Brian Lee Crowley

Gender-based Analysis as if *everyone* matters

In the Sun newspapers on 8 June 2018 Sean Speer and I had some fun at the expense of self-righteous government social engineers by pointing out the hypocrisy and double-standards implicit in Ottawa’s policy of “gender-based analysis”. We argue that if GBA is a serious policy, we must look at the differential impact of policies on each sex and seek to mitigate sex-specific harms wherever they may occur. But of course the government thinks that it only matters if *women* are disadvantaged by a policy, not men. A case in point: the many policies currently in place that are placing enormous strain on the natural resource economy. As Sean and I wrote:

“One currently-ignored area ripe for more people-centred analysis, for example, is natural resources and the trade-offs that policymakers are implicitly making between employment and other considerations such as reducing carbon emissions. Proper GBA would reveal that the effects of this policy are relatively minor for women but devastating for men.”

Redistribution vs an agenda of opportunity

Writing in the Sun newspaper chain on November 27th, 2016, my colleague Sean Speer and I tackle on of the hottest issues of the day: redistribution vs opportunity and which best serves the interests of Canadians.

Senator Doug Black and me on thuggery and pipelines in Montreal

I was proud to co-author an op-ed with Independent Senator Doug Black calling out the environmental movement for the recent disruption of hearings into the Energy East pipeline in Montreal. Those disruptions are an affront to the rule of law and the will of the democratic majority, as we wrote in the Sun chain of newspapers.

Sean Speer and I team up on health care in the Sun papers

Sean Speer and I continued our efforts to get the new federal government to think clearly about health care reform with an op-ed in the Sun newspapers. Based on our piece for the From a Mandate for Change to a Plan to Govern series at MLI, Sean and I lay out the case for thinking that Canada’s poorly performing system is badly in need of reform and that there is little evidence that the problem is that perennial canard, “underfunding”. On the contrary, Ottawa must stop offering itself up as the “solution” to our health care problems and to raise its expectations that the provinces will deliver real value for the money they’re already getting.

Brian Lee Crowley
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