Category Archives: Small Government

Pay Equity Laws

CBC: N.B. private sector needs pay equity law: NDP The simple question that no one asks is that if an employer can get away with paying women less for the same job why would anyone hire men at all? John Stossel … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences: Charity Salary Caps

Globe & Mail: Salary caps would cripple Canada’s charities “Bill C-470, a private member’s bill introduced by Albina Guarnieri, would impose a suffocating $250,000 cap on executive salaries at charities. The bill, which has gone through second reading, is nothing short … Continue reading

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Student Loans

Globe & Mail: Ottawa raises cap at eleventh hour to keep student loans flowing “Without the last-minute boost for the cap on total student debt, the federal government estimated, 50,000 students would have been denied about $300-million worth of loans” I … Continue reading

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Ignatieff’s Priorities

CBC: PM’s priorities ‘prisons and planes’: Ignatieff “We think Canadians’ priorities right now are child care, retirement security, post-secondary education. Basic things that are going to guarantee economic security and defence of our public health-care system,” said Ignatieff.” Prisons and … Continue reading

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Ralph Klein: Miss Me Yet?

National Post: Alcohol and gambling top oil and gas revenues in Alberta “Observers believe the province — facing a record $4.8-billion deficit this year — should get accustomed to a reduced royalty take in the coming years from conventional oil and … Continue reading

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Governments Shouldn’t Pick Winers & Losers

Globe & Mail: Atlantic R&D loans remain largely unpaid “About 90 per cent of federal loans given to the first group of Atlantic technology firms under a highly touted assistance program announced a decade ago are unpaid.” Governments should not be … Continue reading

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Bankrupt Health Care System

Globe & Mail: Survey finds most fear boomers will cripple health-care system “Four in every five Canadians believe that the demands placed on the health system by aging Baby Boomers will result in reduced access and lower quality care, a poll … Continue reading

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Ontario $200 Billion Debt

CBC: Ontario debt tops $200B “Ontario’s Liberal government ran a smaller deficit in 2009-2010 than predicted, but its debt is still well over $200 billion. … The province’s finance ministry said the numbers are mainly due to spending cuts and better-than-expected … Continue reading

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Nanny Health Inspectors

Globe & Mail: Food regulations put small vendors in a pickle “Anyone selling low-risk, home-prepared items, including baked goods, dried fruit, fresh produce, fudge or honey in a public place has to fill out a form listing the ingredients, the preparation … Continue reading

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Telecom Oligopoly (Bell, Telus & Rogers)

FP: Carriers must play catch-up: Clement “One way forward — abolish foreign ownership restrictions in the $41-billion sector and allow international firms and capital in, a prospect the minister is weighing and Parliament may be asked to write into law this … Continue reading

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