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POLICY PAPERS

 

A Valuation and Analysis of Atlantic Canadian Liquor Monopolies

A Valuation and Analysis of Atlantic Canadian Liquor Monopolies by Ian Madsen and Alex Whalen details the myriad problems with monopolies, places a value on our liquor corporations, and explores options for the future. “The study reveals that Atlantic Canadians ...
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From Tax to Security: an Alternative to Employment Insurance

From tax to security:  an alternative to Employment Insurance – by Justin Hatherly proposes an alternative to the current employment insurance system that would discourage dependence on seasonal work, promote productivity and labour mobility, and end a practice that has damaged ...
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What’s Still Missing From Your Wallet?

What’s Still Missing from Your Wallet by Marco Navarro- Génie is an analysis that returns to a previous study done in 2009, in which the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies examined the adverse effects of gasoline price regulation in Atlantic ...
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Revisiting the Minimum Wage in Atlantic Canada

Legislating further increases to the minimum wage would likely worsen youth unemployment in Atlantic Canada. Evidence shows that minimum wages price low-skilled persons out of work and reduce the opportunity for training and experience among young people. Given these effects, ...
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The Value of Tax Exemptions on First Nations Reserves

All Canadian provinces face mounting health expenditures, owing in part to the cost of tobacco smoking. Yet, tobacco sold on First Nations reserves is not subject to taxes, unlike off-reserve purchases. Even though exemptions are not enshrined in the constitution ...
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The Benefits of Trade

The Benefits of Trade examines the economic argument for free trade, with an emphasis on the importance of trade for Canadian provinces. The author discusses international, interprovincial, and local trading relationships, explaining the benefits of free exchange for all three ...
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Household Savings in Atlantic Canada, 1981-2015

Household Savings in Atlantic Canada, 1981-2015 discusses a low rate of household savings by Maritimers. While New Brunswick has an improved savings rate from the previous decade (following a modest upturn throughout Canada), Prince Edward Island’s household savings have remained ...
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COMMENTARIES

 

The Genius of Loblaw’s $25 gift card campaign

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Loblaw’s’ gift of $25 to all Canadians has received mixed reviews. As of January 8, anyone can go online and register for a $25 gift card, to be redeemed at any Loblaw-owned stores. Last ...
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Devil’s Advocate

By JOHN RISLEY (AIMS Chairman of the Board) Atlantic Business Magazine, 13 January 2018 On November 24, Atlantic Canada submitted an application to the federal government for funding under the Super Cluster program. If we are successful (we might know ...
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Taxing Meat

By Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) The idea of having to pay a sin tax for environmentally detrimental foods seems to be gaining more support. For some, eating meat is considered a sin, and therefore meat products should be taxed, ...
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Blockchain, Agrifood’s New Uber?

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) There has been a lot of noise on cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin of late. While some suggest cryptocurrencies are a fraud, others believe them to be the next economic revolution the world has seen since ...
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Repair regional relations in Canada before it’s too late

By ROBERT ROACH (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, 17 December 2017 Canada is a big and diverse place. People, power, economic opportunities, public policy priorities, language and cultural nuances are not evenly spread from sea to sea to sea. It’s ...
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The Silent Crisis

By David Zitner (AIMS Senior Fellow) and Dominic Covvey (AIMS Author) Airplane crashes are broadcast widely and become infamous. Consequently, industry was compelled to make substantial improvements to airplanes, their instrumentation, the training of pilots and air traffic control. Without awareness, ...
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Democracy Cookbook: The House of Assembly needs a legislative budget officer

Originally published in the Telegram By Jeffrey Collins Newfoundland and Labrador’s finances exist in a fog. Our 40 members of the House of Assembly are constitutionally required to deliberate and vote on billions of dollars’ worth of spending contained in ...
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