Welcome to the Frontier Centre for Public Policy blog!

For almost 15 years, the Frontier Centre has worked to identify innovative policy ideas that promote high performance government, social policy renewal and the open economy.

The purpose of this blog is to provide a more relaxed forum in which our analysts can discuss findings of their research, share insights on current policy debates, and react to policy ideas from other forums.

This blog will feature regular commentaries from all members of the Frontier Centre policy team, which represents a diverse set of perspectives on a wide variety of issues.

The blog will also include occasional commentaries from our external expert advisory panel, which consists of top experts in fields ranging from Canadian fiscal federalism, to European healthcare policy to Aboriginal affairs and other aficionados of higher performing public policy.

Our goal in developing this blog is to create a lively and civil discussion forum in which contributors and readers will explore new ideas, and question conventional policy wisdom.

We hope that you’ll check back with us regularly as we pursue the Frontier Centre’s mission of developing and sharing innovative policy solutions that will make Canada an even better place in which to live, work and prosper.


The Frontier Centre for Public Policy is seeking an intern for January to April 2015.

Our internship program is designed to develop future researchers, writers, and policy leaders in Canada, and to provide highly motivated students with the opportunity to experience working in a think tank environment.

The internship is part-time (10-15 hours per week, with the hours usually chosen by the intern) and can be completed at the Centre's head office in Winnipeg, Manitoba, or remotely through e-mail and Skype. The intern is given a monthly stipend.

The intern's role will be primarily that of a research assistant. Tasks...

This report on Quebec Hydro is one in a long series of reports of 'troubles in Canada's utility land' brought about by the shale gas revolution, new technologies (solar, wind), larger investments in energy efficiency measures and slowing per capita demand, all taking the 'build' pressure  down for large and expensive hydroelectric generating plants.

The problem for ratepayers is that provincial governments with monopoly Crown corporation utilities - Newfoundland Labrador's Nalcor, Quebec's Quebec Hydro, Manitoba's Manitoba Hydro and B.C.'s B.C. Hydro - aren't listening.

Grown dependent on the income streams the Crown monopolies flow into their government masters' revenue...

Tomorrow, March 29th 2014, between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, we'll be celebrating Human Achievement Hour.

This one-hour event coincides with Earth Hour, an annual event where governments, businesses and individuals dim or shut off lights in an effort to raise awareness about pollution. In contrast, Human Achievement Hour (HAH) promotes human prosperity.

Human Achievement Hour is a period of time during which one shows appreciation for human accomplishments by engaging in capitalist acts between consenting adults. For example, going out shopping, or using electricity or indoor plumbing.

“We salute the people who keep the lights on and produce the energy that...

An animated version of Stephen Moore's talk - America's Energy Boom: How It Will Save U.S. Manufacturing and Recharge The U.S. Economy.

Last month I attended the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa.

It's the largest annual gathering of conservative and libertarians in Canada, with a noticeable generational split between those two philosophies.

The keynote speaker on the final day of the conference was Mark Steyn.

Now, Mark and I wouldn't agree on every political issue, but he's a very entertaining guy.

He gave an entertaining speech in which he covered six political facts of life:

1) When money drains, power drains. When a nation loses control of its finances, it loses control of its destiny.

2) Permanence is the illusion of...