Fraser Forum - May/June 2011: Measuring Congressional views of Canada

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In this issue:

Canada should follow Wisconsin’s lead and roll back the public sector wage premium
by Niels Veldhuis and Milagros Palacios
To overcome fiscal challenges, Canadian politicians should follow the lead of the Wisconsin governor and eliminate public sector wage premiums.

Memo to the United States: Canada is your best energy friend
by Mark Milke
Anti-Canadian oil advocates try to persuade the American public and policy makers that the United States can do without Canadian oil, but the truth is that Canadian oil is in the US national interest.

Properly designed, merit pay for teachers will pay off for students
by Peter Cowley and Niels Veldhuis
Merit pay systems deserve careful consideration as one way to increase learning in classrooms.

Measuring congressional views of Canada
by Alexander Moens and Nachum Gabler
Read the favourable and/or unfavourable views that US senators and congressmen have about Canada.

Quarterly research alert
Our researchers summarize the findings of recent studies on important topics including taxation, government performance, and poverty.

Minimum wages don’t help the poor
by Niels Veldhuis and Amela Karabegović
Higher minimum wages decrease employment opportunities, benefits, and on-the-job training, which actually increases poverty.

Ontario’s budget lacks a credible plan
by Niels Veldhuis, Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios
Ontario’s budget failed to provide what Ontarians really needed: a new fiscal direction.

Spending challenges leave BC’s new premier with less budget flexibility than promised
by Niels Veldhuis, Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios
The $2.55 billion in “flexibility” funding included in BC’s 2011 budget should not be used for new spending.

Canada’s health spending crisis
by Mark Rovere
Provincial health expenditures are growing at unsustainable rates.

Old and outdated medical equipment
by Nadeem Esmail
The quality of Canada’s medical technology often fails to meet prescribed standards and the health care system should be doing much more to replace old and outdated medical equipment.

Canada’s nuclear liability
by Joel Wood
The liability cap outlined in Canada’s Nuclear Liability Act should be replaced with unlimited liability.


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