Bloat in the Federal Public Service: Justin Trudeau Ranks Last among Canadian Prime Ministers over the Past 40 Years

Justin Trudeau has increased the size of the federal public service more than any other Canadian Prime Minister since 1984, concludes this study published by the MEI. “Since the Trudeau government came to power, there has been an unprecedented expansion in the size of the bureaucracy,” deplores Gabriel Giguère, public policy analyst at the MEI and author of the study.

Streamlining Energy Infrastructure Development: The Corridor Approach

Energy corridors could go a long way towards restoring Canada’s attractiveness for energy transportation projects, according to this study by the MEI. “Getting regulatory approval for energy transportation projects in Canada takes so long that investors are increasingly looking elsewhere,” explains Krystle Wittevrongel, co-author of the study.

Wing Heavy: The Fees That Undermine the Competitiveness of the Airline Sector

The high cost of domestic air travel is largely due to the various fees the federal government charges airlines and airports, according to this MEI study. “Ottawa prefers to treat our airports as cash cows, rather than the essential transportation infrastructure that they are,” explains Gabriel Giguère, public policy analyst and author of the study.

The Nurse Shortage in Quebec: Improving Flexibility and Working Conditions

Quebec needs to improve flexibility and working conditions to keep young nurses in the profession, according to this study published by the MEI. “For every 100 nurses we train, 44 will leave the profession before their 35th birthday,” explains Emmanuelle B. Faubert, economist at the MEI and author of the publication.

Nudge: A New Way of Governing That Needs Oversight

There should be oversight of the government’s use of “nudges,” according to this study released by the MEI. “At the moment, Canada has no structure in place for the oversight of the use of behavioural science by governments to direct the choices of citizens,” explains Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy, senior economist at the MEI and author of the study.

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