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Alternative Paths for Alberta's Budget: Balance by 2023/24 Is Not Enough

Alternative Paths for Alberta’s Budget: Balance by 2023/24 Is Not Enough finds that the Alberta government could balance the budget years ahead of its self-imposed 2023/24 deadline with modest spending discipline and avoid accumulating tens of billions of dollars in additional debt. Moreover, the government is currently not on track to meet even its modest goal of balancing its budget by 2023/24 and will, in fact, run a $5 billion deficit that year if current revenue and spending trends continue.

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Will British Columbia’s New NDP Government Abandon Past Spending Discipline?

Will B.C.’s New NDP Government Abandon Past Spending Discipline? finds that British Columbia currently enjoys one of the strongest fiscal positions in Canada because of modest spending growth. In fact, over a 15-year period starting in 2001/02, successive provincial governments in B.C. increased spending, on average, 3.5 per cent annually—the lowest level of spending growth during that time period of any province.

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Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting: Endangering Public Health, Society, and the Economy

Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting: Endangering Public Health, Society, and the Economy finds that counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs pose a real risk to Canadians because they are showing up in brick-and-mortar pharmacies, not just on the street and online, and counterfeiting medicines in Canada could be worth up to $89 million a year.

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Repeating Past Mistakes? Spending Restraint Critical for Ontario’s Fiscal Health

Repeating Past Mistakes? Spending Restraint Critical for Ontario’s Fiscal Health finds that the Ontario government is ramping up program spending by more than $7 billion this year, or nearly six per cent—more than three times higher than the average increase in the years following the 2009 recession.

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global go-to think tank report 2016

The Fraser Institute is the top think-tank in Canada for the tenth straight year and ranks in the top 25 among all think-tanks worldwide, according to the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index published by the University of Pennsylvania and released recently in Washington, D.C.. Among independent think-tanks, which the University of Pennsylvania report defines as having independence from any one interest group or donor and autonomous in its operation and funding from government, the Fraser Institute ranks 11th best worldwide.

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Federal Deficits and Recession: What Could Happen

Federal Deficits and Recession: What Could Happen finds that a recession could push the annual federal deficit to between $46 and $120 billion by 2020/21 given the federal government is already running deficits during times of positive economic growth.

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The Human Freedom Index 2017

The Human Freedom Index, 2017 finds Canada is no longer one of the 10 freest countries in the world, having dropped from fourth to 11th, while the United States climbed up seven spots to 17th. The index ranks 159 countries and jurisdictions based on 79 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms and is a joint project with the Cato Institute in the U.S. and Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

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The Supply of Physicians in Canada: Projections and Assessment

The Supply of Physicians in Canada: Projections and Assessment finds the number of doctors per capita in Canada lags far behind other developed countries in the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, and Canada likely won’t close the gap in the coming years. In 2015, Canada had 2.7 doctors per 1,000 people—almost 20 per cent lower than the 3.4 per 1,000 person average for the OECD.