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Want employment and wage growth? It’s skills stupid!

The recent election was full of varying promises to increase growth rates and employment levels. Few of these promises, however, addressed a critical weakness in our ability to compete in...

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Time for a new government to deliver progressive change

After nearly 10 years of a Conservative government in Ottawa, the majority of Canadians voted for change on Monday. Now, after this long decade, the country can turn its mind...

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Next Canadian Economy

Economists have a strong predisposition towards trade liberalization, which is held to increase efficiency and boost productivity through greater specialization in those sectors in which we hold a comparative advantage....

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The TPP: A secret deal that binds the hands that heal

Picture this: a patient returns to the office for a follow-up visit with their physician. When asked how the prescribed treatment is working out, they answer: “I don’t know, I...

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Supply management and the folly of the TPP

The recent conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations between Canada and eleven other countries has resulted in the usual chorus of condemnation by right wing economists of Canada’s system...

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Serious climate action requires emission reduction targets

Justin Trudeau has announced that the Liberals “won’t set a specific emissions target” for greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change. His reasoning is that, “what we need is not ambitious...

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Government investment can reverse Canada's business innovation deficit

There has been a lot of talk during the federal election campaign about how to create more good, “middle-class” jobs. But there has been only limited recognition of the need...

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Canada's childcare debate through Finnish eyes

As an early childhood researcher newly arrived from Finland, the current Canadian debate about universal childcare has been somewhat baffling. In Finland, universal early childhood education and childcare (ECEC) means...

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Making molehills out of mountains

Pity the poor pundits this ridiculously long election season. The election-industrial complex has never revved this hot for so long, and some of its practitioners are starting to show the...

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Time to move beyond "tough on crime" rhetoric

Not since Governor Michael Dukakis’ 1988 presidential bid was derailed by attack ads about the dangerous inmate Willie Horton being released into the community has any well-briefed politician dared not...