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Letter to the editor in todayâ€™s Regina Leaderâ€“Post (page A10): A Tory Stunt The Oct. 9 photo accompanying the story â€œTory candidates laud pipeline industryâ€ showed pipe produced at Evraz stored outside the fence of another company, where this Conservative campaign stunt was held. The story did not mention that the company concerned uses pipe […]
This guest blog post has been written by Louis-Philippe Rochon. You can follow him on Twitter @Lprochon – Harperâ€™s recent incarnation as an anti-terrorist crusader has caught many Canadians by surprise. Harper is spending considerable political energy beating the drums of war against terrorists, and introducing a far-reaching, and much condemned, bill aimed at restricting […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under Bank of Canada, banks, China, Conservative government, economic crisis, economic growth, employment, exchange rates, financial markets, GDP, global crisis, interest rates, international trade, labour market, macroeconomics, manufacturing, monetary policy, recession, Role of government, unemployment, US.
February 6th, 2015
In a recent CBC blog post, Louis-Philippe Rochon assesses the current state of the Canadian economy. The link to the blog post is here. Follow him on Twitter @Lprochon.
Posted by Nick Falvo under Bank of Canada, budgets, China, Conservative government, deficits, economic crisis, economic growth, employment, exchange rates, federal budget, fiscal policy, global crisis, household debt, IMF, interest rates, labour market, macroeconomics, manufacturing, monetary policy, recession, stimulus, unemployment.
February 5th, 2015
The Bank of Canada surprised most analysts this week when it decided to cut rates by 25 basis points. The move comes after the price of oil has tumbled below $50 / barrel, oil producers announced huge cuts to business investment for 2015, Target announced a mass layoff of 17,600 workers in Canada, and the […]
Posted by Angella MacEwen under Bank of Canada, budgets, Conservative government, Dutch disease, employment, interest rates, labour market, macroeconomics, manufacturing, monetary policy.
January 22nd, 2015
Another year, another dead Canadian tech giant.Â Blackberry was sold yesterday for scrap to the Toronto private equity firm Fairfax.Â The purchase price of $4.7 billion is essentially valued at its cash of $2.6 billion and the value of its patents.Â Blackberryâ€™s active businesses are being valued at essentially nothing.Â If Fairfax can stop the […]
The Institute for Research on Public Policy has published a very interesting overview study on the resuscitation of “industrial policy” in economic policy circles.Â It points out that industrial policy levers are used widely by countries around the world–despiteÂ hypothetical efforts (through trade deals and other institutions) to limit their application.Â
Statistics Canada reported today, â€œManufacturing sales fell 2.4% in April to $48.2 billion â€” the fourth decline in five months and the largest monthly percentage drop since August 2009.â€ That gets the second quarter off to a bad start. Strong economic growth in the first quarter of this year (January, February, March) was underpinned by […]
In the hyper-polarized context of Canadian energy policy debates, even suggesting that there might be a downside to the untrammeled energy boom centred in northern Alberta is enough to get you labelled a traitor or an economic illiterate — or both.Â Conservative political leaders in both Ottawa and Edmonton, backed by energy-friendly think-tanks and the […]
A background study for the latest IMF report on Canada (see pages 42 to 51) adds further weight to the argument that the rise in the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar, driven in large part by high commodity prices, has underpinned a sharp decline in the US market share of Canadian manufacturers since 2000 […]
Here is my Economy Lab piece on the study by Philip Cross released yesterday. On close examination, his “expanding sectors” turn out to be low value-added resource processing and his argument that Canadian manufacturing is not in decline does not hold water. The decline in output has been far greater than in the US and […]
Bill Curry reports in today’s Globe that, at last year’s economic policy retreat, business leaders urged Finance Minister Flaherty to reduce the pay of “overpriced” Canadian workers, including through anti union right to work legislation. Coincidentally, or not, the subsequent 2012 federal Budget introduced new rules which will require most EI claimants to accept jobs […]
Saskatchewan newspapers report: â€œCertainly in professional, scientific and technical areas and in the mining and the manufacturing sector (the job numbers) are very strong,â€ Don Morgan, minister of advanced education and labour relations, told reporters at news conference Friday. On Friday, Statistics Canada reported that Saskatchewan manufacturing employment dropped by 900 last month and declined […]
Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak claims that union busting right to work laws would create jobs in hard hit industrial Ontario. I have already noted that there is no evidence that Right to Work states in the US do better than other US states in terms of attracting and retaining manufacturing jobs. A glance closer […]
Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak claims that passage of an anti union “right to work” (RTW) law (making mandatory union dues illegal) would create jobs, especially in hard-hit manufacturing. With companies like Caterpillar moving to get ever cheaper labour, it seems semi plausible that anti union laws might attract footloose new investment , albeit at […]
Last week, Conservative MP Randy Hoback had another letter in The Prince Albert Daily Herald blaming the NDP for the pulp-mill closure in 2006. He still has not addressed my main point about resource royalties. I have the following response on page 4 of todayâ€™s Herald: Pulp mill saga proves Mulcairâ€™s point Notwithstanding MP Randy […]
The main story in todayâ€™s GDP numbers is that the oil, gas and mining industries rebounded sharply in April after being hobbled by temporary maintenance and production difficulties in February and March. While the upswing in fossil-fuel and mineral extraction was large enough to boost the overall economy, other key sectors showed signs of weakness. […]
Further to my earlier post on the OECD and “Dutch Disease”, I have received a heavily redacted response to an access to information request (A-2012-00073/CN.)Â submitted to the Department of Finance, seeking any comments on the draft assessment and recommendations of the OECD delegation to Canada in 2012. This arrives just as Conservative ads attack […]
I have the following letter in todayâ€™s Prince Albert Daily Herald (page 4): Reinvest Resource Wealth in Saskatchewan To the editor: I strongly agree with the title of MP Randy Hobackâ€™s letter: â€œSiphoning money out of the west is wrongâ€ (June 9). My proposal is to keep more money in Saskatchewan by collecting more provincial […]
OECD economist Peter Jarrett – lead on the just released Economic Survey of Canada – agrees with the Mulcair diagnosis.
