Supermarkets—our enemies?

“Every time we step through its doors we enter into a battle with our enemy, the supermarket corporation, whose motives are totally opposed to...

Embracing the nanny state vs. valuing freedom

Everyone knows that freedom is an essential requirement of human survival and happiness. Correct? Apparently not. Recently I was listening to a morning radio show...

Who do you trust more: business or government?

An undergraduate business student recently told me: “People of my generation trust government more than they trust business, particularly large corporations.” While I wasn’t...

“Victims” of capitalism?

When the Canadian government recently announced its plan to build a monument to victims of communism, Elizabeth May, the Green Party leader (and the...

How to help workers flourish?

Labor Day celebrates labor unions as the protectors of workers against exploitation by “greedy” capitalists—corporations that allegedly would lock up workers in inhumane conditions...

Abolish “supply management”!

One of the sticking points in the trade agreement (NAFTA) negotiations between the United States, Canada and Mexico is the decades old Canadian chicken...

Government fails at its job: Nationalization of Trans Mountain pipeline

The Canadian (yes, Canadian, not Venezuelan …) government has just nationalized the yet-to-be-completed Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion (TMX) by buying its assets from...

Banning private health care kills: Equality at the cost of human lives

Imagine that you have worked hard and saved money so that you can achieve your goals and enjoy yourself but also to be equipped...

The moral case against universal basic income

Finland, my native country, has decided to end its experiment with universal basic income. This is good news. At the beginning of last year, 2,000...

Time to dismiss the nanny: How an over-zealous government hurts us

Time to dismiss the nanny: How an over-zealous government hurts us The Canadian government makes an excellent example of an over-zealous nanny that perceives itself...

What is a ‘rational’ climate policy?

I recently attended a talk about rational climate policy in Calgary, the headquarter city of the Canadian oil industry. The presenters where  economics professor...

Value of freedom

In an alarming article in the Financial Post, Geoffrey Morgan reports how North American cities are increasingly taking measures to fight climate change—public transit...