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Fraser Institute supports scrapping long-form census

Virtually alone in the growing outrage over the federal government's decision to scrap the long-form mandatory census, the Fraser Institute threw its support behind the government's decision with its chief economist Niels Veldhuis arguing that "voluntary surveys will yield enough accurate information about the country and critics saying otherwise are members of 'vested interest groups."

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War on public schools rages

The Fraser Institute's school report-card program is merely the opening salvo in a campaign to strip public education of its funding and direct the resources to the private and nonprofit sectors.

Every year the institute spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to compile and disseminate its rankings of elementary and secondary schools. It has undreamed-of support from corporate media, which turn over dozens of pages each year for school rankings in the Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Sun, Toronto Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Windsor Star, and Quebec newsmagazine L'Actualité.

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Financial elite back in the saddle

The good news is that there are still some tickets left for the Fraser Institute's 35th anniversary gala dinner next Monday night in Vancouver. The bad news is that the tickets -- including tables for 10 at $7,000 -- will probably all eventually be sold.

And that means yet more money flowing into the amply filled coffers of an organization that for 3 1/2 decades has worked tirelessly to cut taxes for the rich, undermine public health care, destroy confidence in public education and prevent Canada from joining the global climate change battle.

On Barrick Gold's Peter Munk, his pals and free markets

Photo: flickr/Anita Hart
Follow that money! Barrick Gold's retiring chairman Peter Munk has pumped millions into support for the unfettered free market. Too bad the media won't follow this money.

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Follow the Money, Part 2 -- Barrick Gold's Peter Munk

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Does your consumer spending contribute to attacks on public education?

Photo: flickr/Bobbi Newman
With millions of dollars from the Weston family's vast fortune, the Fraser Institute has attacked public education for over a decade.

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Follow the Money, Part 1 -- The Weston Family

| March 25, 2014

What does a living wage really mean?

| February 6, 2014
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Alberta's 13 most under-reported political news stories of 2013

| December 30, 2013

A Canada without compassion: A modest proposal from the Fraser Institute

| November 15, 2013
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