Brian Lee Crowley

A primer on Canada’s pipeline mess for Canadians and others

On the topic of pipelines in general and Trans Mountain in particular, there has of course been much action in recent weeks, including most notably Ottawa’s acquisition of the TM project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion. Here are two examples of my commentary on the issue:

30 May 2018 I published an op-ed in the Financial Post arguing that the Liberals are chiefly the authors of their own misfortune on TM, through their ill-advised political alliance with the hard-line environmental movement. I predict that they will reap the social licence whirlwind when their erstwhile allies really get serious about civil disobedience.

Then on June 12th I sought to explain to an international audience the issues surrounding TM and pipelines in general in the context of Ottawa’s sudden ownership of TM. The Washington Examiner was kind enough to publish my piece. I also did a video version of the op-ed which is available at the top of the MLI page.

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Trudeau was selling deficits, but the G7 wasn’t buying

The 2017 G7 meeting in Japan should give Prime Minister Trudeau ‎reason to reflect on his plan for deficit spending as Sean Speer and I argued in an op-ed in the Financial Post on June 3rd 2017. Trudeau arrived in Japan determined to sell other leaders on the merits of budgetary deficits to grow the economy. But his peers weren’t buying. ‎The summit’s 14,000-word communiquĂ© was silent on calls for more government spending. Perhaps the other leaders know something Justin doesn’t…or that he’s trying his hardest to ignore.

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Should Ottawa tax health benefits? Depends how they do it

Canada has too many tax credits that light up the tax code like a Christmas tree. Lots of them should be scrapped and the Liberals, to their credit(!), have said that they’ll give all of them a very careful look and scrap unwarranted ones. One that has been quietly signalled as particularly under review is the credit for employer-provided health benefits. As my colleagues Sean Speer and I wrote in an op-ed for the Financial Post, Ottawa should proceed with its reported plans to tax such employer-provided health and dental insurance – but only if the revenue is used to make private insurance more affordable for everyone who wants to use it and not just some, as is currently the case.

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Justin Trudeau was selling deficits; the G7 wasn’t buying

The recent G7 meeting in Japan should give Prime Minister Trudeau ‎reason to reflect on his plan for deficit spending as Sean Speer and I argued in an op-ed on June 3rd in the Financial Post. He arrived in Japan determined to sell other leaders on the merits of budgetary deficits to grow the economy. But his peers weren’t buying. ‎The summit’s 14,000-word communiquĂ© was silent on calls for more government spending.Perhaps the other G7 leaders know something Justin doesn’t, or at least something he is trying his darnedest to ignore….

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Brian Lee Crowley
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