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Stories by David Crane

Climate change, existential risk should be at the centre of political debate in Canada

Opinion|By David Crane
Climate change represents an unprecedented moral responsibility for one generation to commit to major societal change for the benefit of future generations. Politicians should get on that.
Opinion|By David Crane
The government has committed $35-billion over 11 years to help lever a major commitment of private capital for new infrastructure at a time when governments are hard-pressed to meet massive infrastructure needs.
Opinion|By David Crane
Without better innovation results, we will not provide the good jobs we seek or generate the wealth to support the kind of society we want.
Opinion|By David Crane
It is a sign of the times that in today’s political world, much of the focus is on rescuing the middle class.
Opinion|By David Crane
Liberals and Conservatives provide clearly different climate change policies, yet the reality is that Canada is projected to fall short of meeting its 2030 emissions reduction pledge under either party.
Opinion|By David Crane
Canada will have to do more, not less, to be a responsible stakeholder in the global need for effective climate policies. Both Lib and Conservative pronouncements seem to suggest both are headed in the other direction.
Opinion|By David Crane
Until MPs take charge in our system of representative democracy we will end up with poorer polices than we might otherwise have, leaving Canada worse off than it needs to be.
Opinion|By David Crane
Do we continue along a path that sees Canada as a colonized economy using our own talent and skills to generate prosperity benefits for others?
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Opinion|By David Crane
It's about the kind of world we are creating for today’s children and their future world.
Opinion|By David Crane
John Turner is still passionate about democracy and the central role of politics and public life.
Opinion|By David Crane
The route to better policy is through public engagement. But this seems to be the last thing the Trudeau government wants.
Opinion|By David Crane
Canadians will need to decide who would be best at building a successful economy—and society—for the future. Much is at stake.
Opinion|By David Crane
The party leader’s recent speeches display no real understanding of the world ahead and suggest no solutions to our biggest problems.
Opinion|By David Crane
If Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wins, the outlook could be even worse given his embrace of the Trump administration’s economic war with China, as set out in his recent foreign policy speech.
Opinion|By David Crane
After years of major layoffs, lost customers, and big financial losses, as well as ditching the smart phone business which had once been its huge success, BlackBerry is now a highly competitive software company.
Opinion|By David Crane
The bottom line: 57 per cent of Canadians feel government should do more to ensure their economic and social security. This is not a call for small government or for making tax cuts a priority.
Opinion|By David Crane
There's not a conservative party in Canada that has offered any kind of credible alternative to help the world head off costly and life-threatening climate change.
Opinion|By David Crane
But projections for the next few years suggest it is too low to meet our needs.
Opinion|By David Crane
Trudeau deserves some credit for measures that help the middle class, such as the Child Benefit, expanded CPP, and more emphasis on training. But slow wage growth is the prime reason for stagnant middle-class incomes.
Opinion|By David Crane
If we are to succeed in the face of great disruptions, new thinking and new policies will be critical. We are not there yet.
Opinion|By David Crane
The cost to the federal treasury from the small business tax cut will do far less for Canada’s growth potential than if the same money was being used to build up our young companies with growth potential.
Opinion|By David Crane
Bill Morneau’s budget 2019, while it contained a few useful proposals such as those on training, will be remembered more as an election pamphlet than as a serious contribution to Canada’s most pressing challenges.
Opinion|By David Crane
Is the extradition request simply a cynical card that the Trump administration is playing as part of its negotiation of a new trade deal with China?
Opinion|By David Crane
We need major structural changes, and cultural changes, in our economy to accelerate its transition to a knowledge economy based on investments in intangibles such as R&D, software, branding, and employee training.
Opinion|By David Crane
We need to boldly invest in projects of this sort if Canada is to build on its strengths in hydrogen technology.
Opinion|By David Crane
Improving our productive capacity to meet more of our future needs while leaving fiscal capacity to deal with a recession or other shocks should be the priorities of the 2019 budget.
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.

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