Matthew Lau

Matthew Lau is a Canadian writer, primarily on economic principles and fiscal policy.

Bio last modified July 31st, 2020.
Articles by Matthew Lau
  • Unmasking the Benefits of Globalization

    Matthew Lau

    COVID-19 has sparked calls to recover domestic production of goods from pharmaceuticals to personal protective equipment. Raising a contrary voice, Matthew Lau argues for recognizing globalization as the good that comes from economic interconnection.

  • A Task Worth Undertaking

    Matthew Lau

     Matthew Lau offers a perspective on Preston Manning’s new book, Do Something, which exhorts Canadians to rescue ethical democracy.  

  • Need to Know

    Matthew Lau

    Contributor Matthew Lau argues education should be tailored to particular needs of students rather than cultivating elementary common life. What do Convivium readers think? We’d love to have your voice join the conversation.

  • Private Generosity for Public Good

    Matthew Lau

    Canadians’ charitable donations as percentage of their income are at a 20-year low. Substituting government services in place of charitable gifts is not a worthy trend, writes contributor Matthew Lau.

  • No Sense Gambling With Bill Gates

    Matthew Lau

    Contributor Matthew Lau argues leaving the Microsoft mega billionaire’s wealth in his own hands contributes trillions more to the common good than taxing away his entire fortune.

  • Who Will Win Monday’s Vote?

    Matthew Lau

    Given that most election platforms amount to buying votes with other people’s money, writes Matthew Lau, it’s the rich who pay, the poor who suffer, and the middle class that scoops up the winnings.

  • Licking The Immigration Numbers Game

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    Matthew Lau argues setting the ideal annual number of newcomers to Canada makes as much sense as predicting the number of ice cream cones Torontonians will eat on the weekend.

  • Charter Beef

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    Alberta’s charter schools outperform their government-run counterparts yet local school boards have an effective veto over their existence. That makes as much sense, contributor Matthew Lau argues, as letting Harvey’s decide what’s served at the Golden Arches.