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An Evaluation of Canada's Progress Towards Meeting 2026 and 2030 GHG Emission Reduction Targets

An Evaluation of Canada’s Progress Towards Meeting the 2026 and 2030 GHG Emission Reduction Targets, by Senior Fellow Ross McKitrick, is part of the Institute’s series on federal policy reforms. It finds that the federal government is unlikely to meet its 2026 or 2030 GHG emission reduction targets because of rising living standards for Canadians and the recent surge in population growth through increased immigration.

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Alberta’s ‘Spending Restraint’ in Perspective

Alberta’s “Spending Restraint” in Perspective is a new study that finds although the Alberta government’s current plan to restrain program spending increases is a constructive way to bring provincial spending more in line with sustainable revenues, doing so will be hindered by increases in per person spending introduced over the last two years. In fact, program spending this year will reach $14,334 per Albertan, which is $1,603 more per person (inflation-adjusted) than the government planned to spend this year as outlined in the 2022 mid-year budget update.

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ESG Investing and Financial Returns in Canada

ESG Investing and Financial Returns in Canada finds that despite claims to the contrary, the ESG rankings of publicly-traded Canadian companies have no significant effect on investment returns.

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Strong Parental Support for Balance, Not Bias, and Parental Involvement in K-12 Classrooms

Strong Parental Support for Balance, not Bias, and Parental Involvement in K-12 Classrooms finds that, based on a new Leger poll, more than 4 in 5 parents (82% of) across Canada think K-12 teachers and schools should provide students with facts, not interpretations, and provide advance notice of controversial lessons while 76 % of parents agree that students should be presented both sides of controversial issues or avoided entirely, while 91 per cent of parents think classroom material and discussions should always be age-appropriate.

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The Growing Imperative for Internal Free Trade in Canada

The Growing Imperative for Internal Free Trade in Canada finds that the federal government should encourage the provinces to liberalize trade within Canada, especially given growing trade protectionism in the United States.

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Federal Support for Journalism

Federal Support for Journalism, by Senior Fellow Lydia Miljan, is the latest essay in the Institute’s series on federal policy reforms. It documents the changing media landscape in Canada in recent years, and highlights why federal subsidies for the industry are bad policy.

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ow Have Canadian Federal Governments Responded to Budget Deficits?

How Have Canadian Federal Governments Responded to Budget Deficits? is a new study that measures how Canadian federal governments have responded to budget deficits over the last 150 years. It finds that a delay in balancing the budget will require deeper spending cuts and higher tax hikes in the future than if the government balanced the budget now. Put simply, it is better if the federal government embarks on fiscal adjustment early on, rather than postponing deficit elimination.