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Stories by David Crane

Canada needs to raise the rate of productivity growth so there’s more to share

Opinion|By David Crane
That’s the challenge of the next federal budget. So Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland should get the priorities right.
Opinion|By David Crane
With the U.S. drumming up an anti-China Cold War, and pressing us to join, it’s vital that Canada independently determine its own best interests rather than being dragged along by America.
Opinion|By David Crane
This is a high-stakes exercise. Success would open the door to improved stability and the potential for progress in many critical areas. Failure would mean escalating enmity and instability, potential military conflict.
Opinion|By David Crane
Parliament is not working to the benefit of Canada, but it’s not evident that many MPs care. And if Parliament is falling well short of what it's supposed to do, how can we say that democracy is alive and well in Canada?
Opinion|By David Crane
Freeland’s rose-coloured view of the world does more harm than good because it induces complacency, which is the last thing we need. It will take much better analysis and harder thinking to achieve a better Canada.
Opinion|By David Crane
Canada’s future is imperilled, they say, unless we move to investment-led growth that generates new wealth, exports, and jobs rather than continuing consumption-led growth that depends on rising debt.
Opinion|By David Crane
Canada's Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is responsible for Canada’s policy at the World Bank. She should be pushing hard for Canada to lead the campaign to save Afghanistan’s children through restored World Bank aid.
Opinion|By David Crane
America First is now a bipartisan U.S. priority, with the Biden administration just as fixated on America First as the Trump administration was, if not more so. It can do much more damage to the Canadian economy.
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Opinion|By David Crane
We will need top research and engineering talent and skilled workers if the industry is to succeed. And the electric grid itself will have to expand significantly.
Opinion|By David Crane
Our approach to China and the Indo-Pacific world should be based on our national interest, which means we need a world able to deal with the big challenges that increasingly are universal rather than national.
Opinion|By David Crane
Chrystia Freeland’s responsibility is to do much better in the 2022 budget. The alternative is a poorer and weaker Canada and a brain-drain as our talent pursues opportunities elsewhere.
Opinion|By David Crane
Budget 2021 gives Champagne billions of new dollars to spend on innovation. But how will he spend it? What are the goals for each of his spending initiatives? What analysis is there to allocate this money effectively?
Opinion|By David Crane
Announcing billion-dollar programs and declaring us a world leader is one thing, but actually having a plan that delivers measurable results with actual accomplishments is quite another.
Opinion|By David Crane
But with special focus on the lowest quintiles. Writing bigger, and unconditional cheques for the provinces won’t achieve this.
Opinion|By David Crane
The Trudeau government should let the U.S. know that Canada’s commitment is to strengthening global governance through cooperation and collaboration, not the U.S. policy of confrontation.
Opinion|By David Crane
Right now we are spending a lot of money but we don’t knowing whether it is effective or if it will deliver the innovative economy we urgently need. This must change.
Opinion|By David Crane
This is not a trivial matter. Canada faces urgent challenges. There are no easy silver bullets that will overcome our economic, social, and environmental challenges, just hard choices.
Opinion|By David Crane
Promises are one thing, but successful implementation with promised results are quite another. High expectations without the capacity to deliver is the big risk.
Opinion|By David Crane
Despite the pettiness of much of the campaign, Canadians are being asked to make important choices that will shape the kind of country we'll become in future years. Nowhere is that choice clearer than on climate change.
Opinion|By David Crane
Without well-funded, publicly-accessible research into the needs of Canada's economy, we won't get a serious public conversation about how to improve it.
Opinion|By David Crane
The U.S. has a long history of threatening protectionist measures that would harm Canada's economy. We need to find more partners with which to exchange goods and investments.
Opinion|By David Crane
We can't plan improvements to our economy if we can't properly measure it. Canada's statistics agency is looking for new data to help us do that.
Opinion|By David Crane
The latest IPCC report should give our politicians the spine they have lacked so far to make clear to the public the enormous future risks we face and why far-reaching action is needed now to avert future disasters.
Opinion|By David Crane
Our world will become even more crowded and more threatening in the years ahead. Our best hope for a safer and more secure world will be a diverse one in which democracies shine by example and can co-exist with other sys
Opinion|By David Crane
When Canadian taxpayers finance the development of new intellectual property, the question is whether there is any organized strategy to first seek a potential Canadian company to exploit the new knowledge.
Opinion|By David Crane
The world is changing on us and those societies that fare best in the future world will be those best prepared to understand and deal with change.
Opinion|By David Crane
We have to focus much more on what we can do, and this has to be led by Canadian companies and individuals to drive innovation-led growth. This is why the scale-up of Canadian companies is critical.
Opinion|By David Crane
Defending that national interest will require much spine, as it did when we disagreed with the U.S. on Vietnam, Cuba, or Iraq. In many respects, the country we fear most is not China, but the United States.
Opinion|By David Crane
Pre-pandemic problems will remain and we have few ideas on how to put Canada on a better course for the longer-term future—one that generates the jobs and wealth to sustain a more productive, sustainable, and equitable.
Opinion|By David Crane
Creating a new Cold War, this time with China, is both dangerous and counter-productive. It would divide the world into hostile blocs that would make everyone worse off economically, raise the risk of  nuclear war.
Opinion|By David Crane
Now, it seems, the G7 answer is to blame many of the world’s problems on China with the U.S. pushing G7 partners to become allies in a costly and dangerous new Cold War. The challenge is for the G7 to lead by example.
Opinion|By David Crane
So far, Canada lacks a plan. But there is strong pressure from the United States for a North American battery ecosystem, though one which seems to see Canada principally as a source of raw materials.
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