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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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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International Trade Agreements and Corruption

Negotiations concerning the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are well underway. Many major issues for Québec’s future are being discussed, notably the conditions under which European businesses will be allowed to tender for supplier, service, and construction contracts from the Québec state. According to a meeting held on…
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Defending Green Jobs at the WTO

As a partner in Blue Green Canada, the United Steelworkers have issued the following news release. Erin Weir is an economist with the United Steelworkers union and a CCPA research associate. WTO Called Upon to Dismiss Japan, EU Challenge to Canadian Renewable Energy Policy Canadian NGOs and labour unions have…
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The Loonie’s Stagnant Purchasing Power

The following note also appears on Business Insider: When Ontario’s Premier recently complained that Canada’s petro-dollar undermines manufacturing exports, many economists tripped over each other to counter that a strong loonie benefits all Canadians through cheaper imports. In theory, that makes sense. Incomes denominated in Canadian dollars should be worth more if…
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Trans-Pacific Partnership

The United Steelworkers union made the following submission to the Government of Canada earlier this week. Erin Weir is an economist with the United Steelworkers union and a CCPA research associate. The United Steelworkers union welcomes the opportunity to comment on Canada’s proposed entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free…
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