FON in the News

Joshua Gans & Michael Smart, A vaccine tax can help end the pandemic, Toronto Star, February 14, 2022

Joshua Gans & Michael Smart, Une taxe pour les non-vaccinés, pour de meilleurs résultats, Le Devoir, January 28, 2022

Tess Kalinowski, Singapore taxes investment homes up to 30 per cent. Could a similar tax cool off prices here?, Toronto Star, January 17, 2022

Jason Kirby, 14 charts that show what inflation and monetary policy will look like in the new year, The Globe and Mail, December 31, 2021

Charles Breton, What will the federal government and the provinces argue about in 2022? Policy Options, December 30, 2021

Ben Eisen & Jake Fuss, Fiscal sustainability – a good New Year’s resolution, The Fraser Institute, December 30, 2021

Patrick Brethour, A provincial prayer – Give me a budget surplus, just not yet, The Globe and Mail, December 6, 2021

John Ibbitson, The 1970s can offer us lessons in combatting today’s inflation, The Globe and Mail, November 15, 2021

William Watson, William Watson – Equalization: In principle OK, in practice a mess, Financial Post, October 19, 2021

Aaron D’Andrea, What are the ‘Pandora Papers’, the financial leak making headlines?, Global News, October 5, 2021

Jordan Press, August jobs report land on campaign trail as labour market claws closer to recovery, Times Colonist, September 10, 2021

Richard Raycraft, Fact check: Can the federal deficit be eliminated in 10 years without cuts?, CBC News, September 2, 2021

Jordan Press, Child care system vs. tax credit: Experts weigh pros and cons of parties’ proposals, Global News, September 1, 2021

Mark Rendell et al., Erin O’Toole promises to balance budget ‘without cuts’, The Globe and Mail, August 31, 2021

Patrick Brethour, The myth of federal health-care cuts, The Globe and Mail, August 27, 2021

Aidan Chamandy, Neither Harper nor Trudeau cut health transfers, says prof,, August 24, 2021

Michael Smart, Opinion: O’toole GST holiday is the Christmas present our economy needs, Financial Post, August 24, 2021

Don Pittis, Delta variant threat to the global economy means fiscal prudence may take an election back seat, CBC News, August 19, 2021

Anja Karadeglija, NDP would make companies that paid dividends, bonuses during pandemic reimburse their wage subsidy cash, The National Post, August 17, 2021

Friday News Roundup 21.07.30, The Canadian Accountant, July 30, 2021

Trevor Tombe, Hub Explainer: Alberta’s $600-billion federal contribution leaves fairness in the eye of the beholder, The Hub, July 26, 2021

Patrick Brethour, The rich are (probably) getting richer, The Globe and Mail, July 26, 2021

Aaron Wherry, The balanced budget era is over. Now what?, CBC News, July 25, 2021

James Keller, Albertans to vote on equalization in fall referendum: A breakdown, The Globe and Mail, July 18, 2021

Tom Cardoso and Patrick Brethour, Bankrupt firms tapped federal wage subsidy despite long odds of survival, The Globe and Mail, May 13, 2021

Peter Armstrong, Mind Your Business,, May 10, 2021

Patrick Brethour et al., Wage subsidies were meant to preserve jobs. In many cases, the $110.6-billion response padded bottom lines, The Globe and Mail, May 8, 2021

Michael Smart, Should we be worried about government debt?, The Toronto Star, May 8, 2021.

