Should we be worried about government debt? Yes: Philip Cross in the Star

The high level of government debt in Canada, when the economy is recovering rapidly, reflects an unwillingness to make hard choices about spending priorities, writes Philip Cross in The Star.  This article is a part of The Star’s Saturday Debate series.  By Philip Cross, May 10, 2021 Government debt is sometimes both unavoidable and justifiable.… Continue reading Should we be worried about government debt? Yes: Philip Cross in the Star

Let’s stress-test government: Jack Mintz in the Financial Post

What kind of shape would the federal and provincial governments be in if the cost of borrowing were two percentage points higher? writes Jack Mintz in the Financial Post. Below is an excerpt from the article which can be read in full here.  By Jack Mintz, May 6, 2021 It has been embedded in our… Continue reading Let’s stress-test government: Jack Mintz in the Financial Post

How Canada can advance Indigenous rights through trade agreements: Scott Simon in the Hill Times

Our engagement with CPTPP partners can further strengthen Indigenous rights, especially if we bring in Taiwan and other states which recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples in their territories, writes Scott Simon in the Hill Times.  By Scott Simon, May 4, 2021 According to our government, Canada put the “progressive” in the Comprehensive and Progressive… Continue reading How Canada can advance Indigenous rights through trade agreements: Scott Simon in the Hill Times

How will the pandemic-induced ‘YOLO economy’ hit Canada? Linda Nazareth in the Globe and Mail

Postpandemic, many millennials will have a wad of cash in their pockets and be fired up for life’s adventures, rather than the drudgery of the 9 to 5, writes Linda Nazareth in the Globe and Mail.  By Linda Nazareth, May 4, 2021 YOLO – You Only Live Once! It is a bit of a millennial motto,… Continue reading How will the pandemic-induced ‘YOLO economy’ hit Canada? Linda Nazareth in the Globe and Mail

If the Liberals really wanted a successful federal daycare program, this one isn’t it: Janice MacKinnon and Jack Mintz in the National Post

The program will take too long to implement and fail to meet the needs of Canada’s diverse workforce, write Janice MacKinnon and Jack Mintz. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here.  By Janice MacKinnon and Jack Mintz, May 3, 2021 The federal government’s 2021 budget introduces a daycare… Continue reading If the Liberals really wanted a successful federal daycare program, this one isn’t it: Janice MacKinnon and Jack Mintz in the National Post

Not enough Canadians know how important the oilsands are: Philip Cross in the Financial Post

They not only create wealth and jobs but are a stellar example of innovation by Canadian companies, writes Philip Cross in the Financial Post. Below is an excerpt from the article which can be read in full here.  By Philip Cross, April 30, 2021 The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has just released a paper of mine on the… Continue reading Not enough Canadians know how important the oilsands are: Philip Cross in the Financial Post

Why the oil sands aren’t going anywhere and how investment and production benefit Canada

OTTAWA, ON (April 29, 2021): While blue-collar work is being devastated in much of the rest of the Western world, Canada’s natural resource sector continues to be a pillar of stability and opportunity in the economy. In particular, with its high paying jobs in Canadian-owned businesses, the oil sands offer a stable, reliable, and growing… Continue reading Why the oil sands aren’t going anywhere and how investment and production benefit Canada

Webinar Panel Video: Do we need a national child care system?

 The federal government’s plan to implement universal $10 a day child care has generated a national debate about how to best support working families and care for children as Canada rebuilds from the pandemic. Is the plan introduced by Ottawa workable? What are the drawbacks, benefits, and costs associated with this approach? And are… Continue reading Webinar Panel Video: Do we need a national child care system?

The limits of China’s economic coercion: Luke Patey for Inside Policy

There is a price for Canada’s foreign and security policy autonomy, but because of Beijing’s own hesitance in upsetting its economic interests, it is not a high one, writes Luke Patey. By Luke Patey, April 26, 2021 In a scene from the pre-COVID world in December 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down for an… Continue reading The limits of China’s economic coercion: Luke Patey for Inside Policy

Mark Carney’s mistaken Value(s): Philip Cross in the Financial Post

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There is no assurance the best values will triumph, especially in a crisis, writes Philip Cross in the Financial Post. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here.  By Philip Cross, April 23, 2021 In his new book Value(s), former Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney claims we have… Continue reading Mark Carney’s mistaken Value(s): Philip Cross in the Financial Post