It wasn’t for lack of information. The committee held 12 days of hearings and heard from 66 business and other organizations, as well as individuals, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and senior Canadian negotiators. The MPs visited nine different U.S. cities, from Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Denver to Detroit, Chicago, Columbus, Milwaukee and Washington. They had lots to work with—and could have demanded more. But they didn't.
PUBLISHED : Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
How well, or poorly, Canada handles each of these negotiations may very well determine whether it wins the 2019 federal election—and whether the much-vaunted middle class faces a richer or poorer future. Trade policy will test all of the government’s skills, or lack thereof.
PUBLISHED : Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Dealing with climate change won’t be easy, especially for a government so anxious to claim bragging rights in the international community.
The Trudeau government does at least seem to be trying, which is more than can be said of its predecessors. But there is a big difference between boastful aspiration and actual delivery. Implementation is still a challenge.
PUBLISHED : Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
With the council’s work at an end, now would be a good time for the government to re-establish an arm’s length economic research agency to conduct independent and non-partisan basic research on the Canadian economy and to advocate policy.
PUBLISHED : Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
While Canada and China may reach future agreements on specific issues, such as those already negotiated on tourism or investment, it would be surprising to see a comprehensive free trade agreement any time soon, at least not before 2025, if then. Neither country is ready.
PUBLISHED : Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
A new study on the future of jobs and work by the McKinsey Global Institute warns that between now and 2030 as many as 375 million workers worldwide may need to switch occupations and learn new skills, as many of today’s jobs will be lost to automation.
PUBLISHED : Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
Canada’s future role, if there is to be one, will depend on the quality of our workforce, the quality of our infrastructure, the investments we make to scale up promising high-tech auto parts companies, the price of electricity, land and labour and, like it or not, the role of subsidies in investment attraction and retention.
PUBLISHED : Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Climate Action Tracker, a European initiative that tracks climate change policies and results in 32 countries, has rated Canada’s Paris climate plans as 'insufficient,' claiming that Canada was taking a questionable shortcut to make its climate goals seem more ambitious than they really are by claiming forestry and land use as credits for emissions reductions.
PUBLISHED : Monday, Nov. 13, 2017