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Economy will dominate the political landscape for rest of Liberal mandate

By Murray Dobbin      

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes he can have it both ways: tinker a bit with some neo-Keynsian policies of intervention but stay in the big boys club and avoid Bay Street condemnation by signing the TPP. Unfortunately it simply doesn’t work that way.

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POWELL RIVER, B.C.—Place your bets. Will Justin Trudeau and his economic advisers choose a neo-Keynesian approach to the growing economic disaster facing the country or will it stick to the neoliberal ideology that has been the stock response of Liberal and Conservative governments for the past 30 years? Trudeau’s planned deficits (though very modest ones) for three or four years suggests the possibility of a return to government intervention in the economy. But his infrastructure program is not really

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