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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A Left-Wing Productivity Agenda

Statistics Canada released an interesting study today on the slowdown of productivity growth in Canadian manufacturing. Conservative economists tend to view productivity as a microeconomic issue, reflecting the allocation of scarce resources through the market. The way to maximize productivity is to remove taxes, regulations and other “barriers” to the…
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On climate, Canada is a rogue state

On Sunday, CTV leaked Canada’s intentions to pull out of the Kyoto treaty process on climate change. What is significant about Kyoto is that it is a legally binding international treaty, and one that puts the onus of emission reductions on the countries that have done the most to cause the problem…
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Tar Sands and the CETA

The recent decision by the European Union (EU) to disregard Canadian government pressure and forge ahead with regulations that recognise the higher green-house-gas intensity of fuel produced from tar sands and oil shale is encouraging.   But, as reported in today’s Globe and Mail, the Canadian government is still lobbying furiously…
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The Ethics of the Ethical Oil Cabal

With the recent demonstrations in Ottawa against the Alberta tarsands and the XL oil pipeline, most of the mainstream media very quickly bought into the oil lobby’s talking points by constantly raising the argument that Alberta bitumen constitutes “ethical oil,” a morally superior product in relation to oil extracted from…
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