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Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential
May 6, 2014 - Nicholas Li

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...

May 22, 2013 - Marty McKendry and Robert Mysicka

Governments in Canada maintain monopolies in certain sectors of the economy through regulations that advance private interests at an unreasonable cost to consumers, according to a report from the...

Putting the Market Back in Dairy Marketing
March 13, 2013 - Colin Busby and Daniel Schwanen

Canada’s controversial but politically untouchable dairy supply management system can be reformed, while addressing the concerns of wary politicians, consumers tired of overpaying for milk and...

June 23, 2011 - Al Loyns and Richard Pedde

Ending the monopoly power of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) makes sense, owing to its apparent inability to deliver strong returns for farmers, while limiting farmers’ choices on sales practices,...

November 1, 2008 - Richard Pedde and Sylvain Charlebois
Bushnell, Hughes, Smith - Food vs. Fuel? Impacts of Petroleum Shipments on Agricultural Prices
Intelligence Memos
From: James Bushnell, Jonathan Hughes and Aaron Smith To: Regulators and users of the Western Canadian rail network Date: July 3, 2018 Re: Food vs. Fuel? Impacts of Petroleum Shipments on...
Rosalie Wyonch - It's 4-20. How's that Legalization Thing Going?
Intelligence Memos
From: Rosalie Wyonch To: Cannabis-Concerned Canadians Date: April 20, 2018 Re: It's 4-20. How's that Legalization Thing Going?  Two years ago, on April 20, Ottawa announced steps to legalize...
Daniel Schwanen - NAFTA: Butter’s Last Stand?
Intelligence Memos
From: Daniel Schwanen To: Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Global Affairs Date: April 17, 2018 Re: NAFTA: Butter’s Last Stand? Canadians are accustomed to paying more for milk and dairy products than...

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