Tag Archives: Fraser Institute PR

Human Freedom Index Ranks Canada #6, US #23

The ECOreport reposts findings of of personal, civil and economic freedoms; Human Freedom Index Ranks Canada #6, US #23

Press Release from the Fraser Institute

TORONTO—Canada ranks sixth overall while the United States continues to decline—this year dropping to 23rd—in the Human Freedom Index, released today by the Fraser Institute and a network of international public policy think-tanks.
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What Trump Could Mean For Canadian Energy

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED from one of Canada’s leading Conservative think tanks,  what Trump could mean for Canadian energy

Originally Published on the Fraser Forum

By Kenneth P. Green

It has been two weeks since the world order (and some of my research agenda for the next four to eight years) was thrown into complete turmoil by the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. (I hope at this point that sentence is not still triggering people.)

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Lower Canadian Growth Rate Expected

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about government policy, Lower Canadian Growth Rate Expected

Originally Published on the Fraser Forum

Editor’s note: While few are enthusiastic about a 1.7% growth rate,  the revised statistics still show steady growth.

By Niels Veldhuis & Jason Clemens

The federal government has gone to great lengths to highlight that its fiscal policies will lead to significant improvements in the growth prospects for the Canadian economy.

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Municipal Regulations Impact House Prices

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED arguing that municipal regulations impact house prices

Originally Published on the Fraser Insitute

By Kenneth P. Green, Josef Filipowicz, Steve Lafleur & Ian Herzog

As Canadians continue to converge on urban centres and concerns about the affordability of housing grow, it is crucial to understand why the country’s major housing markets have seen such dramatic growth in prices. This study presents evidence that the regulation of residential development restricts the housing supply, encouraging the growth of prices and distorting local economies.

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Referendum Should Precede Electoral Reform

The ECOreport reposts a OP-ED stating that a referendum should precede electoral reform

Originally Published on the Fraser Institute

Since the first election in Canada in 1792, Canadians have used the simple plurality system (commonly known as “first-past-the-post”) to elect representatives to the House of Commons, the provincial legislatures, and municipal governments. However, the federal government has promised to change the electoral system before the next federal election. And the government, including the prime minister, has repeatedly rejected calls for a referendum on the issue.

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The Legal Duty To Consult

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about the legal duty to consult

Originally Posted on the Fraser Institute

By Ravina Bains & Kayla Ishkanian

Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution states that “the existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed”. In an attempt to provide greater clarity the constitution defines “treaty rights” as rights that now exist by way of “land claim agreements or may be so acquired”. It is through this constitutional provision that the duty to consult has been constructed by Canadian courts. The department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada estimates that the legal duty to consult is triggered for some provinces over 100,000 times per year and for the federal government over 5,000 times per year.

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Vancouver Should Take Note Of Houston’s Affordable Housing

The ECOreport reposts Vancouver Should Take Note Of Houston’s Affordable Housing

The Vancouver SUN via Fraser Institute

By Kennith P. Green, Ian Herzog & Josef Filipowicz, of the Fraser Institute

A recent Wall Street Journal article featured a number of cities that stand out, giving well-deserved praise to Vancouver’s walkable urban landscape. But while Vancouver continues to become even more pedestrian friendly, a much bigger problem is going unsolved. Growing housing costs are consistently outstripping income increases in the city.

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Only Notley/Trudeau Could Build A Pipeline?

The ECOreport reposts the Op-Ed: Only Notley/Trudeau could build a pipeline?

Editor’s Note: Given the difficulties of cleaning up a major bitumen spill AND the planet’s average global temperature rise pushing 1.5C, I personally find the prospect of a new pipeline coming to BC terrifying. That said, it is sometimes interesting to read what the other side has to say about these issues. 

Originally Published on the Fraser Institute

By Kenneth P Green

The Americans have a saying: “Only Nixon could go to China.” What they mean by that was that, ironically, only a conservative president with strong record of anti-communism could allay conservative opposition to opening discussions with China’s communist government. Could the Canadian version of that saying turn out to be, “Only Notley/Trudeau could build a pipeline?”

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Canada’s Federal Debt 1867-2015

The ECOreport reposts a history of Canada’s Federal Debt 1867-2015, which shows the our per capita debt peaked in 1996  

Originally Published on the Fraser Forum

By Livio Di Matteo

With the federal government poised to table a budget in two weeks and embark on a new era of deficit financing and debt accumulation, it’s useful to take a quick long-term look at the finances of the federal government from a more historical perspective. Using data from the Canada Yearbook for the period 1867 to 1965 and the Federal Fiscal Reference Tables for 1966 to 2014 and the 2015 federal budget for 2015, Figure 1 (below) plots the total federal net debt in billions of dollars from 1867 to 2015.

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China Displaces Canada As Largest US Trade Partner

Recently released data from the U.S. Department of Commerce show that, as of the end of September, this year China displaces Canada as largest US trade partner

Originally Published on the Fraser Institute

by Steven Globerman

Recently released data from the U.S. Department of Commerce show that through September 2015, China accounted for a larger share of total U.S. trade than Canada.

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