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This is no time for half measures or vague aspirations

Opinion|By David Crane
There’s too much at stake. Failure could mean a poorer country. So this budget really matters.
Opinion|By David Crane
R&D branch plants of Big Tech are using Canadian talent to develop intellectual property to be owned by the corporate parents and used to generate jobs and wealth elsewhere.
Opinion|By David Crane
The Industry Strategy Council, like the Business Council of Canada, and other groups offering advice, are, like the government itself, failing to provide the analysis we need for policies to make a difference.
Opinion|By David Crane
No one can have a 100 per cent crystal ball on the future. But we do need a much better analysis on the future of work.
Opinion|By David Crane
The post-pandemic economy will be different from the pre-pandemic economy. But the fiscal statement—aside from some generalities on green investments—gives little sense of future direction.
Opinion|By David Crane
In both the public and private spheres, including our universities, we are doing far too little to understand this new world and to pro-actively prepare for it.
Opinion|By David Crane
Corporate Canada has two good reasons to contribute to the country’s going-forward strategy.
Opinion|By David Crane
And we need to hear from Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland—and the sooner the better.
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Opinion|By David Crane
Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole is attacking elites, globalization, Bay Street finance, and the corporate focus on shareholder value. It has already caused dismay among traditional Conservative supporters.
Opinion|By David Crane
So which party will have the best answers on how to raise the potential growth rate of the economy? This should be the really critical debate. The outcome will determine our future  for years to come.
Opinion|By David Crane
But it is foolish to make the leap from this to pronounce Canada a world leader in the electric vehicle industry.
Opinion|By David Crane
As we look ahead, the need for a more innovative and productive economy is more urgent than ever, which means that the quality of public policies is critical.
Opinion|By David Crane
We need productive public investment now for a clean and smart post-pandemic economy if we are to avoid long-term unemployment and economic stagnation.
Climate action, the Throne Speech said, 'will be the cornerstone of our plan to support and create a million jobs across the country.' But how will this happen? What is the strategy? Is there a plan?
Opinion|By David Crane
We have yet to face up to the fact that we don’t have an economy that can deliver. We have to rebuild better out of the wreckage of the pandemic econmy for a new, post-pandemic world.
Opinion|By David Crane
It’s time we came to grips with the reality that Canada does not have an economy today that can deliver good jobs and the wealth we need to sustain and expand the public goods we value.
Opinion|By David Crane
While excellent at starting really smart new companies, Israel, like Canada, has much less success in turning these into locally owned multinationals with the potential to create thousands of domestic jobs.
Opinion|By David Crane
We should, as Barry Eichengreen suggests, use the current economic crisis to spark and accelerate a transition, to replace what has been destroyed and improve our potential growth rate.
Opinion|By David Crane
It is time for our business groups and universities to come up with serious ideas rather than just lobbying for more favours or money.
Opinion|By David Crane
September's Throne Speech should outline how the government will help create a better deal for low-income Canadians, in the short and long term.
Opinion|By David Crane
Big changes are on the way, even if we have little understanding on how they will unfold. That’s why we need a better kind of politics and policy-making if we are to manage this successfully.
Opinion|By David Crane
Canada should support coherent, long-term strategy, and reject Trump’s alternative. This should be a key message from the House of Commons Committee on Canada-China Relations.
Opinion|By David Crane
China is not going to disappear. Nor is it going to change its system because we think it should. But we have to have a future relationship with a country that is home to 1.4 billion people.
Opinion|By David Crane
We will need an economy that can deliver good jobs, produce high-value products and services the rest of the world wants to buy and we will need to create the wealth to pay down pandemic deficits.
Opinion|By David Crane
A Biden administration would make much greater use of Buy American laws, with massive increases in public procurement or funding that would be confined to products and services made in the U.S.
Opinion|By David Crane
The government's economic recovery plan should prioritize reducing income inequality.
Opinion|By David Crane
The International Energy Agency, in a new report released on clean energy innovation, it warns that 'without a major acceleration in clean energy innovation, net-zero emissions targets wil not be achievable.'
Opinion|By David Crane
The tech giants, such as Facebook, Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Uber, Microsoft and Apple, are sitting on billions of dollars in cash and are using it to acquire young growth companies, notably their intellectual property.
Opinion|By David Crane
MPs need to restore its role as the central institution in a healthy and relevant democracy.
Opinion|By David Crane
The world has changed—it will be a more difficult, more competitive and less friendly world—and we have to find our place in it. We will need a more muscular economy and strengthened social cohesion.
Opinion|By David Crane
We are all losers in the decline of the Conservative Party as a source of serious ideas for a more successful Canada. A healthy democracy needs a credible opposition to hold the government accountable.
Opinion|By David Crane
One that creates opportunities and domestic markets for the most promising young companies, such as acceleration of smart cities, clean energy, sustainable water systems, new forms of urban design, andagri-food genomics.

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