Taylor Jackson

Independent Researcher

Taylor Jackson is an Independent Researcher and a former Senior Policy Analyst with the Fraser Institute. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. Mr. Jackson is the coauthor of a number of Fraser Institute studies, including Safety in the Transportation of Oil and Gas: Pipelines or Rail?, and the Fraser Institute's annual Global Petroleum Survey, and Survey of Mining Companies. He is also the coauthor of a book chapter on the past, present, and future of Canadian-American relations with Professor Alexander Moens. Mr Jackson's work has been covered in the media all around the world and his commentaries have appeared in the National Post, Financial Post, and Washington Times, as well as other newspapers across Canada.

Recent Research by Taylor Jackson

— Feb 5, 2019
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Health Care Reform Options for Alberta

Health Care Reform Options for Alberta finds that the Alberta government can enact major health-care reforms—without contravening the Canada Health Act—that would shorten wait times and improve patient care. For example, increasing the use of private clinics, creating a centralized surgical registry and pooling patient referrals, and allowing private, parallel financing and delivery of medically necessary services, none of which are explicitly prohibited by federal legislation.

— Jan 29, 2019
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Assessing British Columbia's Tax Competitiveness

Assessing British Columbia’s Tax Competitiveness finds that B.C. now has the ninth highest top combined personal income tax rate in Canada and the United States, which hurts the province’s ability to compete with neighbouring jurisdictions for skilled-workers and investment. The province also has the highest taxes on business investment anywhere in Canada.

— Dec 18, 2018
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Reforming Capital Gains Taxes in Alberta

Reforming Capital Gains Taxes in Alberta finds that Alberta should eliminate the provincial portion of the capital gains tax—lowering it from 24 to 16.5 per cent—to become more competitive with key energy-producing jurisdictions in the United States. Currently nine U.S. states do not impose a state-level capital gains tax, including several key energy-producing states—Texas, Wyoming and Alaska—which directly compete with Alberta for investment, entrepreneurs and even highly-skilled workers.