The 2007 Local Government Performance Index – November 27, 2007
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy releases its inaugural Local Government Performance Index (LGPI). It contains some 3000 data points concerning the 2005 financial performance of municipalities in Canada’s 30 most populous jurisdictions.
Telecommunications Privatization, Services, and Provincial Well-being – October 24, 2007
Ownership models have little effect on service levels in the competitive telecommunications industry, but they do affect the ability to invest and expand.
A Coming Revenue Crunch? – September 5, 2007
The Frontier Centre, in partnership with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies in Halifax, presents an AIMS study rating the 2006/07 budget performance of the western provinces and Ontario ranking fiscal health, budget transparency and budget impacts.
Monopoly Insurance: Unfair at Any Price – February 8, 2007
Government car insurance monopolies boast that they're giving consumers a better deal, but for the most part such claims are untrue.
Creating a High Performance Public School System in Manitoba – September 15, 2006
If we adopted a clear-headed, results-oriented philosophy of education „Ÿ and embarked in a consequent manner on the reform of standards, finances and administration „Ÿ we could create the strongest public school system in the country. Instead of the province which spends the largest percentage of GDP on schools, Manitoba would become renowned as the province that achieved the best results.
The Flypaper Effect – July 23, 2006
This paper jointly published by Halifax's Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and the Frontier Centre demonstrates that equalization subsidies simply inflate the size of the recipient province's public sectors, more government personnel with higher salaries, at the cost of more effective public services.
Do We Over-Equalize? – July 22, 2006
Making the case for a needs-based approach to equalization to prevent over subsidizing recipient provinces in the goal of providing "reasonable" levels of public services.
Aboriginal Governance Index – June 15, 2006
How well are Manitoba's First Nations governed? A groundbreaking Index ranks them according to what their own people think.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water/Wastewater Privatization – May 28, 2006
Privatized water and wastewater systems have excellent track records for maintaining environmental and health standards.
Manitoba's Water Protection Act – April 13, 2006
Everybody wants to restore the health of Lake Winnipeg, but the province's means of doing that is flawed. It may not solve the problem even as it imposes heavy costs on the agricultural sector.
An Environmental Policy for the 21st Century – October 8, 2005
Environmental policy is no longer the purview of statists and interventionists. A new view that puts human needs in the equation is emerging.
Pork Barrel Protectionism – December 11, 2004
Policy paper 24 explores why recent hog tariffs imposed by the United States are about protectionism and explains why Canada should aggressively pursue the case under free trade rules, and work to eliminate the possibility of such nuisance actions in all export commodities.
School Choice: A Policy Whose Time Has Come – August 16, 2004
The world-wide trend in education is generally moving towards more choices for students and parents. Among countries embracing the trend are New Zealand, Britain, and the United States. Approximately 2700 charter schools have opened in the latter, and research demonstrates that most of them have been very successful.
Letting the Students Decide – July 13, 2004
Frontier policy paper 22 suggests replacing Manitoba's current university funding system with a lifelong learning endowment giving more flexibility and control to students.
A Decade of TABOR – June 18, 2004
Colorado has in its TABOR legislation the strictest tax-and-spending limitation of the 50 states. This paper analyzes TABOR’s effect on Colorado, contrasting taxing and spending before and after enactment of TABOR.
"Smart Growth" – February 24, 2004
The city of Portland, Oregon, took the lead in implementing "smart growth" policies to contain urban sprawl. The results, to say the least, were underwhelming, and wiser heads are trying to correct the mistake.
The Lone Eagles – December 11, 2003
Instead of “chasing smokestacks,” rural communities should take advantage of the environmental and social amenities they have to offer. The priority for enhancing their economies must shift from the pursuit of urban-style industrial expansion to an emphasis on communications infrastructure and environmental quality.
Pelletized Biofuels - A Manitoba Opportunity – October 29, 2003
A discussion of pelletized biofuels using natural grasses suggests a great opportunity for Manitoba, which is the lowest cost producer in North America.
Should We Close Our Borders? – July 22, 2003
Daniel Klymchuk, Director of the Frontier Centre's Immigration Frontiers Project defends the case for more immigration in a critique of a recent paper by immigration critic Martin Collacott.
Australia's Dairy Reforms – March 10, 2003
An overview of Australia's recent dairy reforms and the country's phase out of marketing boards. A temporary consumer levy on milk is being applied to partially buy out quotas, the most difficult aspect of marketing board reform.