Frontier Centre in the Media
'Hope springs eternal' in the realm of New Year's wishes – January 8, 2013
My third wish was for our provinces to take concrete steps to get their finances under control. Yet, once again, debt and deficits grew in every province except Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hydro Revenue Review Off the Table – October 26, 2012
A July presentation to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty suggesting the government is committed to a full-scale review of how it addresses hydroelectricity revenues in the equalization formula is not under active consideration, the Finance Department said Thursday.
Equalization Isn't Equal – October 18, 2012
Mention the subject of federal transfer payments, and most people's eyes will glaze over. Mention that taxpayers in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario are net contributors to federal transfer payments - even though the cost of living is highest in those provinces, and lowest in the provinces that receive the bulk of federal transfer payments - and you might get people's attention.
Time to End Quebec's 'Welfaretrap,' report says – May 31, 2012
Quebec may not be able to keep its gold-plated welfare state, but either way it is time to break the province's 55-year "welfare trap" dependence on equalization payments, according to an economic note by the Montreal Economic Institute.
Wealth Shared Unfairly, Study says; – January 27, 2012
Ottawa is suppressing key parts of a politically explosive federal report that reveals Ontario is being shortchanged by Canada's national wealth-sharing scheme.
O Conservatives – May 4, 2011
No longer is Canada’s Conservative Party hamstrung by a minority government. On Monday, 61 percent of registered voters trekked to the polls to hand Prime Minister Stephen Harper his first clear majority in the House of Commons.
Ontarians Get Raw Deal in Wealth-Sharing System, Study Says – February 25, 2011
Canada’s outdated and inefficient fiscal arrangements are cheating Ontario taxpayers and undermining the nation’s productivity, warns a new study.
Time to Overhaul Equalization – February 22, 2011
With Ontario clamouring for change to Canada's equalization payment system and even beneficiaries in Atlantic Canada questioning its worth, the time is ripe for an overhaul of what has become an antiquated model of fiscal federalism, which rewards failure and punishes success.
Ontario Gearing up for Renewed Fight with Ottawa Over Equalization – February 22, 2011
Ontario is gearing up for a battle with Ottawa over equalization after a new report by a leading business group slammed the national program for failing to level the playing field between Canada's "have" and "have-not" provinces and territories.
A Transfer System That's Far From Equal – February 17, 2011
On Tuesday, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce attacked fiscal federalism, claiming that Canada's complex system of transfers and equalization payments robs Ontario taxpayers and diminishes national productivity.
European-style bailouts in Canada? – December 29, 2010
Frontier Centre in the media from the Calgary Herald.
Editorial: Stealth equalization; – November 24, 2010
"Over the past week and month, prominent players in business and political circles from Eastern and Central Canada made it clear the dysfunctional dependency on federal largesse -- largely financed by Western Canada, must end, and that such transfers in their current form may be doing more harm than good."
Report Pans 'Stealth Equalization'; – November 23, 2010
"With the third-largest per-capita concentration of federal government jobs in Canada, New Brunswick is a "have-not" province that's dependent on a hidden system of "stealth equalization" from Ottawa, says a new report from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy."
Bureaucracies Stealth' Subsidize Have-Not Provinces: Study – November 22, 2010
"Canada's rich westernmost provinces are footing the bill for more than $2-billion annually in "stealth" economic subsidies to the country's poorest provinces - above and beyond the $14-billion in official federal equalization, according to a study released Monday by a leading Canadian think- tank."
Ottawa's Payroll Secretly Skewed Against Ontario; – November 22, 2010
"The federal public service has become a "stealth equalization" program that overwhelmingly favours the Maritimes and Manitoba at the expense of Ontario and the rest of Canada, a new study shows."
Nova Scotia's Public Sector Excesses Borne by Other Canadians – April 20, 2010
In his recent attack on a study on equalization by the Frontier Centre or Public Policy (Weekend Feedback: Attack on Equalization Off Base, March 27), John Malcom, chief executive officer of the Cape Breton District Health Authority makes a number of errors.
Persichilli: Be careful what you wish for, Monsieur Duceppe – April 13, 2010
Bloc leader might well find Canadians quite willing to cut spendthrift Quebec adrift.
End Coming For Robin Hood-Type Transfers – March 22, 2010
"So lucrative has the transfer of wealth become that, according to an excellent new analysis by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, the less-fortunate provinces now outperform almighty Alberta in delivering almost all services, including health care and the cost of post-secondary education."
Why 'Have' Provinces are the New Have-Nots – March 8, 2010
"Alberta people and companies send about $40 billion a year to Ottawa in taxes and other payments. The feds return just $19 billion. Annual net loss to Albertans: $21 billion."
Economic fallout upsets Canadian status quo, norms – March 5, 2010
"As the economic crisis hit, Canada may have been the best prepared among developed nations when it came to the strength of its banking sector and government finances, but it seems ill-prepared to handle the global fallout."