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The Fraser Institute: Report Ranking Fiscal Performance of Provincial Premiers to Be Released Thursday, December 6

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2012) - The Fraser Institute, Canada''s leading public policy think-tank, will release its annual rankings of how Canada''s premiers managed their provincial economies on Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 a.m. (Eastern).

The report, Measuring the Fiscal Performance of Canada''s Premiers 2012, provides an objective, empirical assessment of how Canada''s premiers have managed the public finances of their provinces and whether they have pursued sound long-term economic policies. It ranks 10 provincial premiers (eight current and two former) on three components of fiscal policy: government spending, taxes, and debt and deficits.

"Our report shows which premiers have put their provinces on track for economic growth and which have not," said Charles Lammam, associate director of the Fraser Institute Centre for Tax and Budget Policy and co-author of the report.

A news release with additional information will be issued via Marketwire at 6:30 a.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, December 6.

The full report will also be available as a free PDF download at www.fraserinstitute.org.

Lammam will be in Toronto and available for media interviews the day of the release.

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The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of 86 think-tanks. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute''s independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit www.fraserinstitute.org.