Category Archive: Canadian

Oct 15 2015

On Election 2015

On Monday, 19 October, Canadians return to the polls to elect new members to our national Parliament, much as we have done for nearly 150 years, and as our forefathers in Britain have done for centuries. One could say that this election isn’t about big ideas, or big change.  And they would be right.   …

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Jun 29 2015

On CO2 Pricing in Canada

In the past week, there have been two news items in Canada on the pricing of CO2.  The first came from Alberta’s new NDP government.  Rachel Notley‘s government announced that large emitters in Alberta will need to reduce their CO2 intensity by 20% by 2017.  Any emissions above that level will be charged a tax …

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May 02 2015

The NDP will destroy Alberta’s economy

All the recent polls in the Alberta election seem to indicate that the NDP (i.e. socialists) under Rachel Notley will form the next government of our fine province.  Ms. Notley has vowed to fix the regulatory environment for the oilsands, to withdraw funding from “independent” schools, to spend more on infrastructure, roll back cuts to …

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Feb 23 2015

Canada’s Debt and Government Growth Problem

Today on Zero Hedge, there was a post about how government debts are over 100% of GDP in many countries, and there are even six nations with debt/GDP ratios greater than 300%.   Canada was mid-pack at 221%, just ahead of China (if you called having more debt being ahead). What caught my attention was …

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Feb 22 2015

Nenshi is wrong on cutting costs

This week, two incidents made me once again question the financial and economic acumen of Calgary’s mayor, Naheed Nenshi.  The first was a brief exchanger he and I had on Twitter after someone else had challenged him about spending at City Hall.  I questioned whether, considering that many Calgarians in the private sector were either …

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Nov 01 2014

On Teacher Retirement Behaviour

At my daughter’s high school this semester, two of her four teachers have chosen to retire in the middle of the term, forcing the students to be handed to another teacher.   The fact one of her other teachers is very pregnant means that by January she will have had seven teachers for four courses. …

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Nov 01 2014

On Cost Consciousness in Health Care

This week, my family had the misfortune to have to deal with Canada’s health care system.  It was a very mixed experience.  It began on Sunday evening, when my lovely wife tipped the pasta pot and poured boiling water over her hand and forearm.  She was scalded quite severely, and although we quickly got it …

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Jun 02 2014

On the EPA CO2 Reduction Target

Today, the EPA and President Obama unveiled a plan to reduce major power plant CO2 emissions by 30% in 16 years (by 2030).  This will basically kill the coal-fired power industry, and subsequently the coal mining industry in America. There is much discussion on the net about how foolish this is, such as:  The reduction …

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Oct 29 2013

The real goal of Obamacare

In recent days, I have come to a conclusion about the Affordable Care Act (2010), passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Obama.   Mark Steyn wrote over the weekend: A few years back, I too was retailing horror stories from Canadian (and British) health care — wait times, C difficile, …

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Jun 12 2013

“Independent Boards” for Government Services

Today, Alberta’s Health Minister, Fred Horne, fired the board of directors of Alberta Health Services.  He did so because the board, claiming independence in the day-to-day management of Alberta’s publicly funded health care system, decided to go ahead and pay bonuses to 99 senior executives.  Their argument is that these 99 executives were entitled to …

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