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— Oct 12, 2017
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Business Investment in Canada Falls Far Behind Other Industrialized Countries

Business Investment in Canada Falls Far Behind Other Industrialized Countries finds that Canada trails other developed countries when it comes to levels of business investment, which is critical to grow the economy and increase living standards. In fact, Canada is 16th out of 17 developed countries when it comes to business investment as a share of GDP, and 15th of 17 for business investment per worker.

— Oct 11, 2017
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Uninsured Mortgage Regulation: From Corporate Governance to Prescription

Uninsured Mortgage Regulation: From Corporate Governance to Prescription finds that requiring a stress test for Canadians who provide at least a 20 per cent down payment to purchase a home—a change proposed by the country’s financial regulator—is an unnecessary step that could negatively affect homebuyers across Canada and do more harm than good.

— Aug 29, 2017
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Measuring the Impact of the 2017 Election on Uncertainty in British Columbia

Measuring the Impact of the 2017 Election on Uncertainty in British Columbia finds that the tenuous nature of the recent provincial election in British Columbia has increased political and policy uncertainty to the highest levels since 2009, which could drive away business investment and slow the economy.

— Aug 17, 2017
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Interest Rates and Mortgage Borrowing Power in Canada

Interest Rates and Mortgage Borrowing Power in Canada finds that the ability of Canadians to borrow for a home has increased 126 per cent over the past two decades because of declining interest rates and rising incomes, likely driving up prices.

— Mar 21, 2017
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Custom Election Codes for First Nations

Custom Election Codes for First Nations: A Double-Edged Sword finds that nearly 60 per cent of Canada’s First Nations have adopted custom election systems for band chiefs and councils, instead of using Indian Act rules. And while custom-made election systems for individual First Nation bands may produce more accountable and transparent government, they may also lead to abuse of power and discrimination.

— Oct 20, 2016
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Counting Votes: Essays on Electoral Reform is a new book that finds first-past-the-post is the best electoral system to keep governments accountable, coalition governments (and spending) increase under Proportional Representation, and the Alternative Vote—also known as ranked ballots—would weaken the competitiveness of elections. It also highlights the constitutional requirement—given previous conventions—of a referendum to make any significant change to the way Canadians elect their governments.

— Aug 30, 2016
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First-Past-the-Post: Empowered Voters, Accountable Government

First-Past-the-Post: Empowered Voters, Accountable Government, the third in a series of essays on electoral reform, spotlights several voting systems, including first-past-the-post (FPTP), preferential voting, and proportional representation systems like mixed-member proportional and single transferrable vote. It finds the benefits of first-past-the-post —simplicity, transparency and accountability —make it not only the best way of electing governments, but also the easiest way to defeat them by voting them out.

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