President Obama Is COOLing It

Agriculture, Commentary, Natural Resources, Regulation, Rural, Sylvain Charlebois

Food trade policy is essential to providing variety and affordability to consumers, no matter where they live. The food industry is largely recession-proof, but still vulnerable to external influences. With a president in the White House who seems ready to think more internationally, the virtues of free trade may be fortified. That would be welcome news to the Canadian economy during these worrying conditions.

Let the Market Manage the Oil Crisis

Commentary, Energy, Frontier Centre, Natural Resources, Trade, Worth A Look

As the prices of food, fuel and other basic commodities continue to skyrocket, the tiny voice warning that the sky is falling becomes louder and more insistent. The lesson is that markets work. Shortages cannot persist in a free marketplace because higher prices prompt consumers to economize on their purchases and producers both to expand existing supplies and to search for cheaper substitutes.