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Fall 2011 Index

October 27, 2011

Fall 2011 Canadian Think Tank Index

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada released Canadian Abroad: Canada's Global Asset, a report detailing Canadian citizens living outside the Canadian borders, where they are and how landed citizens view them. Policy recommendations for Government at all levels are proposed, suggesting that a more proactive approach is taken to citizens abroad.

Atlantic Institute for Market Studies

Don McIver argues that federal policy shortcomings will always exist for Atlantic Canada. Rather than focusing on them, Atlantic Canadian regional governments should better articulate regional interests and bargain from within them.

C.D. Howe Institute

Richard Pedde and Al Loyns discuss potential reform to the Canadian Wheat Board in light of a declining global market share, providing policy recommendations.

Wendy Dobson argues that Canada needs to have vision and ambition for the negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with India. She argues that both countries' record of uncompleted trade agreements needs to change.

Michael Parkin calls for the Bank of Canada to stop the current "no-change" policy regarding interest rates, citing potential risks that could accompany the continuing policy.

As Ontario faces a period of excess electricity supply, Benjamin Dachis and Donald N. Dewees propose both short-term and long-term solutions to prevent future shortages and excess.

Daniel Schwanen discusses the implications of the joint Canadian and United States Action Plan for perimeter security and competitiveness. He also proposes joint mechanisms to ensure the plan is a success.

Andre Laurin and Finn Poschmann write on marginal effective tax rates in the Western Provinces, arguing that these rates have mixed results but for the most part have been more successful in the Western Provinces, particularly British Columbia.

Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Michael Mendelson comments on three potential issues for Ontario's future: The deepening Euro crisis and the potential for it to bring another financial meltdown, the economic policy paralysis of the United States, and, finally, a potential credit collapse if the commodities bubble bursts.

Canada West Foundation

The latest in the Changing the Climate: A Policy Framework for Canada's New Energy Environment series summarizes details of high profile events on energy, the environment, and their future in Canada.

Michael Cleland examines the future of natural gas in Canada on behalf of both the consumer and the producers and he outlines policy directions to ensure sound future policy on the topic of natural gas policy foundations.

David W. Poulton and Casey Vander Ploeg examine the use of market-based instruments as a solution for water allocation in the future of water policy in Canada, and explore how it might affect Canada's participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Wave of the Future: Water Policy in Western Canada presents the viewpoints of over 50 individuals from across the West on a variety of topics pertaining to the study and management of water.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

A collection of advocates and academics present a debate on digital policy issues in The Internet Tree. Issues include: broadband access, copyright, net neutrality, privacy and security, and other digital policies.

Mark Bigland-Pritchard investigates ways the Saskatchewan government could complement wind and solar power energy options and explores how these other options could help to provide a stable and secure electrical power base for the future.
A study on the impacts of rising tuition cost of Ontario students and alternative ways to support overburdened families to ensure that university is affordable to students and families of any income.

Institute for Research on Public Policy

Keith Horner examines various pension-reform options to improve pension plans and argues that a new, national, mandatory, defined-benefit plan would provide the best bet for the future of the economy and pension plan participants.

The Fraser Institute

In Access Delayed, Access Denied: Waiting for New Medicines in Canada 2011 Mark Rovere and Brett Skinner detail wait times in Canada for new drug treatments. The results showed Canadian patients waited longer on average for government approval for new drug treatments relative to other countries.

In a similar report on affordability of prescription drug spending on an individual basis, Rovere and Skinner conclude that the Canadian interventionist policies have failed to provide more affordable access to prescription drugs.

Mark Milke argues that it would be a mistake to restrict American imports of Canadian oil as it would ignore the reality of the American dependence on imported oil, and the reality that the only alternatives to Canadian oil are other unfriendly governments. Milke also compares major oil-producing countries across the world through 17 civil, political, and economic freedoms.

Neil Mohindra examines the events of Hurricane Katrina and seeks to provide lessons for Canada in future natural disasters.

Canadian Centre for Policy Studies

David Murrell argues the retirement of baby boomers should be viewed as an opportunity to shrink the size and scope of government without the turmoil and social cost that usually comes with large-scale lay-offs.

The Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board of Canada released its summer updates and outlooks, including its Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast: Summer 2011 and its Residential and Non-Residential Construction Outlooks:

Canadian Council of Chief Executives

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives writes that Canada is well-positioned in the future of energy, with a wide array of energy resources, and the skills and technologies to develop them, and this can be a key driver for future prosperity. However, they warn that this future is far from guaranteed.

Frontier Centre for Public Policy

Milton Boyd looks toward the potential removal of the Canadian Wheat Board in 2012 and examines the changes that could result, including the emergence of a voluntary wheat board.

Roland Renner argues that internet policy and regulatory structure needs to be consistent with technology advancements, allowing full access for Canadians to all services provided by the internet. He argues that the proposed Usage Based Billing is an inappropriate solution.

The Pembina Institute

The Pembina Institute released a report detailing Canada's Arctic offshore drilling regulation, and comparing it to the United States, United Kingdom, Greenland, and Norway.

The Pembina Institute examines Ontario's clean energy policies, draws comparisons between Ontario and Germany, and explores the ways farmers can benefit from these policies.

Matthew Bramley argues that Canadian energy systems must change if Canada can hope to battle climate change. He explores the idea of natural gas being used as a "bridge" fuel, exploring the federal and provincial governments’ roles in shaping future production of natural gas.


Cardus released the full Cardus Education Survey report, detailing the motives and outcomes of Christian education in North America. Read the conclusions here:

Cardus also released College of Trades: An Impossible Institution calling for major reform in the Ontario College of Trades, here:

The Vanier Institute of the Family

Meg Lexton explores key debates regarding families in Canada today and argues that understanding the roles and responsibilities of families is key to policy-making.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a paper outlining the place small business holds in the Canadian economy. Arguing that small business is of primary importance to the health of the economy, the Chamber concludes that policymakers need to select policy tools that can best address the challenges small business faces to ensure a strong place for them in the future.

This report details the effect that oil prices have on inflation, household spending, the Canadian Dollar, trade, and the overall impact, and presents an outlook on oil pricing for the near future.

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