Lockouts Almost Derail GDP Growth

Statistics Canada reported today that economic growth dropped to a bare 0.1% in January. The New Year began with Rio Tinto locking out former Alcan employees at Alma, Quebec, and Caterpillar locking out former Electro Motive employees at London, Ontario. Closing these major facilities contributed to cutting growth in durable-goods…
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Inflation Central

Statistics Canada reported today that consumer prices edged up by 0.1% in February on a seasonally-adjusted basis, bringing the annual inflation rate to 2.6% and the core inflation rate to 2.3%. These rates are within the Bank of Canada’s target range and should allow it to keep interest rates low,…
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Women’s Economics

You know it, I know it, everybody knows it. Women are not only getting more and more educated, they also represent the majority of university students, both in undergraduate and in Master’s programmes. In the coming years, your doctor is very likely to be a woman, so will your lawyer….
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Harper vs. Kyoto: where does that leave Québec?

On 12 December 2011, the Canadian Minister of Environment, Peter Kent, officially announced Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol. In effect, Canada will no longer be legally constrained to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. According to Scott McKay, the Parti québécois’s Shadow Minister for the Environment, “the gap…
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Understanding Québec’s Orange Wave Part One: A Socialist Haven?

Simon Tremblay-Pepin is a researcher at IRIS a Montreal-based left-wing think tank. From an outsider’s point of view, the last federal election may give the impression that a majority of Québécois(es) have converted to social democracy and asymmetrical federalism. This analysis aims to demonstrate the shortcomings of such an interpretation,…
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