Cutting Red Tape in Canada: A Regulatory Reform Model for the United States?

As average incomes in countries like Canada and the United States have increased, the demands for better health, safety, and environmental provisions have also increased. Available evidence, while limited, suggests that at least some of these demands have been expressed in an increase in the number of mandatory rules our governments issue. It seems reasonable to assume that some of the increase in the broad regulatory burden is justified regulation and some is red tape.

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