Konrad Yakabuski, As the U.S. moves to raise capital gains taxes, will Canada soon follow?, The Globe and Mail, April 27, 2021

Patrick Brethour, Weighing Ottawa’s Fiscal Anchor, The Globe and Mail, April 26, 2021

Trevor Tombe, Canada’s growing debt is sustainable, but risky, The Hub, April 22, 2021

Calgary economist Trevor Tombe reacts to the 2021 Federal budget, Global News, April 20, 2021

Michael Smart, To spur the postpandemic recovery, let’s cut the GST, The Globe and Mail, April 13, 2021

David Parkinson, Now is the time to smash barriers to interprovincial trade” The Globe and Mail, April 6, 2021

Patrick Brethour, Ottawa’s idea of a carbon price plan is straightforward in theory but less so in practice, The Globe and Mail, April 5, 2021

Tammy Schirle, The Agenda: Our Debt Overload Economics, TVO, April 5, 2021

Trevor Tombe, How Alberta can benefit from a provincial carbon tax, CBC News, March 29, 2021

Patrick Brethour, Canada Revenue Agency ramps up security in wake of hacks, The Globe and Mail, March 29, 2021

Nicolas Marceau, Taxer les riches, Le Devoir, March 20, 2021

Kathleen Petty, West of Centre Podcast: A crash course in Alberta’s quest for equality in equalization, CBC Podcasts, March 5, 2021

Patrick Brethour, For Alberta and Quebec, the consequences of fiscal federalism are very different, The Globe and Mail, March 5, 2021

Chris Varcoe, No balanced budget for 2023, but one is coming before 2027, says Toews, Calgary Herald, February 27, 2021

Patrick Brethour, How Alberta’s shrinking economy could shake up the billions Canada spends on equalization, The Globe and Mail, February 26, 2021

Trevor Tombe, Budget 2021: A missed opportunity (again), CBC News, February 26, 2021

“Politics Newsletter”, Maclean’s, February 25, 2021

Chris Varcoe, Cash-starved Alberta needs sales tax and carbon tax, says business council, Calgary Herald, February 18, 2021

Mike Holden and Alicia Planincic, Towards a Fiscally Sustainable Alberta, Business Council of Alberta, February 17, 2021

Christine Dobby, Rogers, Bell and Telus collected more than $240 million from Canada’s wage-subsidy program — and Bell and Telus raised shareholder payouts, Toronto Star, February 8, 2021

Rhys Kesselman, Getting the facts straight on capital gains tax, Financial Post, February 4, 2021

Patrick Brethour, Tax and Spend: CEWS for who? It’s not just a matter of word games, The Globe and Mail, February 1, 2021

Patrick Brethour, Wishing doesn’t make it so: The gap between the reality of Canada’s wage subsidy program and Ottawa’s portrayal, The Globe and Mail, January 29, 2021

Ben Eisen, Trudeau government wage subsidy program likely not worth the price tag, Fraser Institute, January 27, 2021

Michael Smart and Ben Eisen, There are better ways of helping the economy than CEWS, Policy Options, January 26, 2021

Vanmala Subramaniam, Canadian cannabis companies collect millions in emergency wage subsidies even as sector consolidates, The Globe and Mail, January 25, 2021

Amanda Lang, Alberta could see a spike in taxes to balance provincial deficit: Professor, BNN Bloomberg, January 22, 2021

Michael Smart, How to tax the wealthy without a ‘wealth tax’, Maclean’s, January 19, 2021

Tony Seskus, Alberta braces for Biden’s Keystone XL decision, CBC News, January 18, 2021

Joel Blit, Federal wage subsidies ended up costing taxpayers $188,000 a year for every job saved — maybe we should try a different approach, Toronto Star, January 18, 2021

Matthew Mendelsohn and Noah Zon, An Inclusive Industrial Policy for Canada, Brookfield Institute, January 18, 2021

Kyle Hanniman and Trevor Tombe, Opinion: Ottawa needs to pay more attention to these red flags on provincial debt, Financial Post, January 13, 2021

Patrick Brethour, Wage subsidies flow to companies with deep pockets, analysis shows, The Globe and Mail, January 8, 2021

Patrick Brethour, Is carbon pricing a burden on Canadian households?, The Globe and Mail, January 2, 2021

Michael Smart, 2020 Hindsight: The pandemic has tested Canada’s social capital, Financial Post, December 30, 2020

Andrew Coyne, Alberta’s equalization referendum may come back to haunt the province, The Globe and Mail, December 29, 2020

Alberta eyes post-COVID economic rebound but faces big budget questions, CBC News, December 27, 2020

