The Coming Equalization Clash – March 7, 2008
Equalization, which is meant to provide roughly equivalent public services across Canada, is instead being used for corporate welfare and cheap power rates.
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.
Mafia Welfare – April 9, 2007
The disincentive problems with Italy's equalization programs resemble our own, but with a few special twists thrown in by the Mafia and poor southerners lulled into indolence.
Saskatchewan Should Lead Transformational Equalization – September 22, 2006
Saskatchewan has nothing to lose by leading a discussion on transformational equalization, whose goal is to make recipient provinces self-sustaining and dynamic economies.
Killing with Kindness – September 17, 2006
Well intended equalization keeps Manitoba in a "have not" province purgatory
Equalization, Boon or Boodle? – August 4, 2006
A new study on regional transfers in Britain confirms the experience of other countries. Equalization harms recipient areas by allowing them to avoid reform of economically destructive policies.
GST and Transfer Reform – February 22, 2006
Instead of lowering the GST, why not give it to the provinces in exchange for an end to federal transfer programs?
A Frontier Throne Speech – January 28, 2006
Frontier takes a shot at a throne speech - in the Canada West Foundation's Dialogues magazine, January 2006.
The Poison Elixir of Equalization – October 24, 2004
Efforts to get more equalization for Manitoba will push the province further into an insidous welfare trap that increases subsidy dependency by rewarding policies that undermine the private economy.
Transformational Equalization – March 20, 2004
A 3 part series on making equalization a transformational policy..