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Cumbersome and overlapping regulations and environmental reviews still pose a threat to BC LNG export strategy


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Cumbersome and overlapping regulations and environmental reviews still pose a threat to BC LNG export strategy

The BC government’s dream of creating jobs and investment by exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asia could be at risk unless the existing cumbersome and overlapping regulatory process and environmental reviews can be further streamlined, concludes a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.


By Fraser Institute, Canada,


Health Policy Resource.

The Price of Public Health Care Insurance: 2012 Edition


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The Price of Public Health Care Insurance: 2012 Edition

Canadians often misunderstand the true cost of our public health care system. This occurs partly because Canadians do not incur direct expenses for their use of health care, and partly because Canadians cannot readily determine the value of their contribution to public health care insurance. In 2012, the estimated average payment for public health care insurance ranges from $3,418 to $11,401 for six common Canadian family types, depending on the type of family. For the average Canadian family, between 2002 and 2012, the cost of public health care insurance increased more than twice as fast as the cost of shelter, roughly four times as fast as food, more than five times as fast as clothing, and 1.6 times faster than average income. The 10 percent of Canadian families with the lowest incomes will pay an average of about $487 for public health care insurance in 2012. The 10 percent of Canadian families who earn an average income of $55,271 will pay an average of $5,285 for public health care insurance, and the families among the top 10 percent of income earners in Canada will pay $32,628.


By Fraser Institute, Canada,


Health Policy Resource.

Increased delays and security checks at Canada-U.S. border cost Canadians more than $19 billion per year


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Increased delays and security checks at Canada-U.S. border cost Canadians more than $19 billion per year

VANCOUVER, BC—Canada-U.S. border maintenance costs Canadian governments and taxpayers up to $19.1 billion annually, according to a new report from the Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank. The report, Measuring the Costs of the Canada-US Border, examines Canada’s expenditures on heightened border security since 9-11 and associated reductions in trade and tourism. Calculating the overall annual cost at $19.1 billion, or about 1.5 per cent of Canada’s GDP, the report notes that the 2011 Beyond the Border Declaration offers both countries an opportunity to eliminate costly border inefficiencies.


By Fraser Institute, Canada,


Health Policy Resource.

Unburnable Carbon


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Unburnable Carbon

VANCOUVER, BC—The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank, has appointed Jason Clemens its new executive vice-president. Clemens, formerly a research director of the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute and before that the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco, returns to the Fraser Institute after serving as its director of fiscal studies from 1997 to 2008.


By Fraser Institute, Canada,


Health Policy Resource.