Where are we? (5)

Normally when I ask "where are we?" I am referring to our lack of military capability in our vast Arctic regions. This time it's an economic question. Here are two very similar charts: Both measure roughly the same thing: the world's most competitive economies in 2019. The chart on the left is from the highly … Continue reading Where are we? (5)

The Throne Speech

Remember just a couple of months ago? The mainstream media, in the summer and, especially during the election campaign in September,  when the Globe and Mail said "with an economy that’s generally healthier than how he found it, despite large deficits, Mr. Trudeau can still craft a message of stability and prosperity for the “middle … Continue reading The Throne Speech

Make China Great Again?

Yesterday, I asked: "Why" is China drifting away from Deng Xiaoping's vision and back, it seems to me, towards Maoism. In an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, award-winning author and scholar Professor Julia Lovell of the University of London draws an interesting parallel with Donald Trump. Xi Jinping, she suggests, at "The plenum resolution … Continue reading Make China Great Again?

Is something happening at Québec Inc?

Québec Inc was the name given to "one of the main legacies of the Quiet Revolution ... [which] ... allowed the emergence of a French-Canadian business class that  ... [it was hoped] ... would have paved the way for the economic emancipation of Quebecers and would eventually facilitate their political emancipation. Jacques Parizeau often spoke about." … Continue reading Is something happening at Québec Inc?

A tale of two graphs

So, Adam Vaughan, a Liberal MP from Toronto, posted this on social media: It's petty standard Liberal fare and I'll bet that more than half, more likely ⅔ or even ¾ of Canadians believe it. In response, Richard Groves, who is an accountant from Kelowna BC, posted this: The GFC to which Mr Groves refers … Continue reading A tale of two graphs

Productivity

In a report originally published in the Huffington Post and republished, online, by Yahoo-Finance, Daniel Tencer, who is the business editor of the Huffington Post, writes that "Canada has fallen out of the top 10 in a ranking of the world’s most competitive economies, a sign that Canadians may have a harder time succeeding financially … Continue reading Productivity

Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, Adam Tooze, a professor of history, and director of the European Institute, at Columbia University writes that "Mr. Trump’s trade policy is a strange mélange. It represents not one single coherent response to globalization, but a series of reactions superimposed one on top of the … Continue reading Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?