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Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 22, 2024
Peace Towe
Each year, the IMF—under Article IV of the IMF Articles of Agreement—sends a staff team to Canada to collect financial and economic information, talks to officials and others, and makes an assessment of our performance and policies. It latest report on Canada—Staff Report for the 2024 Article IV Consultation—has just been published. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 22, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 22, 2024
Peace Towe
Each year, the IMF—under Article IV of the IMF Articles of Agreement—sends a staff team to Canada to collect financial and economic information, talks to officials and others, and makes an assessment of our performance and policies. It latest report on Canada—Staff Report for the 2024 Article IV Consultation—has just been published. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 15, 2024
Minister François-Philippe Champagne
Federal Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne pictured recently in a Hill scrum. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 15, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 15, 2024
Minister François-Philippe Champagne
Federal Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne pictured recently in a Hill scrum. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 8, 2024
Presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and U.S. President Joe Biden. A Trump administration may be quite ready to get rid of CUSMA, while a Biden—or other Democratic—administration would nonetheless push hard for more and more concessions by Canada, writes David Crane. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 8, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 8, 2024
Presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and U.S. President Joe Biden. A Trump administration may be quite ready to get rid of CUSMA, while a Biden—or other Democratic—administration would nonetheless push hard for more and more concessions by Canada, writes David Crane. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 1, 2024
A parachuter, pictured July 1, 2022, in Ottawa. In a memorable 1999 speech, former prime minister John Turner, spoke as a Canadian patriot. 'It is our good fortune as Canadians to occupy the most beautiful land on earth.' But 'it is our good sense which has made this country one of the most free and open democracies in the world.' The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 1, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 1, 2024
A parachuter, pictured July 1, 2022, in Ottawa. In a memorable 1999 speech, former prime minister John Turner, spoke as a Canadian patriot. 'It is our good fortune as Canadians to occupy the most beautiful land on earth.' But 'it is our good sense which has made this country one of the most free and open democracies in the world.' The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 24, 2024
Despite some gaps, a recent Bennett Jones report gets it right when it calls for a 'laser-focused' strategy for productivity growth in Canada, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 24, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 24, 2024
Despite some gaps, a recent Bennett Jones report gets it right when it calls for a 'laser-focused' strategy for productivity growth in Canada, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 13, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, and Prime Minister Justin. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 13, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 13, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, and Prime Minister Justin. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 10, 2024
Federal Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured in a scrum on the Hill. 'The problem is that Canada is pursuing an alternative economic strategy—relying on foreign multinationals to locate here in return for massive taxpayer subsidies,' writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 10, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 10, 2024
Federal Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured in a scrum on the Hill. 'The problem is that Canada is pursuing an alternative economic strategy—relying on foreign multinationals to locate here in return for massive taxpayer subsidies,' writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 3, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault at the UN Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee in Ottawa on April 23, 2024. Guilbeault said in a 2023 report that 'Climate scientists are unequivocally telling us that we must drastically reduce our emissions by 2030 … if we are to leave a habitable world to our children.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 3, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 3, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault at the UN Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee in Ottawa on April 23, 2024. Guilbeault said in a 2023 report that 'Climate scientists are unequivocally telling us that we must drastically reduce our emissions by 2030 … if we are to leave a habitable world to our children.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 27, 2024
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne speaks with reporters outside the Liberal caucus meeting in the West Block on May 8, 2024. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 27, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 27, 2024
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne speaks with reporters outside the Liberal caucus meeting in the West Block on May 8, 2024. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 20, 2024
The current scare-mongering on capital gains is a needless distortion, but that doesn’t let Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured, off the hook, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 20, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 20, 2024
The current scare-mongering on capital gains is a needless distortion, but that doesn’t let Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured, off the hook, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 13, 2024
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland released the 2024 federal budget last month. The venture-capital industry and tech companies argue her tax measures will lead to a decline in capital available to aspiring tech firms. So far, they have offered little hard evidence that Freeland’s plan would discourage investment, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 13, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 13, 2024
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland released the 2024 federal budget last month. The venture-capital industry and tech companies argue her tax measures will lead to a decline in capital available to aspiring tech firms. So far, they have offered little hard evidence that Freeland’s plan would discourage investment, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 2, 2024
Finance Minister Chrystia Freland recently boasted Canada is ‘driving the kind of economic growth that will ensure every generation of Canadians can reach their full potential.’ I am not convinced, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 2, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 2, 2024
Finance Minister Chrystia Freland recently boasted Canada is ‘driving the kind of economic growth that will ensure every generation of Canadians can reach their full potential.’ I am not convinced, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 29, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne. The $2.4-billion the budget proposes to spend on AI is a long-overdue investment to boost computing power essential to keep us in the AI game, not a bold statement of AI leadership, writes David Crane.  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 29, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 29, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne. The $2.4-billion the budget proposes to spend on AI is a long-overdue investment to boost computing power essential to keep us in the AI game, not a bold statement of AI leadership, writes David Crane.  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 22, 2024
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented a budget on April 16 that failed to spell out to Canadians the reality of the challenges we face, and what is required to make things better. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 22, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 22, 2024
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented a budget on April 16 that failed to spell out to Canadians the reality of the challenges we face, and what is required to make things better. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 8, 2024
Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada appears to be more fixated on the "wheat and steel" economy rather than the intangibles economy, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 8, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 8, 2024
Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada appears to be more fixated on the "wheat and steel" economy rather than the intangibles economy, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 1, 2024
Housing Minister Sean Fraser. Younger Canadians may be giving up on the aspiration of home ownership because of high costs, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 1, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 1, 2024
