Alex Whalen

Policy Analyst

Alex Whalen is a Policy Analyst with the Fraser Institute and coordinator for many of the activities for the recently launched Atlantic Canada division. Prior to joining the Institute, Alex was the Vice-President of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), which merged with the Fraser Institute in November 2019. He is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where he focused on business and tax law, and of the UPEI Business School, where he focused on economics and entrepreneurship. He brings prior experience as an entrepreneur, business manager, and freelance writer to his work at the Institute. His writing has appeared in the National Post, Chronicle-Herald, Telegraph-Journal, Prince Arthur Herald, Charlottetown Guardian, Journal Pioneer, and UPEI School of Business Magazine. A native of Summerside, PEI, he writes regularly on public finance, taxation, municipal affairs, and economics.

Recent Research by Alex Whalen

— Nov 30, 2021
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The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in Atlantic Canada

The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in Atlantic Canada is a new study that finds health-care expenditures in the region will increase 4.2 per cent in New Brunswick, 4.7 per cent in Nova Scotia, 5.1 per cent in Newfoundland & Labrador, and 5.6 per cent in Prince Edward Island annually (on average) over the next 20 years. As a result of the region’s changing demographics, none may balance their budget until at least 2040/41 unless changes are made to spending.

— Sep 2, 2021
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Voting with Their Feet: Migration in Atlantic Canada

Voting with their feet: Migration in Atlantic Canada is a new study that finds from 2000/01 to 2019/20, 66,396 more residents left Atlantic Canada for provinces outside the region compared to people outside of the region moving to Atlantic Canada. In addition, young, working-aged people disproportionately left the region during this period. A total of 74.3 per cent of Atlantic Canada’s interprovincial outmigrants during this period moved to Alberta and Ontario.

— Jun 24, 2021
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Fiscal Lessons for Atlantic Canada from Saskatchewan

Fiscal lessons for Atlantic Canada from Saskatchewan is a new study that examines how Atlantic Canada, faced with ongoing budget deficits, can learn from Saskatchewan’s fiscal reforms during the 1990s, when the province went from the brink of insolvency to reducing taxes on personal income, businesses and investment, spurring economic growth.