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Niels Veldhuis

President, Fraser Institute

Niels Veldhuis is President of the Fraser Institute, Canada’s top ranked think-tank and among the top 20 globally, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tanks Report. Niels has written six books and more than 50 peer-reviewed studies on a wide range of economic topics. 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. Niels is in high demand for his opinions and perspectives on major economic and social issues, appearing regularly on radio and television programs across Canada and in the United States. He has written more than 200 articles that have appeared in over 50 newspapers including the Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal, National Post, and the Economist. Niels is best known for his ability to explain matters of government policy in a down-to-earth manner, making them easily understandable. He travels widely across North America, speaking to business groups, corporate gatherings, voluntary organizations, and students. In 2011, Niels led a discussion between former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the Surrey Economic Forum. Niels holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with joint majors in business and economics, and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University. In 2010 he was named one of Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 by Business in Vancouver.

Recent Research by Niels Veldhuis

— Sep 19, 2018
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Impact of Provincial Tax Changes on British Columbian Families

Impact of Provincial Tax Changes on British Columbian Families finds that the average family in British Columbia—with a 2018 household income of $114,809—will pay $969 more a year in taxes due to the B.C. government’s recent tax changes. Crucially, that figure does not include several residential property tax increases, such as the increased property transfer taxes, the foreign buyers tax, the speculation tax and the school tax.

— Apr 10, 2018
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Understanding the significance of the Kinder Morgan decision to suspend the Trans Mountain pipeline

The decision by Kinder Morgan to suspend all non-essential spending on its Trans Mountain pipeline despite regulatory approval is yet another sign of the significant problems in Canada’s energy sector and indeed our broader economy. Fraser Institute analysts have weighed in on a host of different aspects of this decision and its implications for Canada’s investment and business climate. For more information see the links below.

— Feb 2, 2018
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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.