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A new Asia strategy for Canada

For the past 250 years, Canada’s deep and mutually beneficial economic links with its superpower neighbour to the south have stood as a cornerstone of our growth and prosperity. While the US will continue to be a major economic partner and critical ally for Canada, its hegemonic days are likely over. The size of the […]

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Proposals for helping the environment without hurting the economy

As the world struggles to restrict carbon emissions into the atmosphere, Canada stands out. Although many countries emit larger absolute amounts of carbon, we are, among developed countries, the second-largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases, (after Australia). We need to recognize this status, and show leadership on carbon. If we fail to do so, […]

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Why is the timing never right for action on climate?

Ten years ago, a very senior federal deputy minister told me that implementing Canada’s Kyoto Protocol target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to six per cent below 1990 levels by 2012 would force an adjustment on the Canadian economy greater than that of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. (The FTA, […]

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We need more public sector innovation

The Drummond report on Ontario’s fiscal woes came mixed with a visionary challenge to make Ontario “a province that provides the best public services, delivered in the most efficient manner, in the world . . . We goad our business sector to win new customers globally in the face of stiff competition. Why not apply […]

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