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The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Western Canada

The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Western Canada authored by Rodney A. Clifton, Jackson Doughart, and Marco Navarro-Génie, examines the provincial and municipal public sectors in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. For 2015, the authors draw ...
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13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey

The 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey: 2017 is published in collaboration with the Demographia group in Illinois, USA and the Frontier Centre for Public Policy in Winnipeg. Authors Wendell Cox and Hugh Pavletich explain that many "best city" ...
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Measuring Austerity in Atlantic Canada

Recurrent political debates about public finance often include exaggerated accusations of “austerity” when a government decides to reduce spending. Though the language of “imposing austerity” has found its greatest use in Europe, it is also found in North America and ...
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The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Atlantic Canada, 2015

Public sector employment is a major cost for provincial governments in Atlantic Canada. The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Atlantic Canada, 2015 examines provincial public sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New ...
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Private Sector Investment in Atlantic Canada

By DAVID MURRELL and JACKSON DOUGHART • 07 Nov 2016 Private Sector Investment in Atlantic Canada examines several forms of capital investment, including machinery and equipment outlay, business non-residential structures and government capital spending. Capital investment is a leading indicator ...
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective First Nations

A Report by Tom Flanagan and Lee Harding Seven Habits of Highly Effective First Nations examines 21 First Nations in Canada who scored highly on the 2011 Community Well-being Index (CWB), which is computed by researchers at the Department of Indian ...
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e-Government in the Atlantic Provinces

Review and Future Trends A report by Jan Pavel In e-Government in the Atlantic Provinces: Review and Future Trends Jan Pavel assesses the delivery of 31 e-government services.  Overall, Nova Scotia ranked first, followed by New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, ...
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COMMENTARIES

 

Growing Forward, or Growing Pains?

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) “For the most part, the Canadian agri-food sector cheered the 2017 Federal budget. With a few dollars short, innovation and infrastructure were properly addressed in this budget. But the budget’s total license on policy reform ...
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Brazil and the Mother of all Food Fraud Cases

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow)  “Brazil is a mess, and this latest food fraud scandal involving major companies and public authorities will only make matters worse.” After Europe’s horsemeat scandal, Brazil, the largest exporter of meat products in the world, ...
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Losing healthcare privilege

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, March 19, 2017 LocalXpress, March 22, 2017 Battlefords News-Optimist, March 24, 2017 Canadian seniors are a privileged group. The Conference Board of Canada reports that life expectancy today is 10 years longer than ...
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Canada’s Urban Areas: descent from affordability

By WENDELL COX (Principal of Demographia) Canada is a nation of wide open spaces, yet it has high urban area densities recently driven higher by a redefinition of urban area criteria (Note 1). Canada's largest urban area (population centre) is Toronto, ...
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Creditors will be chief audience for N.L. budget

By ED HOLLETT (AIMS Senior Fellow) The Telegram, March 13, 2017 Troy Media, March 13, 2017 Battlefords News-Optimist, March 18, 2017 In setting its budget for 2017, Newfoundland and Labrador needs to correct a public finance crisis, ushered in by years of high ...
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A bank called Costco

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, March 9, 2017 Summary: Costco now has 10% of the food retailing market in Canada, and is going to charge you more to have access to its products, as of June. Given its ...
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Only a growth agenda will make Island prosper

By JACKSON DOUGHART (AIMS Research Coordinator) The Journal-Pioneer, March 2, 2017 The Charlottetown Guardian, March 7, 2017 Summary: More outside capital and greater productivity are the keys to greater prosperity on Prince Edward Island. With the greatest dependence in Canada upon federal ...
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