The immorality of the nanny state

When we hear about yet another intrusion of government in our lives—such as the regulation of food trucks in Canadian cities—we often just...

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...

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...

Government doesn’t create jobs—it kills them

Many politicians have the delusion that government can create jobs (the ultra-delusional among them is Hillary Clinton, who famously said that businesses don’t create...

Should the nanny state dictate training for Uber drivers?

Most governments take their nanny role seriously, but some are more zealous than others. Among the most zealous is the provincial government of Quebec....

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...

Why Amazon should choose the United States over Canada

Amazon has released the eagerly awaited shortlist of 20 cities for its second headquarters. Only one contender of the several Canadian cities—Toronto—remains. And when...

More light!

“More light!” were the last words of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, the German writer, more than 250 years ago. I agree...

Government regulation does not make us safe—capitalism does

Would you trust government more than business to keep you safe? Amazingly, most people say yes almost automatically when asked. They see government as...

Government meddling with markets is costly: Why competition is good and regulation bad

When I travel in Finland (my native country), comparisons of Finland and Canada often come up in conversations. On the first glance, one would...

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...