Harmonizing Canadian law with UNDRIP can’t be forced

Would require that Indigenous peoples receive free, prior and informed consent for anything that affects their lands or rights

Harmonizing Canadian law with UNDRIP can’t be forcedCanada’s Senate or an election are the only things that could amend or end a badly-worded and contentious bill that seeks to harmonize federal laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Bill C-15 has received third reading in the House of Commons and now goes to the Senate for…

The danger of ignoring the costs of Canadian climate policy

Consumers, taxpayers, shareholders of Canadian firms and workers will all pay the price for Canada’s cost-insensitive climate policy

The danger of ignoring the costs of Canadian climate policyBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. Your home’s natural gas furnace is on the fritz. You need heat, so you must replace it. There are several options: electric baseboards, electric radiant flooring, a heat pump, or direct gas-fired space heaters. It may also be feasible to use your existing wood fireplace…

Can First Nations truly be autonomous in all things?

Ensuring access to safe drinking water isn’t simple. It may require guidance and even intervention by the federal government

Can First Nations truly be autonomous in all things?Self-determination for Indigenous communities can prevent meeting certain standards or goals, especially if the federal government takes a hands-off approach. This can be the problem when it comes to ensuring all First Nations have access to safe drinking water, which isn’t a simple matter. It has never been only about providing the necessary funds (whatever…

Trudeau trampling freedom of expression

So culture lobby can rake in more dough

Trudeau trampling freedom of expressionThe Trudeau government is throwing freedom of expression under the bus so the entertainment and culture lobby can pocket more dough. The proposed law, Bill C-10, opens the door for unelected bureaucrats to put online content under their microscope. These ramifications led Peter Menzies, former vice-chair of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications, to refer to the…

How to cool Canada’s overheated housing market

To incentivize affordable housing, officials need to slash taxes and red tape

How to cool Canada’s overheated housing marketAs economists Jake Fuss and Tegan Hill have warned, the macro effects of government stimuli to address COVID-19 lockdowns are starting to emerge. In Canada, they have taken the form of an overheating housing market. With mortgage rates plunging to historic lows, the demand for residential real estate is driving prices through the roof. As…

Taxing the rich is the Trojan horse of politics

It’s not just the wealthy who will feel the pain

Taxing the rich is the Trojan horse of politicsAs the federal government’s debt soars by $424 million per day, Canadians need to be on guard for the Trojan horse of politics: higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses. These taxes won’t balance the budget. But they will make it easier for politicians to get their tax hikes through the city gates. And once…

Don’t turn news conferences into Hollywood productions

The camera doesn’t doesn’t lie. The stuffed characters behind the head of government in COVID news conferences are always on

Don’t turn news conferences into Hollywood productionsWho are those people standing behind the newsmaker at press conferences? I see them in the hallways of legislatures when the party leader is making an announcement. I see them in a studio behind the head of government during a COVID-19 news conference. “Oh,” you say, “they’re showing that governing is a team effort and…

Is Wilson-Raybould poised to lead Canada’s Indigenous?

The implications for Canadian politics are profound

Is Wilson-Raybould poised to lead Canada’s Indigenous?In the year before the pandemic, Jody Wilson-Raybould was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s worst headache. In a speech she gave on Wednesday, the former justice minister and attorney general showed why she could become the PM’s worst nightmare. “This practice, this hypocrisy, the affirmation of Charter rights … but denial of Indigenous rights is, in…

Think Canada’s gun registry is dead? Think again

We have reason to doubt Trudeau's word

Think Canada’s gun registry is dead? Think againPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he would never reinstate the gun registry, nor would any Canadian government disarm the people. His legislative track record says otherwise. On Sept. 22, 2010, Trudeau – then just a backbencher MP in opposition – voted against a private member’s bill to remove rifles from the federal gun registry.…

Consumers will pay for fed’s crusade against tech companies

Stop punishing consumers for the choices they make because simply they fail to conform to yours

Consumers will pay for fed’s crusade against tech companiesFor the past several months, the Trudeau government has been on a crusade against the so-called GAFA companies (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon). Different government departments have stated that these tech giants are not paying their “fair share” in Canadian taxes and use news content without compensation. They are looking to the European GAFA tax…
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