Activist ‘wall’ thwarting Canadian oil exports

The delay of Keystone XL, likely by at least a year, is another blow to Canada and a particularly sharp blow to Alberta

Activist ‘wall’ thwarting Canadian oil exportsProgressives (and some conservatives) have largely stymied President Donald Trump on getting his wall across the U.S. southern border built. Ironically, those same progressives have given the president another wall – encompassing Canada and thwarting oil exports to countries other than the United States. The latest slab in the wall is a ruling by a…

Why are investors souring on Alberta?

Policy uncertainty almost certainly plays a role

Why are investors souring on Alberta?Alberta’s economy has suffered in recent years. A major factor was world oil prices, which plummeted in 2014. And limited pipeline capacity, which fetches Canadian oil producers depressed prices for Canadian oil exacerbated Alberta’s economic woes. A number of metrics indicate that oil and gas investment in Alberta is in steep decline. According to a…

Fix Ontario’s disastrous power strategy

By subsidizing wind and solar power, the government put its green agenda ahead of Ontarians

Fix Ontario’s disastrous power strategyThere is still much work to be done on behalf of Ontario’s energy consumers and taxpayers. In 2005, I released a study called Pain Without Gain with two co-authors (University of Guelph professor Ross McKitrick and air quality analyst Joel Schwartz). The subtitle of the piece was that shutting down coal-fired power plants would hurt Ontario.…

Groundhog Day, Trans Mountain pipeline style

Once again, the National Energy Board will review the contentious project. It's paralysis by analysis

Groundhog Day, Trans Mountain pipeline styleOn Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil in the United States and Wiarton Willie in Canada ceremonially emerge from their dens. If they see their shadows (meaning it’s a sunny day), they return to their dens for an additional six weeks of winter. And who can forget the classic movie Groundhog Day? Bill Murray…

Here’s the carbon tax bill for the average Canadian

The government should admit that its carbon tax will significantly burden families for a climate benefit too small to measure

Here’s the carbon tax bill for the average CanadianIt took some poking and prodding and committee testimony, but now we know what the bill will be for a $50-per-tonne federal carbon tax. In a report to the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, University of Calgary assistant economics professor Jennifer Winter revealed the bottom line. Using energy consumption data…

Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exports

Ottawa ignores the evidence with Bill C-48, which will make it more difficult to ship oil and byproducts to lucrative Asian markets

Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exportsAs virtually everyone knows by now, the federal government decided to address Canada’s inability to get pipelines built from Alberta to tidewater the old fashioned way. It nationalized the last viable pipeline project, the twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and paid $4.5 billion for the existing pipeline. With that purchase, we have…

City hall holds the key to solving Canada’s urban housing crisis

As centres for jobs, education and innovation, municipalities play an outsized role in Canada’s continued prosperity

City hall holds the key to solving Canada’s urban housing crisisBy Kenneth P. Green and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute For mayors, councillors and city staff in Canada’s largest cities, housing affordability is – or should be – top of mind. With the cost of owning a home out of reach for many, and the ability to rent hampered by virtually non-existent vacancies in the…

Trans Mountain pipeline will benefit Canada – at a very high price

Nationalizing the project is far from ideal. It’s an admission that Canada’s regulatory approval process is profoundly broken

Trans Mountain pipeline will benefit Canada – at a very high priceLast week, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the federal government will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project for $4.5 billion. The government plans to construct the pipeline through a Crown corporation, with an expectation of selling it or otherwise transferring ownership in the future. The project will nearly triple the capacity to move…

Why build a pipeline if we prohibit oil tanker traffic?

The federal government's Bill C-48 would indefinitely ban most oil tankers loading or unloading anywhere on the B.C. north coast

Why build a pipeline if we prohibit oil tanker traffic?While the Trans Mountain pipeline saga grabs headlines across the country, Bill C-48, which indefinitely bans most oil tankers loading or unloading anywhere on British Columbia’s north coast, recently had its third reading in Parliament. The bill, which must still pass through the Senate, erects yet another barrier to exporting Canadian oil to markets in…

Priming the pump of bad incentives in Canada

The nationalization of a project with massive profit potential like Trans Mountain is an admission that Canada’s regulatory system is badly – if not entirely – broken

Priming the pump of bad incentives in CanadaThe decision to nationalize the Trans Mountain pipeline is not a victory, it’s a failure. Back in April, Kinder Morgan announced it was halting all “non-essential” operations on its Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project pending an establishment of certainty that the project would continue despite entrenched opposition by the British Columbia government. In a news…