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Fraser Institute misleads on costs of Canada Pension Plan

The Fraser Institute has released a new report purporting to show that the real cost of operating the Canada Pension Plan is $2 billion per year, or four times as much as shown in the financial statements of the CPP Investment Board.

The study confuses the cost of operating the Canada Pension Plan, and the operating expenses of the CPP Investment Fund. The latter are just $490 million or 0.28% of assets. These...

CPP hiding rising costs, which have more than tripled since 2006: new report

Canadian Press

The Canada Pension Plan is hiding the fact that its administrative costs have more than tripled since 2006 because of transaction and external management fees, according to a new report from a conservative think-thank.

The Fraser Institute report — released Wednesday — said the total cost of running the CPP jumped to $2 billion in 2012-13, from $600 million in 2006-07.

"Contrary to claims of proponents...

'Economic freedom' and the politics of environmental performance

The Fraser Institute released a report (on Earth Day naturally) claiming that, "air pollution declines as economic freedom rises." PressProgress provided a quick reality check on some of the main idiocies of the report.

But there is more to be said about this report and what...

Indecent proposals: why the Fraser Institute is wrong on immigration

My best guess it that the Fraser Institute expects no one to read the report behind their newest sensationalist press release, in which they claim that the cost of immigrants to Canada is staggeringly high. 

Anyone who looked at the report more closely would find false claims, deliberately misleading arguments, a naive understanding of global...

"Tax Freedom Day": freedom from what, exactly?

Concrete is poured into the foundation of the Trois-Rivieres Regional Hospital.

The Fraser Institute has declared yesterday “Tax Freedom Day”: the day, they claim, that Canadians stop earning wages that go towards income taxes and begin making money that they can spend at their discretion. Fraser's goal is to paint a picture of Canada as an overtaxed country suffering under the weight of big government.

The Fraser Institute’s math on income and taxation has been roundly criticized, including...

Back to the Future, Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute has jumped into the plutonium-powered DeLorean and has gone Back to the Future with their latest report on Canadian taxes.

The Fraser Institute claims that the average Canadian family’s tax bill has soared by 1,787% since 1961.

While that’s a clear exaggeration that ignores inflation, what is...

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