New Canada Infrastructure Bank plays poker with public assets

The federal government’s promised Canada Infrastructure Bank is supposed to be a new government institution to fund infrastructure projects, but it’s a risky gamble. While details on the infrastructure bank are expected in the upcoming federal budget, we know it is being positioned as a new source of funds dedicated…
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Unequal partners: Power, profit and the public interest in P3s

Here we are again reviewing the evidence that private business can deliver essential public services and infrastructure at less cost and with better results than the public sector. With the recent federal government announcement of the public infrastructure bank public-private partnerships (p3s), it is now seeking to reassure Canadians that…
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Investor court in CETA does not fix problems with investor-state dispute settlement

Last week, the Belgian region of Wallonia ground the signing of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to an unexpected halt. Although the Walloons have since won some concessions that persuaded them to let Belgium sign CETA (which is now proceeding to the ratification phase), their intervention was,…
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Alternative Federal Budget 2016: It’s time to move on

The following remarks are excerpted from the 2016 Alternative Federal Budget press conference, featuring Kate McInturff, David Macdonald and Peter Bleyer (March 10th, Parliament Hill).  Budgets may appear to be dry, technical financial documents. In fact budgets are the product of values and they contain some of the most important choices…
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Reviewing the TPP: Trudeau’s best-case scenario

In the final days of the federal election, with the Liberals leapfrogging over the NDP on an ostensibly progressive platform, one question dogged Trudeau to the end: what was his position on the recently completed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP)? We still don’t quite know the answer, though we may…
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Trust and confidence: Post-election cooperation in parliament

It seems increasingly likely that none of the federal parties will win enough seats on October 19 to form a majority government. Broadly speaking, this leaves two possibilities: a minority or a coalition government. Both options demand cooperation and compromise between our parliamentarians—and both may offer many advantages over a…
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Questions for the Munk Debate on foreign policy

Tonight’s Munk Debate on Canadian foreign policy promises to “provide the public with important insights into how our next prime minister will defend and project Canada’s interests and values on the global stage.” Debate moderator Rudyard Griffiths told the Globe and Mail that given the “totally new context and reality”…
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Questions for the Leaders’ Debate on the economy

The economy is one of the most critical ballot-box issues facing Canadian voters this election. Tomorrow evening, federal party leaders will debate each other’s positions on the economy during The Globe and Mail Leaders’ Debate 2015—an event sponsored by the Globe and Mail, in partnership with Google Canada and CPAC. Organizers say…
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