Time for Nova Scotia to end bracket creep

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston put a stop to a pay hike for MLAs and cut his own salary. Now for Part 2

Time for Nova Scotia to end bracket creepNova Scotia Premier Tim Houston got a big hit for taxpayers by putting a stop to a pay hike for MLAs and cutting his own salary. Now Houston has an opportunity to convert his single into a home run by ending the automatic tax hikes associated with bracket creep. Last month, an independent panel created…

Did the government pressure Lucki and the RCMP to do their bidding?

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Trudeau, it’s that he has a habit of dancing with the devil

Did the government pressure Lucki and the RCMP to do their bidding?The Trudeau government’s most recent scandal, involving RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, raises many questions and has produced few answers. In particular: Did the federal government pressure Lucki to do their bidding during a terrible shooting that rocked our country to its very core? On April 18 and 19, 2020, lone gunman Gabriel Wortman went on…

Nova Scotia taxman should put an end to bracket creep

It is eroding Nova Scotians’ disposable incomes

Nova Scotia taxman should put an end to bracket creepIf your take-home pay was cut by $75 this year, would you notice it? It’s $2.88 per paycheque. You might not notice. But if it goes up every year, it quickly snowballs. Surely you’d notice if your take-home pay was $1,334 smaller … That’s exactly how the government of Nova Scotia has been increasing your…

Europe’s energy crisis set the stage for war in Ukraine

Unfortunately, Canada is in no position to help because of decades of poor energy policy

Europe’s energy crisis set the stage for war in UkraineRussia’s invasion of Ukraine didn’t cause the energy crisis in Europe. Rather, the energy crisis enabled the invasion – and it’s been decades in the making. So what are we going to do about it? Energy policy must be strategic. Unless Western nations address our energy security, we may be destined to see this kind…

Pipelines must be part of the world’s energy transition

Cancelling Keystone XL and Energy East were political blunders

Pipelines must be part of the world’s energy transitionThe United States is divided on issues stretching from racial discrimination to the environment and energy. With global crude oil supplies under pressure and prices about to touch the three-digit mark per barrel, an interesting debate has begun: Has the Biden administration, with its commitment to climate change issues, undermined the health of that country’s…

Atlantic Canada missing out on potential oil and gas boom

Energy sector created more than 20,000 jobs and nearly $7 billion in GDP in 2017 alone

Atlantic Canada missing out on potential oil and gas boomBy Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre Next year will mark 30 years of offshore oil and natural gas production in Atlantic Canada. In that time, Atlantic Canada has been the primary source of human capital for the oil and gas industry in other parts of Canada, while being a significant recipient of…

Why vaccine reluctance continues to make sense

The draconian lockdown policies of the Nova Scotia government have long since crossed into authoritarianism

Why vaccine reluctance continues to make senseIt’s a well-known saying and a generally accepted truth that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. There’s much less consensus, however, about what absolute power looks like. How do we know the difference between legitimate power and when a person or institution has too much and must be resisted? The draconian lockdown policies…

Covid’s cost in liberty lost

Nova Scotia’s authoritarian response to the pandemic

Covid’s cost in liberty lostBorn and raised in Halifax, I currently live in Munich, Germany. I have been monitoring the Nova Scotian response to the pandemic from abroad by reading the news and keeping in touch with family and friends. I write this article to lend some perspective on the pandemic through the lens of a Bluenoser living much…

Atlantic Canada won’t prosper until it kicks the equalization habit

Taxpayers from so-called have provinces can no longer afford to subsidize the Atlantic provinces

Atlantic Canada won’t prosper until it kicks the equalization habitFor many years, there has been debate about equalization and other transfer programs and their impact on Atlantic Canada and other regions. Much of this discussion has been technical and difficult to follow. The debate has also been misleading because it focused on equalization even though equalization is only about a quarter of the net…

Is Canada destined to fall into Greenland’s welfare trap?

If Canada continues to subsidize areas that aren’t economically viable, the standard of living in our country will continue to erode

Is Canada destined to fall into Greenland’s welfare trap?An unusual amount of international attention was given to the Greenland election earlier this month due to plans for a rare-earth mine. This vast country has a population of only 50,000 and is an autonomous territory of the kingdom of Denmark. Denmark transfers US$740 million to a year to help fund Greenland’s government. This huge…
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