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.

Episodes

July 5, 2022 76 mins

Professor at Claremont Graduate University, economics and neuroscience expert and senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, Paul Zak, joins me this week to discuss the relationship between empathy and brain chemistry, which proves Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, and how as a consequence these ideas are embedded in civilizations. We even get into how exactly morality is measured in the brain, and how it connects to operating...

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Best-selling author of 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith, founder of 100 Plus Capital, Chair of the Alliance for Longevity Initiatives, and senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, Sonia Arrison, joins me this week to discuss maintaining health with technological advancements, and the policy implications that naturally follow. We ...

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Former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the last surviving signatory of the Charter, the Hon. Brian Peckford, joins me this week to discuss the history of the province, his now third trip to the Supreme Court of Canada, and the potential fallout from vaccine mandates. We even get into the nuances of the Constitution of Canada and what COVID has meant for charter rights.

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Associate professor of economics at the University of Lethbridge and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Danny Le Roy, joins me this week to discuss the politics and economics of the dairy industry and agriculture in Canada, specifically how supply management works. We even get into who the real winners and losers are under this model.

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De Santis Distinguished Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Douglas Cumming, joins me this week to discuss all the different means of crowdsourcing and entrepreneurship. We even get into how Canada differs from the States in this department.

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Research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Holly Fretwell, joins me this week in honour of Earth Day to discuss free market approaches to conservation. We even get into the surprising but effective ways property rights and the environment work hand-in-hand. 

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Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, the director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center, and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Peter J. Boettke, joins me this week to discuss the politics and economics of the Soviet Union, and how they eventually shifted to more open markets. We even...

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Professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Gary Mauser,  joins me this week to discuss  gun policy in Canada, specifically Ottawa's 'buy-back' program. We even get into different firearm classifications and what exactly is meant by 'assault-style' weapons.

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Associate director of education policy at the Fraser Institute, Paige MacPherson, joins me this week to discuss school choice in Canada, the growing popularity of learning pods, and the impact COVID has had on educational outcomes. We even get into how many parents are beginning to rethink the public education model.

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Professor of law at Queen's University and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Bruce Pardy, joins me this week to talk discuss judicial activism, negative and positive rights, as well as law in theory vs. law in practice. We even get into the role of the Charter during Covid.

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Professor of economics at the department of economics and business at Colorado College and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Kristina Acri, joins me this week to discuss pharmaceutical economics and the role intellectual property plays in the pharmaceutical industry. We even get into the pros and cons of pharmaceutical IP, both in the long and short-term.

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Research professor in the School of Engineering, Design and Computing at the University of Colorado-Denver, co-director of the Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics, and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Lynne Kiesling, joins me this week to talk about the role electricity markets play in incentivizing business and the multifaceted policy implications that come with them. We even discuss the fam...

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Professor emeritus (economics) at Nipissing University and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Christopher Sarlo, joins me this week to talk about the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), as well as poverty and inequality in Canada. We even discuss the value of the poverty line.

 

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Professor of economics and former economics department chair at George Mason University,  and senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, Don Boudreaux, joins me this week to discuss the minimum wage, the morality behind the concept, and both the intended and unintended consequences. We even discuss the differences between minimum wage in Canada and the US.

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Resident Scholar at the Fraser Institute, Steven Globerman, joins me this week to discuss productivity, the 4-day work week, and the outlook for inflation in Canada. We even discuss how productivity should best be measured to optimize profit and employee preference.

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Senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Kenneth Green, joins me this week to discuss the issue of modelling in public policy, and how people often carry errors through reliance on particular models. We even get into regulation, carbon taxes, and environmental economics.

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Instructor of economics at Texas Christian University, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, and author of Fraser's Impact of Economic Freedom And Women’s Well-Being report, Rosemarie Fike, joins me this week to discuss the role economic freedom plays in women's welfare across the globe, and how well-intended policy often boils down to symptomatic treatment rather than holistic solutions. We even discuss the gender wage gap.

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Associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Pierre Desrochers, joins me this week to discuss environmentalism, free market policy alternatives, and the local food movement. We even get into fossil fuel divestment campaigns in universities.

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Senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and former policy analyst at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Joseph Quesnel,  joins me this week to discuss aboriginal entrepreneurship and the relationship between Indigenous autonomy, reconciliation, and the government of Canada. 

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Former chief economic analyst for Statistics Canada and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, Philip Cross, joins me this week to discuss the relationship between minimum wage and poverty rates, and the state of markets in Canada. We even discuss the impact, and costs, of a wealth tax in Canada.

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