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2014-05-06 12:26:11

TORONTO, May 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Consumers should blame government policy, not retail price gouging for large Canada-US price gaps, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential," author Nicholas Li finds that rising wholesale price gaps over the 2004-2007 period reflect ill-advised Canadian government regulations, such as high tariffs as well as supply management. "In 2004, if a resident of British Columbia went to...

2014-04-30 12:26:28

TORONTO, April 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Urgent action by the federal government is required to address the persistently low high-school completion rates among young First nation adults living on-reserve, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Are We Making Progress? New Evidence on Aboriginal Education Outcomes in Provincial and Reserve Schools," author John Richards concludes that on-reserve education is in crisis. According to recently released 2011 census results, 58...

2014-04-24 12:25:53

TORONTO, April 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program between 2002 and 2012, which made it easier to hire foreign workers, accelerated the rise in unemployment in Alberta and British Columbia, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada: Are They Really Filling Labour Shortages?", author Dominique M. Gross finds that easier access to foreign labour can generate undesirable incentives on the part of...

2014-04-16 12:25:38

TORONTO, April 16, 2014 /CNW/ - "Government-to-government" relations, underpinned by high-level Canadian representation in foreign nations, such as an embassy, significantly boost the level of Canadian exports to those countries, according to a new C. D. Howe Institute report. In the study, entitled "The Impact of Diplomatic Representation Abroad on Canada's Exports," author Dan Ciuriak provides new insights into where, why and how economic diplomacy works best, and shows that an...

2014-04-10 16:22:23

TORONTO, April 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC) today recommended that the Bank of Canada keep its target for the overnight rate, the very short-term interest rate it targets for monetary policy purposes, at 1.00 percent at its next announcement on April 16, 2014. Looking ahead, the Council called for the Bank to hold the target at 1.00 percent through the fall of this year, but called for a target of 1.25 by April 2015. The MPC provides an...

2014-04-09 12:26:07

TORONTO, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Ottawa's unfunded liabilities for employee pension plans rose to $272 billion in 2013, far larger than reported, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute study. In "Ottawa's Hidden Deficit: The Widening Gap between Federal Government Pension Liabilities and Assets," authors William B.P. Robson and Alex Laurin find the value of federal employee pension promises is much larger than shown on the books, and still growing. "Using an economically...

2014-04-02 12:25:49

TORONTO, April 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Federal public servants have pension guarantees in their defined-benefit pension plans that are mispriced, causing Ottawa to seriously underestimate the cost of the pension plans and the total compensation of its employees, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Evaluating Public-Sector Pensions: Are Federal Public Servants Overpaid?" respected pension expert Malcolm Hamilton says this advantageous situation for members...

2014-03-24 12:24:41

TORONTO, March 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's senior governments have regularly missed budget spending and revenue targets during the last decade, with spending overruns of $47 billion combined, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Credibility on the (Bottom) Line: The Fiscal Accountability of Canada's Senior Governments, 2013," authors Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson rank the performance of Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments...

2014-03-11 12:23:27

TORONTO, March 11, 2014 /CNW/ - As Ontario pushes ahead with pension reform to improve retirement security for its citizens, it should consider a "middle-way" solution between current competing visions for reform, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe institute. In "Helping Ontarians Save for Retirement: How the Province Could Adapt the Canada Supplementary Pension Plan," author Keith Ambachtsheer recommends an approach that avoids the potential pitfalls of two...

2014-02-27 16:25:30

TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - The C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC) today recommended that the Bank of Canada keep its target for the overnight rate, the very short-term interest rate it targets for monetary policy purposes, at 1.00 percent at its next announcement on March 5, 2014. The Council further called for the Bank to hold the target at 1.00 percent through to March 2015. The MPC provides an independent assessment of the monetary stance appropriate for...