Its best response to the crisis would be to ensure responsible public finances and a competitive tax environment The Trudeau government has a full agenda on its plate for 2016 given the global political and economic envronment, as well as its own list of election promises. Yet, the fundamental issue that Ottawa must deal with
Governments often fail to account for the behavioural effects spurred by its personal income tax rate hikes The Alberta government recently abandoned the province’s single 10 per cent tax rate on personal income in favour of a five-bracket system with a top rate of 15 per cent – a move that will reduce Alberta’s competitiveness
By Gwyn Morgan BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan’s recent skills-training agreement must be emulated coast to coast Increasing the supply of skilled tradespersons has rapidly become the country’s most critical educational need, yet barriers to training remain virtually unchanged. Applicants often face long waiting lists because funding hasn’t grown in concert with that need, while huge
As governments here in Canada wrestle with the challenge of providing high-quality transportation infrastructure, they should increasingly consider public-private partnerships (P3s). The record shows P3s are more likely to be built on time and on budget and they offer greater value for money than conventional infrastructure projects.
Simply failing to pay fines for overdue library books or parking violations can escalate far beyond the original penalties and interest they accrue. Many local governments trying to balance their budgets are increasingly aggressive at collecting such fees – sometimes even turning them over to collection agencies.