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Fraser Institute ranked top think-tank in Canada; 14th best think-tank in the world

The Fraser Institute has again been ranked as the top think-tank in Canada and is now in the top 15 among all think-tanks worldwide, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index released this week. The annual report ranks the Fraser Institute first among 100 think-tanks in Canada and this year, ranked the Institute 14th best think tank out of more than 8,200 around the world.

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Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Atlantic Canada

Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Atlantic Canada finds that public-sector employees in the four Atlantic provinces—including municipal, provincial and federal government workers—received 11.9 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector in 2018, and also enjoyed more generous pensions, earlier retirement, more time off for personal leave and greater job security.

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Refining Alberta’s Equalization Gambit

Refining Alberta’s Equalization Gambit argues that, despite popular misconceptions (particularly in Central Canada), Alberta can compel other provinces and the federal government to negotiate aspects of the Constitution including equalization. The essay cites past Supreme Court judgments and germane sections of the Constitution Act, 1982.

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Should Upper-Income Canadians Pay More Income Tax?

Should Upper-Income Canadians Pay More Income Tax? finds that in 2017, the latest year of comparable data, the top 10 per cent of income-earners earned 34.2 per cent of Canada’s total income—yet paid 54.6 per cent of the country’s total income taxes.

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Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Private Insurance

Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Private Insurance finds that among 17 high-income countries with universal health care—including Australia, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands—all of them use private health insurance in some capacity to pay for medically necessary health-care costs, except Canada. Crucially, among those countries with comparable data, Canada has the longest wait times for medical necessary treatment.

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The Growing Debt Burden for Canadians

The Growing Debt Burden for Canadians finds that, since 2007/08, the year before the last recession, combined federal and provincial debt has grown from $837.0 billion to a projected $1.5 trillion in 2019/20. The study also breakdowns provincial debt burdens based on several different measures.

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Fiscal Policy and Recessions: The Role of Public Infrastructure Spending

Fiscal Policy and Recessions: The Role of Public Infrastructure Spending finds that infrastructure spending is not an effective policy for stimulating the economy during a recession because major infrastructure projects have very long timelines, and the recession will be over by the time shovels hit the ground. There is also evidence from the United States and Canada that increased federal spending on infrastructure merely replaces spending from lower levels of government, meaning the level of overall government spending remains the same.