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Stories by David Crane

Business Council of Canada to tell us how we can ‘significantly improve’ our ability to compete for jobs, investment

Opinion|By David Crane
The ability to meet future social aspirations for a healthy, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous society for all, depends on innovation and the abilibility to generate wealth and opportunity.
Opinion|By David Crane
They are on a growth trajectory. If we want middle-class jobs then the focus must be on growth companies, not small businesses just because they are small.
Opinion|By David Crane
The world is changing in disruptive, powerful, and transformative ways and Canada can’t escape the consequences.
Ensuring a high level of trust is the critical factor for a successful society. People are resilient and can live with the ups and downs of economic cycles. But we're not there yet.
Opinion|By David Crane
There are many other elements to Canada’s foreign policy. But headline events are the ones most likely to impact voters. How important foreign policy will be in the election outcome remains to be seen. But it seems unlik
Opinion|By David Crane
Donald Trump is undermining Canada’s bid to establish closer economic ties with China, pushing Canada to take the U.S. side in his aggressive economic and trade war against China.
Opinion|By David Crane
While Canada can proudly call itself a player in some fields, Navdeep Bains and other members of the Trudeau government do the country a disservice by hyping our capabilities.
Opinion|By David Crane
The challenge is to improve our productivity performance so that the economic pie is larger and, at the same time, find new ways to ensure that the pie is more fairly shared.
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Opinion|By David Crane
While Morneau’s recent fiscal outlook portrayed a country on the right track, a group of former high-level public servants, now in the private sector, has a much more sober message about prospects over the coming decade.
Opinion|By David Crane
But Bill Morneau's speech was too much a boastful bromide better suited for a partisan political rally than a sober and frank accounting of the core economic challenges facing the country and the risks they pose to futur
Opinion|By David Crane
This means investments in infrastructure, education and talent, universities and other research institutions, housing and cultural and recreational amenities, and access to high-speed broadband.
Opinion|By David Crane
The issue of the future Canada-China relationship comes at a critical time, as Canada urgently seeks ways to reduce its economic dependence on the U.S. by diversifying its trade and investment partners.
Opinion|By David Crane
What is it that gets into our politicians? Is it all about winning? Do the means come to justify the ends?
Opinion|By David Crane
While Toronto has emerged as one of the talent and research hot spots in the world of AI, it is also where there is a growing and much-needed attention to the economic impact and social challenges of AI.
Opinion|By David Crane
But this is not the time for yet another cut in the business corporate tax rate or in the tax rate for high-income Canadians. It is the time, though, for a more honest debate on competitiveness.
Opinion|By David Crane
If we recognized as a country that the only way we can meet our future needs is through innovation-led productivity growth, then we would be on the right track. But we are not there yet.
Opinion|By David Crane
Even the new name reflects that we have moved from a North American free trade agreement to a U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement.
Opinion|By David Crane
By making frailty a priority in health care and social policy, governments can help Canadians to 'not only live longer, but live better as well.' It's a worthy national goal.
Opinion|By David Crane
Boosting our productivity performance so that we can raise the growth potential of the economy is—and in the process addressing income inequality and environmental sustainability.
Opinion|By David Crane
But Finance Minister Bill Morneau should put the brakes on boasting. While the headline numbers look good, digging down into those numbers shows that Canadians still face many challenges.
Opinion|By David Crane
The Trudeau government has made the Conservative approach easier. While moving in the right direction, they have failed to provide the necessary leadership to persuade Canadians on the importance of climate action.
Opinion|By David Crane
The Mexican and U.S. governments barred Canada from the NAFTA negotiations, and are now threatening Canada with penalties if it doesn't sign up for the deal they negotiated.
Opinion|By David Crane
Canada currently sits in the middle of the pack among OECD countries in terms of poverty and income inequality.
Opinion|By David Crane
Canada's aging society will pressure the new minister to find better solutions for housing, health care, and post-retirement income for seniors, writes David Crane.
Opinion|By David Crane
The world is slowly but surely moving to a low-carbon economy, and Canada better jump on board.
Opinion|By David Crane
Having two trade ministers instead of one may make for good political optics—suggesting a lot more is being done even if it isn’t. But if Canada is to be more successful in the global economy it will take more than exhortations from Jim Carr and Mary Ng to export more.
Opinion|By David Crane
This is surely a compelling investment for a more inclusive economy, opening more opportunities for women, while also building better life chances for the youngest Canadians.
Opinion|By David Crane
Clearly, we need much greater attention to the productivity/innovation/competitiveness challenge if we are to successfully transition to an aging society, sustain the public programs we value.
Opinion|By David Crane
The answer is to make the transition to a low-carbon world, one where we replace fossil fuels with other sources of energy, such as hydropower, nuclear power, and the new technologies of solar, wind, and hydrogen.
Opinion|By David Crane
Finance Minister Bill Morneau should reward companies that actually make productive investments, for example, by boosting an investment tax credit, writes columnist David Crane.
Opinion|By David Crane
There is a different kind of refugee/asylum-seeking crisis brewing and this time it is the Liberals who are on the defensive.
Opinion|By David Crane
We are underperformers when it comes to turning our smart and clever startup companies into much larger scaled-up companies that can generate future jobs, exports, and the tax revenues that come from business success.

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