Qantas and Air Canada: A tale of two airlines – April 26, 2012
Conflict-plagued Air Canada could learn some lessons from Qantas- an Australian airline- that has comparable challenges but through management control and focusing on customer choice, the competition, and the future has been able to remain alive and vibrant.
Co-operation Win-Win for Unions, Taxpayers – March 7, 2012
Winnipeg City Council should be applauded for dipping its toes into the waters of real reform. Under managed competition, a system that allows management and unions an opportunity to cut costs and improve services before the city considers going to competitive bidding.
The Big Census News – February 16, 2012
The 2011 census has revealed that several provinces with varying demographic challenges have had success attracting and retaining immigrants through the provincial immigrant nominee programs introduced in the late 90s, and expanded dramatically in recent years.
Make Immigration Break Even – December 23, 2011
The Canadian government recently announced a moratorium on immigration applications for parents and grandparents of Canadians under the family reunification program. But rather than eliminating the program, as many opponents have urged, the government should instead find a way to ensure that sponsors are bearing its full costs. A reasonable way to reconcile concerns would be to charge an entrance fee to sponsored parents and grandparents through the family reunification program.
Awakening to Tragedy Among Young Female South Asians – December 15, 2011
Parliament needs to address the policy gap regarding the high suicide rate among young women of South Asian origin in Canada.
Only More Immigrants Can Save Canada's Economy – August 5, 2011
Minister Jason Kenney acknowledged that Canada would require 1 million immigrants in order to replace retiring workers, but claimed that it wouldn’t happen for various reasons. But unless we significantly increase immigration levels, the burden on young workers will be immense.
Canada's Contract Killer – July 24, 2011
If there's a distinct link between self-employment and entrepreneurial innovation, the greater the legal and administrative hurdles for entrepreneurs, the greater the obstacles to entrepreneurial creativity and to economic development.
Good Bye Forced Funding of Union Advertising – July 22, 2011
Paycheque protection legislation which requires that union dues be spent solely on collective bargaining, not partisan politics and advertising is looming on Canada’s policy landscape.
Immigration For a Prosperous Saskatchewan – July 11, 2011
Contrary to popular belief, increased immigration to Saskatchewan expands the economy and enriches the cultural landscape.
Racism at Macleans? – March 25, 2011
Municipal politicians ought to spend their time providing solutions for real problems affecting people, rather than exaggerating small ones, or fabricating new ones.
Official Multiculturalism Fails Immigrants – February 28, 2011
The doctrine of multiculturalism in Canada is presented, among other things, as a necessity to help immigrants prerve their language and culture, and to facilitate their integration into mainstream Canada.
Manitoba: The Supplicant Society (Part 1 of 8) – January 22, 2011
Manitoba has evolved into a supplicant society based on equalization payments that have the unintentional effect of limiting the province's freedom and prosperity.
Canada’s New, Culture-Driven Abuse Of Women And Girls – July 13, 2010
Researchers must face up to the fact that “honour killings” stem from culture, and are not just another manifestation of family violence that already took place in Western societies such as Canada.
Anti-Social Union Practices Can’t Hide Behind Greater Good – May 31, 2010
Unsavoury union organizing seems to get more of a pass than it deserves in Saskatchewan, analysing the economics of union labour suggests it shouldn’t.
Five Thoughts on the Single Rate Income Tax – September 23, 2009
As more and more nations move towards the single rate tax, Canadian governments too should consider whether multi-rate taxes are an effective way of redistributing wealth, and indeed whether it is even desirable to treat different income differently through the tax code.
Thank You for Our Taxi Monopoly – April 20, 2009
Taxi regulation is a textbook example of the public choice economics concept of dispersed costs and concentrated benefits. The behaviour of the taxi industry at a recent policy breakfast regarding taxi deregulation in Calgary illustrated this example well.
Regina Taxi Regulations: Quit fiddling and cure the disease – March 10, 2009
Canadian cities like Regina should discard their license caps and fare controls in favour of quality controls, since the regulatory process has proven it does not serve the public interest over successive decades.
Canada: The New Switzerland? – February 17, 2009
Canada is increasingly seen as a country with a safer banking system and a steadier hand on the till. The latest international observer to notice this is the foreign affairs editor of Newsweek, Fareed Zakaria.
Unions Should Not Play Politics – September 2, 2008
While labour groups are correct to point out that management should not tell employees how to vote, they should recognize that they themselves are very partisan and should not be using members fees to support political causes.
Poverty Policies Tend to Impoverish – September 12, 2007
The poor suffer the most collateral damage when policy is designed for the few, not the many.