11 per cent increase. The Canadian average was 30 per cent.
Want to Cut Costs? Start With the Public Sector – June 8, 2011
Canada needs an aggressive debt reduction strategy, and an important component of that strategy should be slowing down the growth of the government wage bill.
David Cameron to end 'State Monopoly' in Provision of Public Services – March 4, 2011
David Cameron is to "completely change" public services, bringing in a "presumption" that private companies, voluntary groups or charities are as able to run schools, hospitals and many other council services as the state.
To Slay the Deficit, Trim the Fat – February 25, 2011
Civil servants are becoming Canada's new working elite. They boast better pay, better pensions, greater benefits and shorter working hours than their private-sector counterparts.
Byzantine Bureaucracy Leads us Down Road of Ruin – February 23, 2011
The academic analysis of public policy often ignores the big issues to study wind power or the impact of 9/11 on cross-border shopping. In contrast, think-tanks sometimes discuss important questions that seldom occur to academics and never to governments.
(Government) Workers of the World Unite! – February 2, 2011
"The past 30 years have been dismal ones for the labour movement. In the American private sector trade-union density (ie, the proportion of workers who belong to unions) has fallen from a third in 1979 to just 7% today. In Britain it has dropped from 44% to 15%. Nor is this just an Anglo-Saxon oddity: less than a fifth of workers in the OECD belong to unions."
Ottawa Overstimulates The Civil Service – October 27, 2010
"So who benefited most from Ottawa’s billions in stimulus spending over the past two years? Construction workers? Undoubtedly. Lots of public works projects have moved forward that otherwise may not have begun for many more years. And autoworkers? Indisputably. Without taxpayer bailouts, tens of thousands of auto and parts workers would have been out of jobs. Yet beyond these two sectors, there is little chance the billions poured down the drain had much impact on other sectors, especially small businesses."
Fake Competition – September 23, 2010
"Imagine if you were the owner of the only fully equipped garage outlet in a small town and some government regulatory agency ordered you to rent your premises a few hours a day, at a predetermined tariff, to other local mechanics. A decision by the CRTC will force telecoms to give ISPs acccess to their network at the same speeds they offer their own customers."
Cuba to Cut State Jobs in Tilt Toward Free Market – September 17, 2010
"Cuba will lay off more than half a million state workers and try to create hundreds of thousands of private-sector jobs, a dramatic attempt by the hemisphere's only Communist country to shift its nearly bankrupt economy toward a more market-oriented system."
Maxime Bernier, Former Industry and Foreign Affairs Minister and MP for Beauce – May 27, 2010
You have to be out there. You have to explain what you believe in and I think people are intelligent. If you have a good idea and it is based on facts and you can explain it, I think people will understand and they will vote for you.
How To Increase The West’s Clout – May 17, 2010
Want a more powerful West? Start with policies that increase the region’s wealth and population.
The Western World Keeps Spending Its Way To Disaster – May 15, 2010
" 'The BIS paper notes that the public debt of 30 OECD countries will (on average) exceed 100 per cent of GDP within the next year, “something that has never happened before in peacetime.” '
Rahim Jaffer’s Corporate Welfare Habit – May 3, 2010
The repayment record on corporate welfare is poor: think just 10%.
Money for Nothing and Your Cheques for Free – April 29, 2010
Industry Canada has paid out $18 billion in corporate welfare since 1982—and collected back only $1.9 billion.
Media Release - Money for Nothing and Your Cheques for Free – April 29, 2010
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy today released a study that shows Industry Canada has paid out $18 billion in corporate welfare since 1982—and collected back only $1.9 billion.
How The Great Recession Concentrated Public Minds – April 5, 2010
Recently announced wage freezes for government employees in New Brunswick, Ontario and Manitoba will help address the long-term problem of rapid pay escalation in the public sector.
Freezing Government Wages is Prudent Cost-Control – March 11, 2010
Manitoba’s decision to freeze wage growth for its highly paid public sector employees will help ensure the province’s fiscal health, and arguments that the policy will hurt the economy are based on weak economic arguments.