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Stories by David Crane

This is a testing time for leadership

Opinion|By David Crane
Whoever forms the government will have to get to work immediately on the fall fiscal update, which sets the stage for next year’s budget. But this is only the first step.
Opinion|By David Crane
Canada faces as critical future, one where there are serious challenges.
Opinion|By David Crane
Sustained productivity growth is the key to improved living standards. Investing in innovation is key to boosting productivity.
Opinion|By David Crane
Making the transition to a low-carbon world will be disruptive, expensive, will take time, and won’t happen without the right mix of regulations and incentives to ensure that public and private markets follow through. We don’t have that needed policy mix today.
Opinion|By David Crane
At a time when a growing share of national income has been going to owners of capital and a declining share to labour, it is clearly time to open up the whole question of fairly taxing capital and capital income.
Opinion|By David Crane
At present, there is no discernible evidence of a cross-cutting or all-of-government strategy to increase the commercial dividends from the scientific capital we have accumulated in the biological sciences.
Opinion|By David Crane
It will be easy, in our election, for parties to compete on who can be toughest on China. But what happens after that?
Opinion|By David Crane
While the NDP importantly raises many of the issues of inequality, injustice, and lack of opportunity facing Canadians, it fails, overall, to offer a credible set of ideas to make the country and Canadians better off.
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Opinion|By David Crane
Interest rates are nearly zero in real terms, and the former Bank of Canada governor has proposed a digital solution that could help us weather the next recession.
Opinion|By David Crane
The Canadian government has cut away much of its capability to plan for big, long-term problems, unlike its counterpart in the U.K.
Opinion|By David Crane
Canadians and Canadian companies have the skills, knowledge, and experience to capture a real share of the much-needed infrastructure projects around the world in the coming years.
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?
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.

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