Provincial Prosperity

— Apr 14, 2018
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Report Card on Alberta’s Elementary Schools 2018

The Report Card on Alberta’s Elementary Schools 2018 ranks 819 public, separate, francophone, independent and charter schools based on seven academic indicators derived from provincewide test results. The report card provides parents with information they can’t easily get anywhere else: In addition to five years of academic results, the report card shows which schools are improving or falling behind.

— Apr 12, 2018
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Understanding the Changes in Ontario's Electricity Markets and Their Effects

Understanding Changes in Ontario’s Electricity Markets and Their Effects finds that poor energy policy choices—including Ontario’s Green Energy Act—has increased electricity prices for residents, cost tens of thousands of manufacturing workers their jobs and produced only minimal health and environmental benefits.

— Apr 5, 2018
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The Decline and Fall of ICBC

The Decline and Fall of ICBC finds that misguided government decisions that stalled revenues and failed to contain runaway costs are largely to blame for the financial crisis facing the Insurance Company of British Columbia, which is facing a $1.3 billion loss this year.

— Mar 27, 2018
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Why Is Alberta’s Deficit Still So Big?

Why Is Alberta’s Deficit Still So Big? finds that the province’s $8.8 billion deficit this year is not primarily due to low oil prices, but is largely a product of the Notley government’s spending decisions. In fact, if the current government had adhered to the spending plan it inherited from its predecessor laid out in the 2015 budget, the deficit today would be approximately $3 billion—less than half of the deficit actually posted in the recent provincial budget.

— Mar 22, 2018
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Subsidized Daycare—What British Columbia Can Learn from Quebec’s 20-Year Experiment

Subsidized Daycare—What British Columbia Can Learn from Quebec’s 20-Year Experiment finds that policymakers in B.C. should learn from Quebec’s government-subsidized daycare program, which has proven costly for taxpayers, has not paid for itself and has experienced mixed child development outcomes.

— Mar 15, 2018
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Ontario’s Lost Decade: 2007–2016

Ontario’s Lost Decade: 2007-2016 finds that, despite upbeat government rhetoric, Ontario’s economic growth in 2017 was not enough to repair the damage done during the preceding decade when the province’s economic performance was among the worst in Canada. In fact, from 2007 to 2016 Ontario was at or near the bottom on several important economic indicators compared to Canada’s other provinces, including per capita GDP growth, debt accumulation and annual private-sector job growth.