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Should Equalization Keep On Growing in an Era of Converging Fiscal Capacity

Should Equalization Keep on Growing in an Era of Converging Fiscal Capacity? finds that, as traditional “have” provinces struggle economically, Canada’s equalization program is not equipped to adapt to the country’s new economic landscape. In fact, a rule introduced to cap equalization increases to ensure program affordability could actually add as much as $2.7 billion to program costs over the next two years.

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Interest Rates and Mortgage Borrowing Power in Canada

Interest Rates and Mortgage Borrowing Power in Canada finds that the ability of Canadians to borrow for a home has increased 126 per cent over the past two decades because of declining interest rates and rising incomes, likely driving up prices.

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The Fate of NAFTA: Possible Scenarios and their Implications for Canada

The Fate of NAFTA: Possible Scenarios and their Implications for Canada finds that Canada may have to eliminate protectionist policies aimed at key Canadian industries to successfully renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in upcoming trade talks—and that could be good news for the Canadian economy in the longer-run.

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Rae Days in Alberta: The Notley Government at Two Years

Rae Days in Alberta: The Notley Government at Two Years finds that Alberta’s NDP government under Premier Rachel Notley is following the failed policies of Bob Rae’s NDP government in Ontario in the 1990s rather than the successful NDP government of Roy Romanow in Saskatchewan.

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Wishful Thinking: An Analysis of Ontario’s Timeline for Shrinking Its Debt Burden

Wishful Thinking: An Analysis of Ontario’s Timeline for Shrinking Its Debt Burden finds that Queen’s Park’s timeline for reducing the province’s historically high debt burden relies on optimistic and questionable assumptions and lacks a detailed, credible plan to achieve it.

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The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2017 edition

The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2017 finds that a typical Canadian family of four will pay $12,057 for health care this year—an increase of nearly 70 per cent over the last 20 years.

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Safety First: Intermodal Safety for Oil and Gas Transportation

Safety First: Intermodal Safety for Oil and Gas Transportation finds that transporting oil by pipelines is more than twice as safe as using rail, and marine tankers are safer still with a markedly improved safety record over the past 40 years. While oil shipped by tanker has increased from 1.4 billion tonnes in 1970 to 2.9 billion tonnes in 2015, the amount of spillage has plummeted by 98 per cent.

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The Economic Effects of Banning Temporary Replacement Workers

The Economic Effects of Banning Temporary Replacement Workers finds that prohibiting businesses from hiring temporary workers during strikes and lock-outs—as is the case in British Columbia and Quebec—discourages business investment, which in turn actually lowers union wages and costs jobs.