Merry Christmas: Here’s Every Right-Wing Group That Applied For Wage Subsidies From ‘Big Government’ This Year, Press Progress, December 24, 2020

Jonathan Montpetit, Simon Nakonechny, Marie-Hélène Hétu, Why millions of dollars in pandemic aid are going to corporations making healthy profits, CBC News, December 10, 2020

John Lester, Overcompensation is a major flaw in Canada’s pandemic response, The Globe and Mail, December 8, 2020

Trevor Tombe, Are fiscal stabilization reforms a slap in the face or a modernization?, Policy Options, December 8, 2020

Miville Tremblay, La vraie menace : le coût des soins de santé à long terme, La Presse, December 7, 2020

Jason Kirby, Charts to watch in 2021: The most important Canadian economic graphs for the year ahead, Maclean’s, December 7, 2020

Robert Jones, New Brunswick warned it may have to share its lucrative equalization payments, CBC News, December 4, 2020

Colby Cosh, COVID is rampaging through Alberta, but that’s no reason to pick on the province, National Post, December 4, 2020

Tom Vernon, Could Alberta actually fall into have-not status? New report shows it is a possibilty, Global News, December 3, 2020

Michael Smart, The cost of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy continues to grow, Financial Post, December 3, 2020

Allan Lanthier, Why cutting the small business tax deduction could make Canada more competitive, BNN Bloomberg, November 26, 2020

Mostafa Askari, Sahir Khan and Kevin Page, Setting Canada’s fiscal anchor in a post-COVID-19 economy, The Globe and Mail, November 24, 2020

Livio Di Matteo and Michael Smart, Ontario’s budget woes aren’t just about the pandemic, Toronto Star, November 9, 2020.

Ben Eisen, How Trudeau’s relief includes harmful work disincentives, Ottawa Sun, November 4, 2020.

Sean Speer, Drew Fagan and Michael Cuenco, Navigating Uncertainty in Ontario’s Budget, Ontario360, October 23, 2020

Robin Boadway, Will Canada emerge from the pandemic with a guaranteed basic income?, The Globe and Mail, October 18 2020.

Patrick Brethour, The hidden cost of Ottawa’s new benefit for the self-employed, The Globe and Mail, October 16, 2020.

Trevor Tombe, Opinion: Our big problem is provincial debt, not federal, Financial Post, October 13, 2020.

Tammy Schirle, Unemployment in the 21st Century, CD Howe Institute, October 7, 2020.

Jolson Lim, The CERB is over, but experts say it could shape future policy,, September 29, 2020.

Michael Smart, Debt in the Time of COVID-19: Forecasts and Policy Implications, Canadian Tax Foundation Perspectives on Tax Law & Policy, September 22, 2020

Luc Godbout, CERB: From Emergency to Recovery, Canadian Tax Foundation Perspectives on Tax Law & Policy, September 22, 2020

Michael Smart, To speed the recovery, end federal wage subsidies, The Globe and Mail, September 22, 2020.

Patrick Brethour, Advice for Chrystia Freeland: Find yourself a fiscal anchor, The Globe and Mail, September 18, 2020.

Josh O’Kane, Subsidies in steep decline as companies abandon emergency wage relief, The Globe and Mail, September 16, 2020.

Michael Smart, What if we never repay the national debt?, The Globe and Mail, September 10, 2020.

Mike Moffat, Interest on Federal Debt, the “Double Whammy” Hypothesis, and Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is, September 6, 2020.

William Watson, The Line on Bill Morneau, Financial Post, August 21, 2020.

Trevor Tombe, Breaking Down Internal Trade Barriers, C.D. Howe Institute Podcast, August 13, 2020.

Michael Smart, Defund the police? Over the last decade Toronto did, Financial Post, August 7, 2020.

Trevor Tombe, In 2020, Alberta Joins the ‘have nots’, CBC, July 28, 2020.

Jordan Press, Are taxes going to have to go up in Canada?, National Observer, July 12, 2020