The following is another guest post by Robyn Allan: A report recently released by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute claims Canada does not suffer from the Dutch disease. Unfortunately, the studies the authors draw on for this conclusion are riddled by it. The Dutch disease is a situation where rapid export of a nationâ€™s raw resources along […]
Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback began last weekâ€™s inquisition by objecting to my recent op-ed in The Saskatoon StarPheonix on the â€œDutch diseaseâ€ debate between Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair. He then interrupted to question my NDP affiliation. As indicated in todayâ€™s Prince Albert Daily Herald (page A4), I would […]
Canadian Press writes, â€œMr. Mulcairâ€™s analysis of what ails Canadaâ€™s economy is contradicted by a new independent study produced by the Institute for Research on Public Policy.â€ Really? What does the study conclude? As quoted by Canadian Press, â€œOn balance, the evidence indicates that Canada suffers from a mild case of the Dutch disease, which […]
Premier Brad Wall was Tweeting about todayâ€™s Statistics Canada report of an uptick in national manufacturing sales in March. It is an odd report for him to trumpet, given that it found a decline in Saskatchewanâ€™s manufacturing sales that month. Another recent Statistics Canada report, Fridayâ€™s Labour Force Survey, indicates that Saskatchewan lost 400 manufacturing […]
Postmedia has posted Michael Den Tandtâ€™s latest column, which will presumably appear in print tomorrow. He presents recent comments about Dutch disease as a departure from Tom Mulcairâ€™s previous position: . . . when Tom Mulcair was driving hard to become leader of the New Democrats, he took polite but pointed issue with his partyâ€™s […]
I have the following op-ed in todayâ€™s Saskatoon StarPhoenix: Royalty hike cure for Dutch disease Premier Brad Wall calls federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair â€œvery, very divisiveâ€ for expressing concern that Canada’s overvalued petro-dollar is eliminating manufacturing jobs. In reality, Wall is being divisive by exploiting this legitimate concern to fan the flames of western […]
Statistics Canada reported today that the economy shrank in February, driven by declines in resource extraction and manufacturing. Oil and gas extraction as well as hard-rock mining decreased due to temporary shutdowns. However, the most dramatic decline was in potash production, down 19% due to mine closures in Saskatchewan. The provincial government, which is budgeting […]
I thought I had been reading Jim’s posts carefully enough, but I was still kind of stunned when I did a quick stat check to respondÂ to a comment on my earlier post on globalization and unions. In 2000, manufacturing output (in constant 2002 dollar terms) amounted to $188.9 Billion. In 2010, manufacturing output amounted […]
The following note also appears on Business Insider. I owe Paul Tulloch a hat tip for reminding me of these issues in a good comment on my last post. When Ontarioâ€™s Premier recently complained that Canadaâ€™s petro-dollar undermines manufacturing exports, many economists tripped over each other to counter that a strong loonie benefits all Canadians […]
The Month: Christmas Gift Canadaâ€™s economy was buoyed by Christmas cheer as a December bounce more than offset slight declines in October and November to turn the fourth quarter positive. Unfortunately, one month does not make a trend. The key question is whether Decemberâ€™s strength continued into the New Year or whether economic activity reverted […]
An interesting nugget in last weekâ€™s Drummond report is Table 11.1, an updated version of Table 2 from â€œOntarioâ€™s Tax Plan for Jobs and Growthâ€ (2009). It provides a sectoral breakdown of the McGuinty governmentâ€™s recent business tax breaks: HST input tax credits, cutting the corporate income tax, and eliminating the corporate capital tax. The […]