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Dr. Brian Day finally gets his day in court … and the government still tried to silence him

Dr. Brian Day finally gets his day in court … and the government still tried to silence him

Sep 19 2018

September 19, 2018 After literally a decade of litigation, Dr. Brian Day finally got his day in court. He took the stand on Monday in the long-running Charter challenge brought by the Cambie Surgery Centre, which Dr. Day founded, and four patient plaintiffs who have been affected by delays and

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Annual Report 2017/2018

Annual Report 2017/2018

Sep 12 2018

Our annual report for 2017/2018 is now available to view online. You can download it along with our reports from past years here.

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Healthcare Freedom Trial Update

Healthcare Freedom Trial Update

Sep 05 2018

Dear friend and supporter! After a relatively quiet summer, I wanted to provide you with an update on our Charter challenge on behalf of patients suffering on growing healthcare waiting lists. The good news is that after the summer recess, the Cambie healthcare case is back and moving forward (hopefully

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Thank you, Claus!

Thank you, Claus!

Aug 02 2018

After over two decades of service to the Canadian Constitution Foundation, Claus Jensen has stepped down as a director. Claus was one of the original founders who helped organize the CCF. He then joined the Board after we were incorporated in 2002. All Canadians owe Claus a deep debt of

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Not Admitted Free: Interprovincial trade barriers in alcohol

Not Admitted Free: Interprovincial trade barriers in alcohol

Jun 29 2018

Published on June 29, 2018 by Canadian Constitution Foundation, this report takes a critical look at Canada’s interprovincial barriers to trade in alcohol. Comparing and ranking the provinces, the report considers factors such as: price relative to other goods, openness to interprovincial trade, range of products available, whether provincial regulations

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Alberta, B.C. trade tiff takes us in wrong direction

Alberta, B.C. trade tiff takes us in wrong direction

Feb 20 2018

The joke on social media following the Alberta government’s decision to boycott B.C. wine was British Columbians saying, “More for us!” But obstructing trade between Canada’s provinces is no laughing matter, and in the long run means less for all of us. The dust-up began Jan. 30 as the B.C.

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Barriers violate founder’s vision

Barriers violate founder’s vision

Sep 13 2017

It turns out our Fathers of Confederation knew what they were doing. One hundred and fifty years ago, they faced an American administration turning inward and protectionist. The year before, in 1866, President Andrew Johnson had torn up the Reciprocity Treaty, our first free-trade agreement with the United States. They

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The government needs to rethink its proposed legislation to amend The Tobacco Act, and instead base its policies on the evidence

The government needs to rethink its proposed legislation to amend The Tobacco Act, and instead base its policies on the evidence

Sep 08 2017

The backlash against “evidence-based policy” turns out to have been unnecessary: the fad was over before it started. This is hardly surprising, considering very few politicians who drop the phrase into their stump speeches can explain what it means. While the phrase still finds its way into the odd government

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When the police come knocking over feisty Facebook comments

When the police come knocking over feisty Facebook comments

Aug 02 2017

“In some countries, insulting politicians can lead to jail.” That’s the provocative subtitle of a recent article in The Economist that lumped Canada in with Burma, China and Vietnam as countries that still prosecute citizens who defame public officials. It may come as a surprise to find ourselves in such

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