Danielle Smith's Fraser Forum

Danielle Smith's Fraser Forum

Danielle Smith is back in the saddle hosting Canada's premier public policy podcast. An initiative of the Fraser Institute, Canada's top think tank, Danielle explores the economy, the environment, health care, government policy, and lots more with in-depth interviews with leading experts from around the world.

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October 15, 2021 95 min

Research fellow at the Independent Institute, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, acclaimed author and economist, Robert Murphy, joins me this week to discuss climate policy, and just how natural disasters are measured in Canada and across the globe. We even discuss energy markets and carbon taxes, and what's the most effective path forward relative to the country's needs.

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Professor emeritus of political science and distinguished fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, chair of aboriginal futures at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Tom Flanagan, joins me this week to discuss Aboriginal well-being and how many well-intended policies end up impeding the communities they aim to help. We even discuss government expenditures and t...

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Education expert, senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, and professor emeritus at Western University, Derek J. Allison, shares his views on educational choice, or lack thereof, in Ontario and Canada more broadly. We explore the negative outcomes for students and parents alike, and even compare the school choice models adopted by Canada's neighbours.

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Fraser Institute senior fellow and professor of economics at George Mason University, Vincent Geloso, dives into the specifics of Quebec's experience with subsidized daycare to answer an important question: is this a flawed policy model? We also discuss the impact on mothers, children, daycare business models, and who winds up shouldering the burden.

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Health policy expert Nadeem Esmail shares his views on Canada’s long wait lists for medical treatment and the Canada Health Act. We also discuss what Canada could learn from other universally accessible health-care systems around the world, and much more.

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Is a carbon tax the best way to combat emissions in Canada? Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics at the University of Guelph, joins me to discuss environmental policy in Canada and the oft-ignored economic impact. We also discuss various models of the carbon tax and the limitations of the technology involved.

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What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions had on a global scale? Livio Di Matteo, Professor of Economics at Lakehead University, joins me to talk about what’s working and what’s redundant. We also discuss hospital beds, debt accumulation, and what Canada should be aiming for post-COVID.

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Glenn Fox, retired Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph, joins me for a discussion on environmental policy in Canada and the surprising yet critical role markets play. We even dive into free market environmentalism and Professor Fox’s storied past with author Elizabeth Brubaker.

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Niels Veldhuis, President of the Fraser Institute, Canada’s top public policy think tank, joins me for a discussion on public policy and the shape of our economy. We also chat about the country’s premier think tank: its past, present and future.

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