Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
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ECONOMY & INNOVATION
Future long-term oil price estimates essential for public, private sectors

Progress on technological change will be challenged by the arrival of two billion more people on this planet by 2040, a much larger global middle class and a global economy 244 per cent bigger, according to the OPEC oil report.


  
‘A more active role for government in the competitive market’ is needed

Economists assume that free market-oriented policies, such as boosting competition, embracing free trade and cutting taxes and regulations drive economic growth. ‘But Canada has not experienced the boon in productivity which many had hoped these policies would bring,’ says a new report.


  
Party leaders’ campaign promises don’t align with Canada’s biggest challenges

The biggest economic challenge is how to build an innovative, knowledge-based economy, with good jobs and a higher rate of productivity growth.


  
Recession or not, Canada’s economy is underperforming

We should worry less about a budget deficit and focus more on why we need a public investment strategy.


  
Changing nature of jobs is what’s ailing middle class

Our political parties seem much more focused on a return to the past economy than seeking ways to thrive in a new economy. This is bad news for the middle class.


  
Balanced budget should not be first priority

The reality is that government has a crucial role to play through its investments in fostering innovation and growth.


  
U.S. politics will push TPP onto Canadian election agenda

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will have to make some hard decisions just weeks before Canada’s election day.


  
Parties shed little light on how to revive and recharge the economy

Canadians are not much the wiser after the first televised leaders’ debate.


  
Harper never had much of a Plan B for Canadian economy: David Crane

Its priority from the start has been to make Canada an ‘energy superpower,’ relying on aggressive development of the Alberta oil sands and pipelines to carry rising volumes of oil to U.S. and Asian markets, with the assumption this would generate strong growth, jobs and rising tax revenues.


  
Our economy is in serious trouble: David Crane

While the Harper government could not necessarily have foreseen a sharp drop in oil and other commodity prices, it chose to ignore the warnings.


  
Harper government has enormous obligation to farmers if it abandons supply management

  
Party platforms coming up short on environment

Canadians need, before the October election, to know which political party has the most credible action plan as the world struggles to avert catastrophic climate change.


  
Productivity central to Canada's future well-being

Raising our productivity performance for a better economic future is not a quick-fix challenge. It will take much effort, including better understanding of why productivity performance is weak.


  
Premier Notley's challenge: take Alberta to its next stage of development, including a more sustainable energy industry

There are two big factors working against the oil sands that will curb future growth. One is economic, with the dramatic fall in oil prices making investment in new oil sands plants less attractive. The other is the urgent need to address climate change much more aggressively, which also puts future oil sands investments at risk.


  
We can and should act to avoid catastrophic climate change

'There is a pathway to better growth that is staring us in the face, but has yet to be set out by any of the major parties as a future direction for our country: to make Canada a nation leading the way to a truly low-carbon economy,' writes David Crane.


  
Canada making serious mistake believing future will be as energy superpower: Crane

We should be thinking much harder about alternative ways to grow our future economy for the jobs and wealth we’ll need to sustain a decent standard of living.


  
Climate change plan should be priority for political parties in 2015 election: Crane

All federal political parties face a spotlight glare on climate, says columnist David Crane. Which will be willing to offer real and clear choices on our energy-environment future, with credible policies to back their plans up?


  
Canada needs political leadership to fight climate change: Harper’s failing, Mulcair has outlines, Trudeau’s waffling

There is now no hope of meeting our international commitment to lower annual greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 by 17 per cent below the 2005 level.


  
If things are so good, why do Canadians feel so lousy?

It won’t be that easy moving us to stronger growth and job creation. But we surely should do everything we can to improve the life chances for all Canadians rather than resigning ourselves to slow growth and diminished expectations.


  
Federal government an extraordinarily secretive organization

If we are to have engaged public policy discussion that draws on the collective knowledge, experience and ideas of Canadians we should end up with better policies. This applies to almost every area of public policy.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs party under the stars, B.C. politicos come to Ottawa Feb. 8, 2016

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Party Under the Stars was held on Feb. 3 at Ottawa City Hall. Conservative MPs Erin O'Toole and Steven Blaney dancing with performer Jully Black. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. Sajjan and Ms. Elliott.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa city councillor Jody Mitic.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Peter Kent.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Jully Black with emcee of the evening Sarah Freemark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MPs at Wednesday's reception.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Harjit Sajjan and Sukh Dhaliwal.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal B.C. MP Hedy Fry.

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