In a roundtable discussion with Financial Post Editor-in-Chief Terence Corcoran, four leading economic thinkers take up Charles Baillie’s challenge. All agree it is possible to overtake the United States in growth and standard of living. These are edited excerpts of their comments and ideas.
As spring snow fell outside her office in Saskatoon, Nettie Wiebe, a farmer, professor and long-time political activist, was musing about an agricultural apocalypse.
The impact of Canadian think tanks on policy and elections has never been greater. We take a look at five of the most influential creators – and marketers – of the ideas shaping our country.
Tomorrow, Paul Martin will be delivering a fiscal update but, unlike other years, it will include a mini-budget. Hopefully, “mini” won’t be the guiding objective for establishing a direction for Canada’s budgetary stance. What we need is a “maxi” plan to address the critical long-term economic issues faced by Canada.
With reluctance and resignation, Canadians are concluding that what they once celebrated as the world’s longest undefended border is quickly vanishing. Economically, culturally, socially, demographically, even politically, Canada, they say, is becoming indistinguishable from the United States.
The appropriate role and size of government has been debated amongst economists since the period of classical economics and laissez-faire in the nineteenth century.
It sounds like heresy to say so, but maybe the consolidation of the five boroughs into the City of New York, whose 100th anniversary we celebrate this month, wasn’t such a good idea.