Fraser Forum

Government Spending & Taxes

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While all three party leaders tried to assure us that they are best able to guide us through an uncertain economic world, all missed the fundamental point that Canada is a small open economy.

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One of Canada’s most important positive policy reforms over the past 15 years has been on corporate taxes.

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Deficits and debt, uncompetitive personal income tax rates, and the decline in business start-ups.

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With a large deficit looming, it's a good time to put Alberta’s finances in longer-term perspective.

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Green-tech advocates have convinced governments to spend untold billions of dollars on subsidies.

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There’s increasing evidence of a relationship between entrepreneurship and age. Younger people are less risk-averse than older people, and more prone to question the status quo. These characteristics are fundamental to entrepreneurism. So how can government influence entrepreneurship to mitigate these demographic effects?

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Despite gloomy post-recession pronouncements from some analysts, slow economic growth is not preordained in Canada.

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In Alberta, to cushion the blow from falling revenues, some claim higher taxes will balance the books. How soon we forget. Alberta tried that in the late 1980s. It didn’t work.

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According to a Fraser Institute study released in February, between 2004/05 and 2013/14, the Alberta government’s program spending jumped to $43.9 billion from $29 billion.

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Columnists reveal bias on municipal spending and taxation.


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