1 cent Solution to a Billion Dollar Problem (Part III)

As a former colony and dominion of the British empire, Canada has inherited a number of practices and traditions that developed and evolved in Great Britain.  Canada’s parliament—based on the Westminster system—is but one example. A less well-known but not unimportant “hang-over” from Canada’s colonial days is the heavy reliance of our local governments on

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Ontario coming to the table: Creating a Canadian energy strategy

Off the cuff and intemperate comments by political leaders seldom advance the greater public good. However, last week’s media firefight between Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Alberta Premier Alison Redford may turn out to be a very positive step forward in the quest for a Canadian energy strategy. Admittedly, participants in this pursuit, including me,

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1 cent Solution to a Billion Dollar Problem (Part II)

If the size of the municipal infrastructure funding challenge is the daunting bad news, then the encouraging good news is that the tax burden in Canada has eased significantly over the past 20 years. Personal and corporate income taxes have fallen since the mid-1990s, and so have sales taxes like the federal GST.  All of

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The Russian Doll: Understanding the opposition to a new pipeline to the West Coast

At first blush, the challenge created by a pipeline that would ship oil from Alberta to the BC coast seems quite simple: figure out how to address the environmental impact so we can unlock the economic benefits that the pipeline will bring. If only it were this simple. Opposition to a new pipeline from Alberta

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1 cent Solution to a Billion Dollar Problem (Part I)

In April 2011, the Canada West Foundation published and released The Penny Tax: A Timely Tax Innovation to Boost our Civic Investments. This report, which drew considerable attention across Canada, proposed a fresh, creative, and innovative tax reform to help cities with their huge infrastructure funding challenges, and continues to be widely discussed and debated.  I

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Was withdrawing from Kyoto the right thing to do?

Just prior to Environment Minister Peter Kent’s announcement in December 2011 that Canada had decided to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, the Canada West Foundation and the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT) wrapped up a series of meetings in western Canada on developing a low-carbon growth strategy for the country.

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