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, like alcohol and tobacco. A new report published recently by a group called Farm Animal [...]
December 8th, 2017: AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie discusses his reaction to the government's plan for the sale of recreational cannabis and why private sector sales would be more beneficial to the province.
All four provinces in Atlantic Canada will sell marijuana through government-owned liquor corporations. More government is not the solution. Atlantic Canada needs more entrepreneurs, especially in rural areas. We already have private growers creating more jobs, and taking a piece of the growing market for legal marijuana. Private retailers can provide better service [...]
On December 6th, 2017, President and CEO of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, Marco Navarro-Genie, discussed the province's decision to distribute cannabis through the public sector and why private sector endorsement would be a more appropriate course of action.
By Marco Navarro-Génie (AIMS President) Allowing private cannabis retailers in Nova Scotia would be most consistent with the One Nova Scotia Report and good for entrepreneurs. Yet, the online survey the Nova Scotia government organised to “consult” the public about cannabis distribution betrayed a preference for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) to monopolise retail. [...]
Halifax, November 28, 2017 – Canadians are unequivocal: 89% think they should be allowed to bring any legally purchased product from one province to another, according to an Ipsos poll commissioned by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), and the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI). “Clearly, Canadians understand the advantages of [...]
BY Sylvain Charlebois (AIMS Senior Fellow) Loblaw is the latest grocer to commit to offering home delivery. Starting in December, the number one food retailer in Canada is looking at deploying this strategy from coast to coast. It intends to deliver food at home, for a fee of course --an ambitious plan indeed. After spending [...]
by JOHN RISLEY (AIMS Chairman of the Board) The Telegram, 26 September 2017 Who can blame you if you are among those scratching their heads, trying to interpret the rhetoric on both sides of the debate over Ottawa’s planned changes to the tax code? As is usual in such cases, the arguments quickly retreat [...]
A new idea from AIMS would create a modern employment insurance system that meets the needs of workers and employers. Here’s how the new system would work: Payroll deductions would go into an individual Personal Security Account for each worker. Individuals who lose work could draw benefits under a single national standard, [...]
Keeping families and jobs in rural Canada is not easy. Proposed changes to capital gains rules would make it harder for a family member to keep the family farm, according to AIMS senior fellow Sylvain Charlebois. Many wonder how values embedded in everything the family business does can survive if the next generation [...]