Examination of public sector in Western Canada remains necessary

By Marco Navarro-Génie, President and CEO The paper AIMS published last week with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy looked again at public sector workers in Canadian provinces, excluding the federal public service.  The new work placed an emphasis on Western Provinces;  the first one focused on the Atlantic region. The type of reaction to…

Good Policies Brewing in New Brunswick

In June, the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation (NBLC) introduced a regulation requiring craft brewers to sell 10,000 liters of beer through NBLC liquor stores before the government would issue them a Brewery Agency Store (BAS) license. NBLC’s CEO Brian Harriman argued, “The intention of the threshold before being allowed to sell growlers is not to…

Curious Cottage Competition

The Chronicle Herald published a report on Nova Scotia’s black-market cottage industry this morning, revealing that unlicensed, untaxed competition is forcing some landlords out of business. Interestingly, there is a subtext to the article: government policy has the potential to suppress otherwise healthy economic activity. “Steven Hebb, general manager of Prince’s Inlet Retreat in Martin’s Brook, said there…