Editorials

This is as close as Canadian politics gets to reality TV, with self-interested actors embroiled in conflict against a common enemy.
This is as close as Canadian politics gets to reality TV, with self-interested actors embroiled in conflict against a common enemy.

Pipeline drama provides great politics, dubious policy

By Lee Harding Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy
June 15, 2018 - 9:35am

Canada’s latest political drama has come from the state of jeopardy of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The federal government has announced it will take over the project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion.

Ottawa seems to want to send a clear message to Washington, while offering Canada’s food industry an opportunity to grow.
Ottawa seems to want to send a clear message to Washington, while offering Canada’s food industry an opportunity to grow.

In this trade war, mustard and ketchup are weapons

By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
June 11, 2018 - 3:58pm

We are now officially at war with the United States – in a trade war, that is.

In response to U.S.-imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, Canada intends to do the same on other goods. So like any trade war, it could escalate.

A recognition that incentives matter would require a wholesale reversal of many, if not most, of the economic policies enacted by the Trudeau government.
A recognition that incentives matter would require a wholesale reversal of many, if not most, of the economic policies enacted by the Trudeau government.

Economic incentives pay dividends

By Jason Clemens Elmira Aliakbari Ashley Stedman | The Fraser Institute
June 11, 2018 - 3:51pm

There have been many assessments, mostly critical, of the federal government’s decision to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline. And yet, a key aspect of the decision – this government’s dismissive view of the importance of incentives – has been almost entirely ignored.

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