The Labour government of Tony Blair took a more progressive approach to tuition.
Government support for national airplane producers can come at a great cost.
In remote areas in Canada, the cost of providing Internet service that meets the CTRC’s basic service objectives exceeds the price customers pay.
Les gouvernements canadiens versent des milliards de dollars en subventions, notamment aux entreprises
In the land of government plentythat vast landscape populated with the tax dollars of Canadiansthere is no shortage of politicians willing to hand out and defend subsidies to business and no dearth of corporations willing to take the cash.
Souris Mayor Dave MacDonald recently told the Premier's Council on EI that recent changes to the federal EI program are killing his town.
Unfortunately, Mr. MacDonald did not note that Islanders receive three times as much as they contribute to the EI program. This was a subsidy in 2010 of about $150 million from citizens living elsewhere to people living on PEI.
Over fifty years, observers have become inured to troubling reports of Atlantic Canada's economic difficulties.
Even the most jaundiced observer would recognize, however, that data for the last two years describes something different. The regional economy is not experiencing continued slow decline: it is starting to implode.
For many years, Ontario has been the quiet enabler for the vast system of subsidies the federal government provides to Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Manitoba. With rare exceptions, it has stood by as equalization grew and as the federal government incorporated subsidies to regions in more and more of its regular programming.
In recent years, evidence has been accumulating that the regional subsidy system is much bigger than it appears on the surface, unsustainable for both Alberta and Ontario and entirely counterproductive because it discourages growth in all recipient provinces.