The house that debt built

In a speech in May, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz told a scary story about household debt. No matter how you measure it—as a share of disposable income (170%, a Canadian record), as a share of Canada’s GDP (100%, one of the highest factors in the world)—things look pretty…
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USMCA: Red tape for public safety regulators

The CCPA continues to carefully read through the nearly 2,000-page USMCA text. This blog, the third in a series on how the agreement differs from NAFTA, examines the agreement’s chapter on Good Regulatory Practices, a relatively new addition to so-called next generation trade deals. Stay tuned to this space for continued analysis…
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Ce n’est pas ce qu’on ajoute aux accords commerciaux, mais ce qu’on y enlève qui garantit leur caractère progressiste

Le gouvernement fédéral veut nous faire croire que l’élection de 2015 a marqué le début d’une ère du « commerce progressiste » au Canada. En guise de preuve, les ministres libéraux brandiront l’ajout d’un chapitre sur l’égalité des genres dans la nouvelle mouture de l’Accord de libre-échange Canada-Chili, ou encore la proposition…
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Is Canada backing away from NAFTA’s unreasonable investment chapter?

Inside US Trade is reporting today that the Canadian government is prepared to let go of NAFTA’s controversial investor-state dispute settlement process (ISDS) in a renegotiated deal, possibly in exchange for keeping NAFTA’s Chapter 19 review mechanism for antidumping and countervailing duty decisions by North American governments. This would be…
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Consumer rights and responsibilities in the age of climate change and big data

I’ll be attending the Consumers 150 conference in Ottawa this week, which is co-organized by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Option consommateurs, Consumers Council of Canada and Union des consommateurs. The event is billed as a chance to analyze today’s high-profile consumer rights issues—national pharmacare, the sharing economy, climate change…
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Trudeau and Macron, the radical centrists

Macron and Trudeau at the G20 summit in Hamburg © PMTrudeau Flickr photostream. Can one be passionately centrist in this day and age? French President Emanuel Macron has staked his relatively short political career on it, with considerable success. Though the mood in Paris after recent legislative elections may be more…
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