Building a Better Road

Rural towns in the West are sleepy little affairs, and the small southern Alberta town in which I grew up is no different. There were, however, two occasions when the local hum-drum was broken, and believe it or not, both brouhahas involved infrastructure. The first was whether a new sportsplex arena should be built to

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Canada needs policy conditions that support innovation and change

Electricity is fundamental to maintaining prosperity and meeting the needs of Canadians. From hospitals that Canadians depend on for health services, to home appliances, to personal electronics and communications—reliable electricity that is available on demand has never been more critical. The renewal of Canada’s electricity infrastructure There is currently no greater challenge to the electricity

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Another Reason Why We Should Care About Water

Pipelines, robocalls and economic angst seem to be dominating headlines these days. Yet, there’s an important topic that’s missing from the limelight—water. Everyone knows that water is essential to our survival and our way of life. What would our national sport be without the ice? But how often do we make the connection between healthy

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Sustainable Infrastructure Investment Critical to the Economy

There is little doubt about the need for safe, reliable, and efficient core infrastructure, both for the safety of Canadians and the competitiveness of the Canadian economy. The Canadian Construction Association, which represents the non-residential construction industry, has worked diligently to ensure that infrastructure remains a key policy consideration for the federal government.  We believe

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Maintaining momentum for a Canadian energy strategy

At a late February meeting in Halifax, the Winnipeg Consensus Group (WCG) pulled together over 60 participants from think tanks, ENGOs, industry and government to discuss how to maintain momentum for a Canadian energy strategy. Many of the participants had been present at previous WCG meetings in Winnipeg (2011) and Banff (2010), and thus the

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

Solutions to policy problems seldom enjoy unanimous, much less unqualified, support. The “Penny Tax” is no exception. In this final segment, I respond to the critics. Criticism: The infrastructure deficit is fictitious.  It compares what “is” spent (observable) with what “ought” to be spent (unobservable). Many infrastructure “needs” are really “wants,” “whims,” or “dreams.” The Canada West Foundation

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