Dans de nombreuses villes canadiennes, il est pratiquement impossible d’avoir un taxi au plus fort de l’hiver, après un match de hockey, au petit matin à la sortie d’une discothèque ou pendant les fêtes. La plupart des grandes villes canadiennes ont en effet mis en place des règlements qui limitent le nombre de taxis. Il en résulte une pénurie artificielle de taxis et une multitude de Canadiens grelottant sur les trottoirs d’un bout à l’autre du pays.
In The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict over Creativity, Enterprise and Progress, a book published shortly before the millennium, author Virginia Postrel decried widespread pessimistic attacks on humanity's future.
Back when Canada's premiers and then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau debated what to put into what later became the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, property rights were one possibility and on the table.
Trudeau had pushed for property rights as justice minister in 1968, again as prime minister in 1969, and in 1980 during constitutional talks. But property rights never made it into the final 1982 Charter because Trudeau and Bill Bennett, then-Premier of British Columbia, were the lone advocates.
Innovative new medicines can have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of those stricken with illness. Unfortunately, Canadians are often denied these benefits for months, if not years, while they wait for their government to approve drugs already deemed safe and effective by regulators in the European Union and United States. Smarter regulation could save resources, reduce patient suffering, and improve the lives of Canadians.
Many people often look to Europe as an example of what Aristotle called the good lifethink of their pleasant cities and obvious regard for art and history. But heres something else Canadians can learn from Europe: how many governments there are much better at balancing the rights of private property owners with regulations that restrict property and lessen its value.