Let’s Tone Down the Hyperbole and Have a Sensible Discussion of Minimum Wage

Last week, I participated in the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council panel discussion asking the question; what is the right minimum wage for Atlantic Canada? Certainly, one way to get to good public policy is asking the right question. Asking what the right minimum wage for the region is a fair academic question, but we should …

Shrinking the Size of Government is No Longer an Option – It’s Required

Atlantic Canada is facing serious challenges and we no longer have the option of kicking the can down the road. The demographic tsunami is upon us, and there is a looming financial crisis in that wave. With an aging workforce, there will be fewer potential workers and a shrinking tax base. This is compounded by …

Cannabis Consultations: Answering questions with more questions

When it comes to cannabis sales, there are arguments for a public sector monopoly, except none of them are particularly compelling and not surprisingly, all center on command and control. A public sector monopoly, such as the model in Ontario and the recently announced direction in New Brunswick, seems simply to be the path of least resistance for politicians and bureaucrats. Why they believe the public sector delivery model of anything is the gold standard remains perplexing.

Federal Tax Changes Show a Profound Misunderstanding of Independent Business. 

Recent musings about the federal tax changes by Finance Minister Bill Morneau are causing significant anxiety for small business owners. In talking with business owners from all levels, there is worry, frustration, and in some cases anger. In Atlantic Canada, we feel it more than most other areas of the country. The cumulative tax burden …