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.
Even the new name reflects that we have moved from a North American free trade agreement to a U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canada currently sits in the middle of the pack among OECD countries in terms of poverty and income inequality.