Federal carbon tax seems destined to fail

P.E.I. has added itself to the list of carbon tax opponents, following Premier Doug Ford of Ontario. And the list is growing

Federal carbon tax seems destined to failIf there ever was a federal carbon tax consensus in Canada, it's now dissolving. Rumours of its death have been floating for some time, but the recent Prince Edward Island announcement rejecting it has the feel of an unofficial invitation to its wake. Did the smallest provincial jurisdiction in the country kill Prime Minister Justin…

A staggering number of Indigenous Canadians are in jail

Canadian governments continue to allow the operation of a justice system constructed on a foundation of systemic racism

A staggering number of Indigenous Canadians are in jailThe ’60s Scoop never ended – only the destination changed. Instead of sending Indigenous children to white families, the government has sent a generation of Indigenous children to jail. It must end. Not long ago, First Nations people ‘caught’ leaving their reserve would be arrested and thrown in jail. Even more recently, Indigenous children were…

Oil prices expected to decline in the coming months

The latest forecast from Deloitte cites increased OPEC output and slipping international demand for oil

Oil prices expected to decline in the coming monthsGlobal oil prices are expected to recede in the coming months after reaching their highest values since 2014. The latest forecast from Deloitte’s Resource Evaluation and Advisory group says that as Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) increase output and international demand for oil declines in the second half of the year, prices will fall. The…

Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exports

Ottawa ignores the evidence with Bill C-48, which will make it more difficult to ship oil and byproducts to lucrative Asian markets

Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exportsAs virtually everyone knows by now, the federal government decided to address Canada’s inability to get pipelines built from Alberta to tidewater the old fashioned way. It nationalized the last viable pipeline project, the twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and paid $4.5 billion for the existing pipeline. With that purchase, we have…

Trans Mountain opponents out of touch with reality

B.C. still exports coal because to do otherwise would be to kill jobs in the province. The contrast with its pipeline stance is startling

Trans Mountain opponents out of touch with realityMany opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion justify their opposition by citing concerns about climate change and carbon emissions, but this raises some important questions. What about coal? Vancouver is North America's largest exporter of coal, one-third of it thermal coal for generating electricity. Vancouver exports U.S. coal because Oregon and Washington have stopped…

Indigenous rights are not absolute

Public policy discourse needs to move away from where Indigenous issues are paramount to where they’re one set among many

Indigenous rights are not absoluteIndigenous people too often seem to think that their rights are absolute or act as if their rights trump everything else. This attitude was seen clearly in a reaction from the Saskatchewan-based Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) after the Saskatchewan government changed the policy regarding when people can hunt on summer pasture lands. All…

Ontarians must consider real health-care reform

All three major parties promise massive new spending as the provincial election nears. Better they look to Saskatchewan for ideas

Ontarians must consider real health-care reformBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Ontarians are less than two weeks away from choosing their next provincial government and polls suggest voters are looking for change, with both the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats leading the governing Liberals. Unfortunately, none of the three major party platforms include genuine health-care reform,…

Fire bans being enacted across the province

Bans issued in all provincial parks south of the Churchill River and municipalities across the province

Fire bans being enacted across the provinceCrossroads Staff The Saskatchewan government is putting fire bans in place at its provincial parks, and municipalities are also enacting fire bans due to the dry conditions. There is minimal precipitation in the forecast for the next several days, according to weather reports on Wednesday. The province has issued fire bans in all provincial parks…

Policy risk chases away investment: Brad Wall

Former Saskatchewan premier says government needs to send a strong signal that it intends to be competitive

Policy risk chases away investment: Brad WallFormer Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall recently joined Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP as a special adviser to the firm and its clients. He is based in the firm’s Calgary office. Wall spoke with our Associate website Calgary's Business about politics and the economy. Calgary's Business: Why did you decide to choose this new position and what do you see are your…

Stakeholders comment on provincial budget

The roughly $14.6-million budget has a deficit of more than $365 million, down from the $685-million deficit in 2017-18

Stakeholders comment on provincial budgetKenneth Brown of The Crossroads It has been two weeks since the Saskatchewan government released its provincial budget, and various stakeholders have shared their views of the document. The province’s finance minister, Donna Harpauer, announced the 2018-19 budget in Regina on April 10. The roughly $14.6 million budget has a deficit of more than $365…