Britain the brave

On June 23, 2016, the people of the United Kingdom will vote in a referendum on whether their country should remain a member of the European Union (EU). The outcome of this referendum will be of enormous importance to Britain.  Scotland has suggested that a vote to leave the EU[Read More…]

In defence of Ebenezer Scrooge

As the holiday season becomes more distant, reflecting on the value of a particular Christmas trope is no less valuable. If Christmas is the season of selflessness, then surely one of the great symbols of Christmas is Ebenezer Scrooge. Contrary to common belief, however, he should be known for his[Read More…]

Commentary: Improving access to organ transplants

Every year, thousands of Canadians endure immense suffering waiting for organ transplants.  Despite encouragement from the government and civil society groups, the number of organs donated is inadequate to meet the need.  For example, in 2013, over 4,500 Canadians were waiting for a kidney, which is the most commonly transplanted[Read More…]

Commentary: Employment insurance ineffective in Canada

Over the past few decades, Canadians have taken steps—from the Canada Pension Plan to universal health care—to make Canada a more caring and equitable society. However, despite politicians’ best intentions, these societal efforts can sometimes produce unintended negative consequences. Nowhere is this more evident than with the current design of[Read More…]

Towards a new system of social security

The Canadian government has a wide array of programs in place to alleviate poverty. At the federal level alone, the government spends 10 per cent of GDP on a multitude of cash transfer programs. Despite this, around nine per cent of Canadians still live in poverty. The solution could be[Read More…]

Commentary: A progressive paradox

Across North America, left-wing politicians are proposing a raft of new spending programs. In Canada, both Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair have plans for universal, government-funded childcare, and in the United States, President Obama wants to introduce tuition-free community college. There are good arguments both for and against these programs,[Read More…]

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