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On Marijuana Legalization, Let's Not Repeat Prohibition Mistakes

Marijuana legalization was one of Justin Trudeau’s flagship policies after becoming leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in 2013. Going into the 2015 election it became one of the Liberal Party’s policy planks, and it’s easy to see why. Public opinion on marijuana use has changed drastically over the last few decades.

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Forget NAFTA, Canada needs a Free Trade Agreement with itself

When it comes to the production and sale of many goods, Canada is more of an archipelago of provincially-protected cartels than it is a free market. At least, that is how the norms of commerce within our borders have played out for decades. The arbitrary nature of laws that govern how much booze we can haul across provincial lines, for instance, are absurd. The days of provincial protectionism may be ending though, as possibly unconstitutional laws receive some well-deserved scrutiny. Thanks to Gerard Comeau, a citizen who decided to drive to Quebec from New Brunswick to take advantage of the lower liquor prices (1), Canadians have finally seen how nonsensical the implementation of these laws really is. So monumental is this seemingly simple event that it is going all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. The binding decision will permanently affect the future of inter-provincial trade.

 

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Stop Playing Politics on Our Dime: Part 2

Part 1 of this series asked: What public good is derived from our investment in political parties with public funds? Missing from that discussion is a discussion on how the existing rules for election expense refunds have a negative impact on our democratic health. The way parties qualify for generous handouts of public funds creates an insurmountable barrier for smaller parties, and rigs the scale towards established ones.

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Stop Playing Politics on Our Dime: Part 1

It is commonly thought that political parties in Canada are entirely self-funded through voluntary donations. After the per-vote subsidy was removed in 2011, taxpayers were off the hook, right? Wrong. A myriad of tax credits and refunds still exist that keep political parties dependant on public financing for the majority of their operations.

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Punishing Success, Rewarding Failure: Why is lower taxation for everyone such a hard sell?

The announcement by finance minister Bill Morneau that the federal government will be cracking down on business owners (as per their 2017 budget) has not gone down well (1). The Liberal government has decided to take aim at a particular tax loophole favoured by lawyers, doctors, and contractors who own their own practices or businesses. Morneau has framed this move as an effort to increase “fairness” in the tax system (2). This is a dubious claim, but it should surprise no one, as it is merely a continuation of the policy of punishing success and rewarding failure that has been an unfortunate feature of both Liberal and Conservative governments in the past.

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5 Alcohol Rules That Prove Government Is a Total Buzzkill

Unsure whether the government is a total buzzkill when it comes to alcohol? Here are 5 reasons to convince you they are.

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Conservatives, stop with the tax credits. It's embarrassing.

Political discourse usually concerns itself with truly monumental issues. These are the decisive conversations in which a step in either direction is sure to have far-reaching effects on the character of our nation for generations to come. For example, free trade with the United States, conscription in both world wars, universal suffrage, and repatriating the constitution were defining moments in the development of Canada.

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Canada 150: Wilfrid Laurier and Canada's Hidden History of Classical Liberalism

Renowned Canadian political scientist, Gad Horowitz, argues that Canada’s political identity has the “Tory Touch”. This is the idea that Canadians have always preferred a modern version of 19th century Toryism as our government’s guiding philosophy, one of communitarian values rather than individualism. Horowitz and others (like Charles Taylor) have suggested that these communitarian values are what separates our political identity from that of the United States.

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5 Business Models the Internet Made Obsolete. Newspapers: adapt or perish.

One of the great privileges of being an established newspaper is having a national platform to discuss the important issues of our time. Few things inspire the citizens of our great nation to contemplate, discuss, and take action on these defining issues like a well run newspaper. Of course, another use for such an honoured platform is to do what newspaper publishers are doing now, grovel for a $350 million bailout from the federal government because the internet destroyed their business model. (1)

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