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Divisive debate over globalization underway in Canada

By David Crane      

It is a debate between the winners and the losers from globalization and technological change, between businesses worried about profits and employees concerned about pay and working conditions, perhaps even between a society based on winner-take-all versus a society of collective responsibility.

These issues will be front and centre in the upcoming Ontario election campaign, where Progressive Conservative leadership candidates are pledging to put a hold on Liberal Kathleen Wynne’s plans to boost the minimum wage to $15 and initiatives to increase worker rights in the workplace, as well as to pull back on carbon pricing. We can expect a similar campaign in Alberta. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—A divisive political debate is underway in Canada. It is a debate between the winners and the losers from globalization and technological change, between businesses worried about profits and employees concerned about pay and working conditions, perhaps even between a society based on winner-take-all versus a society of collective responsibility.

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