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Jason Clemens

Executive Vice President, Fraser Institute

Jason Clemens is the Executive Vice President of the Fraser Institute and the President of the Fraser Institute Foundation. He has an Honors Bachelors Degree of Commerce and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Windsor as well as a Post Baccalaureate Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University. Before rejoining the Fraser Institute in 2012, he was the director of research and managing editor at the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute and prior to joining the MLI, Mr. Clemens spent a little over three years in the United States with the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute. He has published over 70 major studies on a wide range of topics, including taxation, government spending, labor market regulation, banking, welfare reform, health care, productivity, and entrepreneurship. He has published over 300 shorter articles, which have appeared in such newspapers as The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Washington Post, Globe and Mail, National Post, and a host of U.S., Canadian, and international newspapers. Mr. Clemens has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs across Canada and the United States. He has appeared before committees of both the House of Commons and the Senate in Canada as an expert witness and briefed state legislators in California. In 2006, he received the coveted Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award presented by Caldwell Partners as well as an Odyssey Award from the University of Windsor. In 2011, he was awarded (along with his co-authors) the prestigious Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for the best-selling book The Canadian Century. In 2012, the Governor General of Canada on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, presented Mr. Clemens with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to the country.

Recent Research by Jason Clemens

— Feb 15, 2022
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The Age of Eligibility for Public Retirement Programs in the OECD: 2022 Update

Age of Eligibility for Public Retirement Programs in the OECD: 2022 Update is a new study that finds among 22 high-income countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 16 have already increased (or are in the process of increasing) the age of eligibility for government retirement programs above 65. Canada has not, and as a result, will see increased provincial and federal spending on health care and income support for seniors.

— Feb 8, 2022
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Impact of Federal Income Tax Changes on Canadian Families in the Bottom 20 Percent of Earners, 2022

Impact of Federal Income Tax Changes on Canadian Families in the Bottom 20 Percent of Earners, 2022 finds that contrary to rhetoric from Ottawa, 60 per cent of taxpaying families with children in the bottom 20 per cent of income earners paid more federal personal income tax—$233 more on average compared with 2015.

— Jan 20, 2022
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Measuring the Impact of Federal Personal Income Tax Changes on Middle Income Canadian Families since 2015

Measuring the Impact of Federal Personal Income Tax Changes on Middle Income Canadian Families since 2015 finds that contrary to rhetoric from Ottawa, 86 per cent of middle-class families experienced an increase in their federal personal income tax burden of $800 annually (on average) since 2015.