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An Evaluation of Three Alternative Fiscal Anchors for Canada

An Evaluation of Three Alternative Fiscal Anchors for Canada is a new study that evaluates three fiscal rules that Canadian governments could adopt: (1) a debt reduction target, (2) a ceiling on the ratio of interest payments to revenues, and (3) a balanced budget rule (achieved by either spending restraint or tax increases).

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Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2022

Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey is an annual survey of senior oil and gas executives, conducted between May and September of 2022, that finds uncertainty concerning environmental regulations and disputed land claims, likewise the cost of regulatory compliance, as major areas of concern in Canadian jurisdictions compared to US states.

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Corporate Philanthropy: Stay in Your Lane

Corporate Philanthropy: Stay in Your Lane, the latest installment from the Fraser Institute’s essay series on the ESG movement, finds that corporate charitable giving—driven by ESG—could produce more harm than good when it comes to overall charitable donations.

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Market Forces Already Address ESG and “Stakeholder Capitalism” Concerns

Market Forces Already Address ESG and “Stakeholder Capitalism” Concerns is a new essay in the Institute’s ongoing series on ESG investing that spotlights how competitive forces including contracts negotiated among a firm’s stakeholders and consumer preferences work better to address the issues raised by proponents of stakeholder capitalism and ESG than top-down government regulations.

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The Fallacies Undermining Energy Security

The Fallacies Undermining Energy Security is a new essay in the Institute’s series on ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing that highlights how important it is for Canada and the world to increase the supply of oil and gas, but how doing so is currently hampered by unrealistic government climate policies and regulations.

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COVID-19: The Risk in Perspective

COVID-19: The Risk in Perspective finds that humanity’s experience with COVID-19 has proven once again that human beings are not particularly adept at perceiving, understanding and rationally acting upon issues involving risk.

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Measuring the Fiscal Performance of Canada's Premiers, 2022

Measuring the Fiscal Performance of Canada's Premiers, 2022 is a new study that ranks Canadian premiers (seven current and four former) based on three fiscal policy categories: government spending, taxes, and deficits and debt up to the fiscal year 2021/22. Premiers who managed spending more prudently, balanced the budgets, and or paid down debt ranked higher.

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Economic Freedom of North America 2022

According to this year’s Economic Freedom of North America report, which measures government spending, taxation and labour market restrictions, every Canadian province now ranks in the bottom half of jurisdictions in our annual rankings of economic freedom.