Austerity in Quebec: Budget cutting and affected services

According to the government, austerity exists only in the minds of its critics. Of course, efforts are required to restore the state’s financial health, but that’s only “rigour.” Trimming the fat. Making what already exists more efficient. But without affecting services. Reality nonetheless catches up with the spin fed to…
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Pipeline politics and the 2015 election

In early 2012, then Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver dropped a bombshell on BC. He asserted that Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline was in the national interest, but, he warned, “environmental and other radical groups” were undermining this effort to diversify Canada’s export markets. If anything, Oliver’s letter only inflamed…
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Albertans support climate action and a carbon tax: Lessons for the next federal government

Congratulations to the Pembina Institute on a poll they conducted with EKOS Research, assessing support for climate action among Albertans. The results are fascinating and hopeful. For a good post media summary, see this Vancouver Sun article. A few highlights: A large majority of respondents (70%) support investing in renewable energy…
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Closing small business tax loopholes

  The NDP, Liberals, Conservatives and Greens are now all proposing to cut the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% (albeit on slightly differing timelines), an unnecessary and unwise policy, as outlined in previous CCPA posts. It may make for good politics, but it’s a policy with no…
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When VW gives you lemons, make lemonade

Following the revelation of Volkswagen’s interesting and creative approach to compliance with emissions standards affecting its diesel-powered cars, conversation has focused on two questions: who is to blame, and how much should Volkswagen have to pay in fines and compensation? The answer to the first is certainly not the chair…
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