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    Canadians experience long wait time for care

    In the June edition of Carolina Journal, I wrote a column titled “American Should Be Skeptical of Single-Payer Promises.” Different flavors of Medicare for all or public options have been a focal point of the 2020 Democratic primary. Many…
    Jordan Roberts, August 6, 2019
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    2012 ranking of economic freedom: USA slips another slot to 10th, further behind Canada

    The Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal have just released their 2012 ranking of nations according to economic freedom, and here are the top ten: 1 Hong Kong; 2 Singapore; 3 Australia; 4 New Zealand; 5 Switzerland; 6 Canada; 7 Chile; 8 Mauritius; 9 Ireland; 10 United States. While still in there, the United States dropped one place from last year's 9th, and the nation continues to be further behind Canada, at least according to this index. The United States' ranking is also vulnerable, since Denmark, which came in at 11th, was behind by a razor-thin margin of 0.1 out of the potential 100 points. The researchers classify any nation with a score above 80 as "free," but only the top five nations managed that. Both the United States (76.3) and Canada (79.9) received classifications as "mostly free." While the United States remains the nation with the greatest degree of labor freedom, the other news is bleak, to say the least.
    Fergus Hodgson, January 12, 2012
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    A medicine shortage? Duh, let in imports.

    Obama’s latest executive order, out on Monday, decries the shortage of pharmaceutical drugs. His proposals, however, will do nothing to increase supply; rather, they push for more paperwork and counterproductive lawsuits. As I point out in my latest commentary with The Future of Freedom Foundation, “Eliminate Medicine…
    Fergus Hodgson, November 4, 2011
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    A budget triumph: Canada’s recent past

    In 1993, Canada's federal debt was equal to 67 percent of the nation's annual economic output, and in 1995 the Wall Street Journal called it an honorary member of the third world. How times have changed. By 2009, that level of debt had fallen to 29 percent of economic output, and Canada's debt appears to be far more manageable than that of the United States. So how did they do it?
    Fergus Hodgson, August 24, 2011
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    Canada is Conservative

    Yes, there was an election in Canada and Conservatives won big.  Conservative Stephen Harper was re-elected prime minister and his party won 167 seats.  The NDP [New Democratic Party] gained 102, Liberals won 34, the Bloc Québécois scored four, and the Green Party squeaked out one.  It was a humiliating defeat…
    Terry Stoops, May 3, 2011