Turks and Caicos and Canada – A match made in heaven?

The Premier of the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos, Rufus Ewing was in Ottawa today (May 26, 2014) and as always happens when the Turks and Caicos comes up, media stories (here, here, here and here) emerged floating the idea about Canada annexing the Caribbean island chain and it becoming the nation's 11th … Continue reading Turks and Caicos and Canada – A match made in heaven?

School Choice in Canada

A papers that I contributed at the Fraser Institute was released today: Measuring Choice and Competition in Canadian Education. A summary can be found below. As the benefits or returns to education become more and more apparent, there is increasing interest in ensuring accessible, high quality education. The increasing body of research available on the … Continue reading School Choice in Canada

Corporate Welfare and Windsor

The 2014 Federal Budget allocated up to $500 million for automotive innovation. Although the federal government states that this budget item is a show of broad support for the automotive sector in Canada, its following the not so subtle hints by Fiat-Chrysler's CEO Sergio Marchionne that continued operation of Canadian assembly plants hinged on government … Continue reading Corporate Welfare and Windsor

Fate of Provinces: A Cursory Application of Whitney’s Work

Having finished Meredith Whitney's Fate of States: The New Geography of American Prosperity (which I reviewed in a previous post) it got me to thinking about whether her analysis applies to Canada. The crux of Whitney's argument is that due to the irresponsible spending of the various states and communities during the housing boom, these jurisdictions now … Continue reading Fate of Provinces: A Cursory Application of Whitney’s Work

Goals: 2014

We are a month into 2014 and I haven't been very accountable to one of my goals for the year, so I am about to change that. 2013 was one of the best of my life, I won an internship with one of Canada's premier "Think Tanks", the Fraser Institute. As a part of the internship, … Continue reading Goals: 2014

The Senate Scandal and Reform

I started the following article back at the height of the Duffy Scandal (June) unfortunately I got busy with other things and now have only had the time to update and finish the piece. It isn't what I wanted it to be but rather then just scrap it I figured I would post it. I … Continue reading The Senate Scandal and Reform

The Financial Crisis & Canada’s Fiscal Cliff — Updated

My original post on Canada's debt situation from December last year, was a somewhat schizophrenic in nature as it touched on both the federal/provincial debt situations AND the personal debt situation in Canada. It wasn't my best writing or posting over on the riskyshift but it did a pretty good job describing the challenges Canada … Continue reading The Financial Crisis & Canada’s Fiscal Cliff — Updated