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It’s showtime: Morneau’s economic advisory council calls for $15-billion skills development initiative, tax cuts, policy changes

By David Crane      

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.

Get this show on the road: Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, pictured Dec. 13 in the Commons foyer. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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TORONTO—Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth has issued its third and final report. Chaired by Dominic Barton, global managing director of the consultancy McKinsey & Company, the 14-member council was appointed early last year and held its first meeting in May 2016. It has been busy since then, producing three sets of reports in just 18 months. Its mandate was to help develop a growth agenda to move Canada forward over the next 15 years.

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