Zombie ideas on pension reform rise again

The insurance industry has enjoyed tremendous profit on their retirement savings “products” for Canadians. The potential Canada Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement and the looming Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) pose major threats to the industry. Keith Ambachtsheer and Edward Waitzer’s recent call for for private competition to the ORPP is…
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Government wants your input on the TPP

Canada’s parliamentary standing committee on trade will be travelling the country to get regional perspectives on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), “to assess the extent to which the agreement, once implemented, would be in the best interests of Canadians,” according to a press release. The committee, which normally only leaves Ottawa for…
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Avoiding the trap of high hopes and low standards

On October 19th, after the longest campaign in recent history, the Liberals under Justin Trudeau were elected to a majority government in a crimson haze of Trudeaumania 2.0; Jack-Layton-esque hope/change/optimism branding; and anti-Harper sentiment (or, perhaps more accurately, fear of what a re-elected Conservative government would mean) as lifelong Liberals,…
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Federal tax policies, provincial problems

Many Government of Canada policies affect provincial governments, directly or indirectly. One of the most important areas is taxation – the life-blood of the body politic. How has this issue been discussed in this federal election?  Living within whose means?  We are constantly told that governments must “live within our…
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