Category Archives: Columns

Free the beer 35 million

In my latest National Post commentary I praise the New Brunswick court ruling that our Constitution (S. 121) does indeed clearly expressly ban interprovincial trade barriers. It’s high time someone did something about them, and shameful that the New Brunswick cabinet apparently intend to continue riding roughshod over the rule of law and their citizens.

See also the paper I had the privilege of co-authoring for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in 2010, along with its Executive Director Brian Lee Crowley and the late Robert Knox, a veteran of efforts to free up interprovincial trade, arguing for striking down all internal protectionism in goods, services and trades on exactly those grounds. It looks as if it’s finally going to happen.

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Choo choo cachingggg!

In my latest National Post commentary I agree that trains are charming, historical and fun. But I deny that they should be subsidized just because people like them. We can’t continue to subsidize everything or we’re going right off the fiscal rails. And there’s just no justice in picking my pocket for your train ticket.

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