Protection for our cheeses or protection from the Taliban?

In times like ours of accelerated islamization in Québec, we cannot possibly ask the government to do everything. Of course, in an ideal world, it would worry about the consequences of the pipeline through which Enbridge will transport dirty oil across Québec and it would put an end to austerity…
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Wordsmithing 80,000 Jobs

The recent federal throne speech stated, “The Government will soon complete negotiations on a comprehensive economic and trade agreement with the European Union [CETA]. This agreement has the potential to create 80,000 new Canadian jobs.” There has since been a subtle but important shift in the government’s wording around that…
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LNG: BC’s Quest for a New Staple Industry

I have a post as part of a new series from the Progressive Economics Forum celebrating 50 years of Mel Watkins’ publication of “A Staple Theory of Economic Growth.” Watkins’ piece follows the insight of Harold Innis to develop an understanding of economic growth uniquely rooted in the Canadian experience….
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Canada’s Trade Deficit with the EU Doubles

On Wednesday’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange (video), I debunked the claim that the trade deal between Canada and the European Union (EU) will create 80,000 Canadian jobs. The conservative panelists did not even try to defend this figure. As Jim Stanford has previously explained, the government’s model assumes full employment…
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When a Lower Unemployment Rate is Bad News

Today, Statistics Canada reported an unemployment rate of 6.9% for September. One might have expected Canada’s unemployment rate falling below 7% for the first time since 2008 to be cause for celebration. But as Statistics Canada noted, the decline in official unemployment reflected youth dropping out of the job market…
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Québec’s Economic Plan: Putting Jobs First?

The Québec government recently issued its new economic policy, “Putting Jobs First”. The Premier and her Finance Minister have realized that the long-awaited acceleration of economic growth still has not arrived. Hence, they have presented a stimulation plan meant to reinvigorate Québec’s economy and to create new jobs. Too little…
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