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The virtues of sin taxes

In the News   |   June 7, 2021

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Do sin taxes work? Governments around the world, including in Canada, have for decades slapped taxes on products deemed to be socially problematic. Alcohol and tobacco are long-standing examples; sugar has lately joined that list.... read more

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Inflation pressure hits consumers as firms pass along higher costs

In the News   |   April 28, 2021

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An increasing number of companies are passing along higher input costs to consumers, a sign of inflationary pressure as the economy recovers from the pandemic. In recent weeks, several publicly listed companies have said they’re... read more

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Chrystia Freeland’s first budget is extremely big – and surprisingly modest

In the News   |   April 20, 2021

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Measured in number of pages and volume of words, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s budget is bigger than anything produced by any of her predecessors. There’s a lot in it, because a minority government eyeing an early election... read more

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Heard it before?

Cartoons   |   April 20, 2021

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The saying is originally attributed to Louis XV of France. Here it is attributed to Trudeau ll of Canada.

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Joe Biden plans to block Keystone XL pipeline as one of first acts in White House

In the News   |   January 18, 2021

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U.S. president-elect Joe Biden plans to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline expansion as one of his first acts in office, transition documents suggest, dealing a blow to Canadian efforts to get the project built and... read more

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Even as political relations worsen, Canada-China trade thrives

In the News   |   December 2, 2020

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Canada’s business with China appears to be thriving during the pandemic even as diplomatic relations remain in a deep freeze. Exports to China increased close to 10 per cent in the first seven months of... read more

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Liberals plan $100-billion in new stimulus spending, begin plotting pandemic recovery

In the News   |   December 1, 2020

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inance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered a fiscal update Monday that promises a stimulus plan of up to $100-billion will launch once the COVID-19 crisis eases, but the government won’t release the details of that plan... read more

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Ottawa’s $1.5-billion foreign aid initiative has spent only $120,000 so far

In the News   |   October 8, 2020

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Nearly three years after announcing $1.5-billion in new financing programs for foreign aid, Ottawa has disbursed only a tiny fraction of the promised money: just $120,000 so far. The Trudeau government won praise from aid... read more

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Savers stashed $127-billion in 2020 – it may just rescue the economy

In the News   |   September 11, 2020

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Lots of attention has been paid to the financial risk-takers in the pandemic – the people bidding to buy houses, buying expensive stocks and dipping into speculative things like gold and bitcoin. But the ones who may... read more

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The economic news is bad – and will likely get worse – but this is not like the Great Depression

Behind the Breaking News   |   May 28, 2020

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Top Concern – Health During the Coronavirus pandemic, the number one concern on virtually everyone’s mind is their health and avoiding the risk of infection. That concern is well placed and it is what is... read more

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Canada braces for economic retaliation from China following Meng Wanzhou court ruling

In the News   |   May 28, 2020

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The federal government said a B.C. judge’s refusal on Wednesday to end an extradition case against Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou was entirely out of its hands as it braced for economic retaliation from Beijing.... read more

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Can we please stop worrying about inflation?

In the News   |   May 15, 2020

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The economy is being held together with financial duct tape right now, but people are starting to worry about inflation. Inflation fears arise from massive government spending to support the economy through the pandemic. Inflation... read more

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Trump threatens to ‘terminate’ trade deal with China over COVID-19

In the News   |   May 8, 2020

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U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening economic retaliation against China over its handling of COVID-19, tying the pandemic into his long-running trade war in an escalating clash between the world’s superpowers. The President and some... read more

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Canada’s economic future depends on its startups

Guest Column   |   April 7, 2020

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Yung Wu is CEO of MaRS Discovery District Entrepreneurs everywhere are scrambling for lifelines during this crisis. In recent days, we’ve heard appeals from aviation, energy, agriculture, small business – anyone with payroll to meet... read more

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No hiding place

Cartoons   |   March 4, 2020

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The threat of a coronavirus pandemic has sent stock markets plunging around the world.

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