Patient focused health care requires new funding model

Canadian health care delivery system is an unsustainable, failed system

Patient focused health care requires new funding modelOver the last 25 years, I have been involved in Manitoba’s health care delivery. I have served as Chair of the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors, thus observing the roles of its medical school, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Manitoba Department of Health. Furthermore, I have served as Chair of the…

Leaders’ Debates Commission is a waste of public money

Why are we paying for something the private sector was more than happy to pay for in the past?

Leaders’ Debates Commission is a waste of public moneySay your backyard needs a new fence and your neighbour offers to pay for it. Chances are you would take that deal. That’s what we’ve done historically with federal leaders’ debates. Large media organizations would cover the costs and haggle with the parties about how the debates should be organized. Since 2018 though, the federal government…

To fight inflation, bank rate hike must happen in March

It’s time to tackle the inflation that is undermining our living standards

To fight inflation, bank rate hike must happen in MarchBy Miguel Ouellette and Olivier Rancourt Montreal Economic Institute Despite the recommendations of many economists to raise the target for the overnight rate, the Bank of Canada has decided to maintain the status quo – at least for now. Like these experts, we believe that the central bank must begin gradually raising rates at its…

Pandemic pay hikes for government employees a tale of two Ontarios

A slap in the face to hardworking taxpayers across the province

Pandemic pay hikes for government employees a tale of two OntariosOntario has been experiencing a tale of two pandemics. One is a fairy tale for bureaucrats, and the other is a grim story for the rest of us. Bureaucrats working for the province and its major cities have been getting raises, while average Ontarians saw hour reductions, pay cuts, lost jobs, and shuttered small businesses.…

Government employees made out well during the pandemic

528,347 federal and provincial government employees received at least one pay raise during the pandemic

Government employees made out well during the pandemicThese days it seems there are three certainties in life: death, taxes and bigger government paycheques. Even a pandemic that sent thousands of workers to the ranks of the unemployed couldn’t stop the iron law of government wage increases. The pandemic revealed the divide between those behind the golden government gates that shield them from…

The feds need to end their lockdown subsidies

Since COVID-19 touched down, Ottawa has dished out $511 billion!

The feds need to end their lockdown subsidiesWhen governments subsidize something, you can expect more of it. With the federal government covering the cost of keeping workers and businesses afloat during provincial lockdowns, it’s no surprise that provincial politicians are biased toward new restrictions. Since COVID-19 touched down, Ottawa has dished out $511 billion through direct subsidies, tax deferrals and low-interest loans.…

Responding to the pandemic doesn’t have to mean a mountain of debt

The contrast between how New Brunswick and Ontario handled the pandemic is stark

Responding to the pandemic doesn’t have to mean a mountain of debtAs Ontario Premier Doug Ford continues to drive the province speeding toward the edge of a gigantic debt cliff, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is showing taxpayers that governments can tap the brakes on spending while still dealing with a pandemic. The contrast between the two premiers is stark. As Ford adds tens of billions…

Trudeau needs to make government debt a priority

The Parliamentary Budget Officer’s data projects the feds running deficits until 2070

Trudeau needs to make government debt a prioritySometimes it’s what people don’t say that reveals the most. And the federal government’s failure to mention the deficit or debt in the Throne Speech is all too revealing for taxpayers worried about the erosion of Canada’s national finances. For a government that is nearly doubling its entire pre-pandemic debt in six years, deficits should…

Ontario squandered nearly $1 billion on COVID-19 payouts to business

The government’s lack of due diligence another blow to Ford's credibility

Ontario squandered nearly $1 billion on COVID-19 payouts to businessTaxpayers have good reason to be frustrated with Premier Doug Ford’s handling of Ontario’s finances. The auditor general’s recent report shows just how cavalier the Ontario government has been in writing cheques from the taxpayer chequebook. The government of Ontario’s emergency pandemic response put thousands of businesses on the brink of bankruptcy, and thousands of…

How Ontario squandered a debt-free future

How did the province stray so far off course?

How Ontario squandered a debt-free futureThe numbers are a bit shocking: if successive Ontario governments had been just a little prudent with money, the province’s massive debt would be exactly zero. Instead, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy announced a few weeks ago that Ontario’s government debt now exceeds $400 billion. Rather than being the envy of other provinces, Ontario today is…