Housing Minister Sean Fraser. Younger Canadians may be giving up on the aspiration of home ownership because of high costs, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 25, 2024
Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge. It is critical that the role of independent Canadian producers be enhanced, and that the ownership of copyright go to domestic production companies, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 25, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 25, 2024
Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge. It is critical that the role of independent Canadian producers be enhanced, and that the ownership of copyright go to domestic production companies, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 18, 2024
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured at a Liberal caucus meeting on the Hill, could take a first step in her next budget to reform our financial system, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 18, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 18, 2024
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured at a Liberal caucus meeting on the Hill, could take a first step in her next budget to reform our financial system, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 11, 2024
The Council of Canadian Innovators says in the April 16 federal budget Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured, should allow the Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit to boost taxable capital to $70-million. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 11, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 11, 2024
The Council of Canadian Innovators says in the April 16 federal budget Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured, should allow the Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit to boost taxable capital to $70-million. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 4, 2024
Pedestrians cross Queen Street in downtown Ottawa on Feb. 5, 2024. A Statistics Canada report found that investment per worker by Canadian businesses declined by about 20 per cent between 2006 and 2021, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 4, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 4, 2024
Pedestrians cross Queen Street in downtown Ottawa on Feb. 5, 2024. A Statistics Canada report found that investment per worker by Canadian businesses declined by about 20 per cent between 2006 and 2021, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 22, 2024
Former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, pictured in Ottawa on May 4, 2023, is an unlikely future prime minister, writes David Crane, but has the disciplined mind and broad experience needed to set a far-reaching research agenda and impose high standards for analysis. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 22, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 22, 2024
Former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, pictured in Ottawa on May 4, 2023, is an unlikely future prime minister, writes David Crane, but has the disciplined mind and broad experience needed to set a far-reaching research agenda and impose high standards for analysis. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 19, 2024
Carpe diem: In his report, MIT economist David Autor argues that AI could be a boon for many workers with basic or foundational skills. This is not a forecast, he says—it depends on what we do to make this possibility a reality. Our challenge is to help make this happen. Image courtesy of Pexels.com
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 19, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 19, 2024
Carpe diem: In his report, MIT economist David Autor argues that AI could be a boon for many workers with basic or foundational skills. This is not a forecast, he says—it depends on what we do to make this possibility a reality. Our challenge is to help make this happen. Image courtesy of Pexels.com
Opinion | February 12, 2024
Southwestern Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, pictured. As the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute says, 'the challenges facing agriculture and food underscore the need for a new social contract,' writes David Crane. Photograph courtesy of by Reinhard Pienitz, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada
Opinion | February 12, 2024
Opinion | February 12, 2024
Southwestern Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, pictured. As the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute says, 'the challenges facing agriculture and food underscore the need for a new social contract,' writes David Crane. Photograph courtesy of by Reinhard Pienitz, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 5, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 5, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 5, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 29, 2024
In the report, extreme weather events are defined as 'loss of human life, damage to ecosystems, destruction of property, and/or financial loss due to extreme weather events.' They are 'inclusive of land-based (wildfires), water-based (floods), and atmospheric and temperature-related (heat-waves) events, writes David Crane. Photograph courtesy of Cpl. Marc-André Leclerc, DND
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 29, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 29, 2024
In the report, extreme weather events are defined as 'loss of human life, damage to ecosystems, destruction of property, and/or financial loss due to extreme weather events.' They are 'inclusive of land-based (wildfires), water-based (floods), and atmospheric and temperature-related (heat-waves) events, writes David Crane. Photograph courtesy of Cpl. Marc-André Leclerc, DND
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 22, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured recently on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 22, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 22, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured recently on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 15, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Health Minister Mark Holland at the National Press Theatre on Dec. 12, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 15, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 15, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Health Minister Mark Holland at the National Press Theatre on Dec. 12, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 8, 2024
Building an economy with high-value jobs and sustained, productive growth will not happen overnight. It has to be a longer-term commitment and the benefits will take time to be realized, writes David Crane. Image courtesy of Pexel.com
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 8, 2024
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 8, 2024
Building an economy with high-value jobs and sustained, productive growth will not happen overnight. It has to be a longer-term commitment and the benefits will take time to be realized, writes David Crane. Image courtesy of Pexel.com
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 28, 2023
In the 2022 federal budget, Finance Minster Chrystia Freeland unveiled plans for a Canada Innovation Corporation that would support Canadian businesses to develop and protect IP, and enhance their ability to act as high-value suppliers in global value chains. But Ottawa is in no rush. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 28, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 28, 2023
In the 2022 federal budget, Finance Minster Chrystia Freeland unveiled plans for a Canada Innovation Corporation that would support Canadian businesses to develop and protect IP, and enhance their ability to act as high-value suppliers in global value chains. But Ottawa is in no rush. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 18, 2023
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, pictured on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 18, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 18, 2023
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, pictured on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 18, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured, should provide serious analysis on the barriers to supply-enhancing productivity growth in Canada in the 2024 budget, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 18, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 18, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured, should provide serious analysis on the barriers to supply-enhancing productivity growth in Canada in the 2024 budget, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 4, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, pictured recently in a Hill scrum. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 4, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 4, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, pictured recently in a Hill scrum. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 27, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in the lock-up before tabling the government’s fall economic statement in the House on pictured Nov. 21, 2023. Productivity really matters, yet Freeland gave it little attention in her update, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 27, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 27, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in the lock-up before tabling the government’s fall economic statement in the House on pictured Nov. 21, 2023. Productivity really matters, yet Freeland gave it little attention in her update, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade