Fraser Institute Essay Competition 2012

However, I think that it is guilty of a far more basic flaw.To determine how much government purchases and investment contributed to economic growth, one would compare the increase in government purchases […] Yesterday, the Fraser Institute published a new report, which argues that the government stimulus did not drive Canadian economic growth in the last two quarters of 2009 and suggests that government spending on infrastructure was useless for the economy.This is an enormous number, designed to appeal to our sensationalism-hungry media, but it does not provide a meaningful comparison of today’s average tax bill and the tax bill our parents’ and […] The Fraser Institute and the CCPA do not typically see eye to eye, but they seem to agree that personal income taxes take up a relatively small fraction of the average tax bill — about 13 – 14%.

Indeed, this one Fraser Institute report supplied enough fodder for three separate posts today by Iglika (and she is promising a fourth!

) I think that the report’s worst flaws are […] A recently released Fraser Institute report claims that the tax bill of the average Canadian family grew by a whopping 1,624% since 1961.

Do they really need to so grossly distort and manipulate the statistics to make their arguments?

The answer is invariably “yes”. That’s because the underlying facts are often so […] On April 23, the Fraser Institute released the annual update of their misleading Consumer Tax Index report.

Total government spending as a share of the economy peaked at a little over 53% in 1993.

[…] My union was among many organizations listed in opposition to the senseless census decision in Wednesday’s Globe and Mail editorial. The Fraser Institute and National Citizens’ Coalition have understandable motives for wanting to eliminate the mandatory long form.

You couldn’t have made it through 2012 without running into a story about income inequality.

 Chances are, it made you think about how you fit into the story. That’s “entirely constructive”, […] Further to my earlier post on the “own goal” scored by the Fraser Institute report on North American labour markets, the Table below shows the rankings of the Canadian provinces – out of 60 states and provinces – for (1) labour market performance, 2007-11 and (2) the unionization rate.

A guest blog post from Mario Seccareccia and Louis-Philippe Rochon.

After learning that the Canada Revenue Agency is auditing  the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives  on the grounds that it allegedly engages in politically partisan, biased and one-sided research activity,  a number of university professors  have drawn up an open letter asking the Minister of National […] Posted by Wenonah Bradshaw under C. Howe Institute, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Conservative government, Fraser Institute, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, petitions.


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