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Fraser Macdonald
Fraser MacdonaldFellow, Capitalism Policy

Fraser Macdonald is a lawyer and public affairs consultant. He joins the Canadian Freedom Institute as a Fellow and will be researching and writing primarily on economic policy issues.

He has worked at senior levels on campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, and worked at the Manning Centre teaching campaign fundamentals across the country.

As a lawyer, Fraser has worked at large international law firms in Australia, London (UK) and on Bay Street in Toronto, working primarily in banking and finance law.

As a public affairs consultant, he assists clients engage with the public and with governments across Canada and offers strategic advice to clients as wide-ranging as arts organizations, industry associations and blue chip healthcare companies.

How tax dollars become dividends

By |February 4th, 2021|Fraser Macdonald, Popular Capitalism|

The unfortunate layoffs this week of over 200 Bell employees have served as a reminder of how large corporations are able to game the system and take windfall profits off the back of taxpayers while small businesses across the country struggle to keep the lights on. This came hours after the conclusion of Bell’s annual Bell Let’s Talk, a corporate social responsibility campaign aimed at increasing the company’s heart-share among Canadians by encouraging conversations about mental health.

Is GameStop a new front for Popular Capitalism?

By |February 1st, 2021|Fraser Macdonald, Popular Capitalism|

If you’ve read the news in the past couple of weeks, or been keeping up with the memes on social media, you’ll have heard something about Reddit, angry hedge funds, a supposedly dying video game retail company, and all the hot takes that come with these types of events. First, the facts. On the site, the r/WallStreetBets forum went on a hunt for companies with heavy hedge fund bets against them. GameStop, the world’s largest video game retail store, battered by the move to online sales and failed investments into other areas, ended up being the home run.

Making work pay

By |December 9th, 2020|Fraser Macdonald, Popular Capitalism|

One of the most fundamental public policy challenges over the past 30-40 years has been the further distancing between the so-called working class and the middle class and what can or should be done by governments in response. The tired socialist response of wealth redistribution, either through government programs or direct monetary transfers, is both counterproductive and ineffectual. So, what is the popular capitalist response to this challenge? First things first – we must acknowledge that there are many definitions of these terms, the key distinction between working and middle class in this column is that the middle class have some degree of capital or equity available to them (often in their home), while the working class does not.

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