Debunking Drummond

The Drummond report claims that Ontario is headed for a $30-billion deficit. This figure has been widely and uncritically reported. For example, The Globe and Mail printed four articles featuring this number in its February 18 edition. The Ontario government projected a balanced budget with a $1-billion contingency reserve by…
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The Disastrous Consequences of the Omnibus Crime Bill

Canada is one Senate vote away from becoming the most regressive Western democracy on criminal justice.  That unenviable position has most recently been occupied by the United States.  But even though some of the most conservative Republicans are now arguing against over-incarceration, Canada continues to pursue that objective. Americans have…
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Internet snooping law needs more than cosmetic changes

The just introduced Internet snooping legislation is causing concern among some mainstream Conservative government supporters.  Since its introduction on Valentine’s Day, it has been questioned, denounced, and/or criticized well beyond the privacy, human rights and civil liberties communities.  “Licence to snoop,” the editorial in The National Post and comments of concern…
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Drummond, Deconstructed

In the Commission report that bears his name, and in all of his media appearances since its release, Banker Don Drummond has ably played the disinterested expert, taking no pleasure in sharing the “gloomy message” he has for Ontario. From the way most TV hosts and journalists have rushed forward…
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Drummond Misdiagnoses Ontario’s Economy

The Harvard International Review has posted an interview with Don Drummond. I have posted the following response: It is good Drummond confesses that his free-market policy prescriptions failed to improve productivity, but old habits apparently die hard: “We have an Employment Insurance scheme that basically dissuades people from going where…
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McGuinty’s Business Tax Breaks

An interesting nugget in last week’s Drummond report is Table 11.1, an updated version of Table 2 from “Ontario’s Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth” (2009). It provides a sectoral breakdown of the McGuinty government’s recent business tax breaks: HST input tax credits, cutting the corporate income tax, and eliminating the…
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