Indigenous ownership in Canadian oil and gas takes huge step

But Trudeau government's emissions cap threatens future prosperity

Indigenous ownership in Canadian oil and gas takes huge stepA massive milestone has been reached in the growing trend of Indigenous people taking ownership of Canadian oil and gas projects. Twenty-three First Nations and Métis communities in northern Alberta are investing $1.1 billion to become part owners of seven Enbridge oil sands pipelines. It’s described as the largest energy-related Indigenous partnership transaction in North…

Trudeau can’t stop himself from embarrassing us

He dishonoured the Queen and her family during her funeral. Did he know he’d be filmed in this Canada’s Got No Talent debacle?

Trudeau can’t stop himself from embarrassing usThe latest theatre of the absurd from Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has received mixed reviews. For reasons best known to himself and his circle of advisors, Trudeau thought it might be a swell idea on the eve of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral to go to the lobby bar in his swank five-star London hotel for…

Indigenous peoples faced with a choice of development or poverty

The right choice is staring us in the face

Indigenous peoples faced with a choice of development or povertyIf First Nations are to have a chance at seeing real self-determination, equity deals in natural resource development must be part of the conversation. Having ownership of the projects taking place on our land not only gives us own-source revenue but also gives us the ability to have a seat at the table and be…

Ford needs to make his gas tax cut permanent

Hardworking Ontario families need all the help they can get

Ford needs to make his gas tax cut permanentIf Ontario Premier Doug Ford doesn’t want to be the grinch who stole Christmas, he’ll start working on a plan to make Ontario’s temporary gas tax cut permanent. Ontario drivers are now at the midpoint of the Ford government’s temporary gas tax relief period. Beginning on July 1, the province reduced its gas excise tax…

Trudeau government not serious about making life more affordable

Hard-working, struggling Canadians need meaningful tax relief

Trudeau government not serious about making life more affordablePrime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approach to making life more affordable is like giving somebody a bike after totalling their car and then waiting for a big thank you. Instead of reversing his recent tax hikes, Trudeau’s latest crack at making life more affordable includes GST rebates and borrowing another $2 billion to cover some rent…

What an aging society will mean for inequality, inflation

A labour shortage will reduce income inequality. But inflation will trend higher

What an aging society will mean for inequality, inflationWritten by economists Charles Goodhart and Manoj Pradhan, The Great Demographic Reversal is a provocative read. And with 81 diagrams and 23 tables, it’s chockful of data in support of its thesis. That thesis is simple: “Of one thing we are sure, the future will be nothing like the past.” Or at least nothing like…

Post-secondary COVID-19 policies in Canada must end

We need to learn to live with the now endemic coronavirus

Post-secondary COVID-19 policies in Canada must endThe Canadian Academics for Covid Ethics (CA4CE) is a group of researchers and scholars from fields spanning the natural and social sciences and humanities. It is concerned with the mismanagement of the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic response in Canada and around the world.  The following commentary was written by Drs. Claus Rinner, Claudia Chaufan, Jennifer Tilk,…

Canada has a food affordability problem

It is time for tax reductions to help consumers weather food inflation

Canada has a food affordability problemDid you know that there is a global food security index? The well-known magazine The Economist has just published its 11th edition. The Global Food Security Index comprises a set of indices from more than 120 different countries. Since 2012, the index has been based on four main pillars: food access, safety, sustainable development, and…

Political left has gone ballistic at the prospect of Meloni leading Italy

The liberal media tars her as a fascist but her views are actually centre-right and inherently sensible

Political left has gone ballistic at the prospect of Meloni leading ItalyLong before I became a columnist, I was fascinated by the study of political ideologies. The number of books and materials I’ve accumulated, have read and continue to read on this subject area is enough to make a grown man weep (and not tears of joy). Or my wife when she looks around the house!…

No need to choose between lower taxes and health care

Failings of the health system are not due to chronic underfunding

No need to choose between lower taxes and health careIf Quebec voters have one concern during the current election campaign, and just about every election campaign for decades now, it’s the health-care system. Contrary to what many commentators have been claiming for years, the failings of the health system are not due to “chronic underfunding.” For this reason, the notion that lower taxes would…
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