Ruling exposes Ottawa’s Indigenous consultation failure

Ruling delaying the Trans Mountain pipeline once again makes it clear we need legislation to clarify what indigenous consultation means

Ruling exposes Ottawa’s Indigenous consultation failureBy Ashley Stedman and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute In yet another example of the federal government’s failure to get Indigenous consultation right, the Federal Court of Appeal recently ruled that six of 12 legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion can proceed. The result? Canada’s energy sector will continue to face transportation constraints,…

Family-owned businesses under threat

A new study says demographics, tax policy and a lack of trained advisers threaten the continuity of family enterprise

Family-owned businesses under threatFamily-owned businesses have a significant impact on Canada's economy, accounting for for 63.1 per cent of all private sector firms in the country, according to research released on Tuesday. The Family Enterprise Xchange Foundation (FEX-F) partnered with the Conference Board of Canada to study the economic weight, regional impact, industry presence and business performance of…

Canada still world’s preferred supplier of oil, natural gas: survey

Canada's oil and natural gas industry should play a major role in meeting global energy demand: CAPP

Canada still world’s preferred supplier of oil, natural gas: surveyThe world wants Canadian oil and natural gas, according to an updated international research survey by Ipsos, conducted on behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). In the 2019 Global Energy Pulse, a follow up to its 2017 survey, Ipsos found respondents from 31 countries chose Canada as their No. 1 oil and…

Federal government’s appetite for spending is a serious problem

To pay for this rapid rise in public debt, future generations will face higher taxes

Federal government’s appetite for spending is a serious problemBy Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute With seemingly little regard for the consequences, the current federal government has increased spending throughout its mandate with no sign of change any time soon. This spending trend has been a stark departure from promises made during the 2015 election campaign, when the Liberals pledged to…

Canadian trade balance reaches more than $1 billion deficit in July

Canadian trade balance reaches more than $1 billion deficit in JulyCanada's merchandise trade balance with the world went from a slight deficit of $55 million in June to a $1.1-billion deficit in July, says Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Wednesday that imports rose 1.2 per cent in July, while exports fell 0.9 per cent. “Following a 4.0 per cent decrease in June, total…

Moral investment constraints too onerous for pension funds

Never mind that reducing the choices available to a fund manager can result in negative consequences for pensioners

Moral investment constraints too onerous for pension fundsSome Canadian institutional investment and pension funds have faced scrutiny recently because they owned or own shares in American prison-management companies GEO and CoreCivic. That criticism is unwarranted and unfair. These firms operate prisons, detention centres and rehabilitation facilities in the U.S. Given that the U.S. incarcerates more people than anywhere else in the world,…

Energy industry and Raptors boost Canadian economy

Expressed at an annualized rate, real GDP advanced 3.7 per cent in the second quarter

Energy industry and Raptors boost Canadian economyThe Canadian economy had an impressive gain in the second quarter of this year, buoyed by the Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship run and a hike in the oil and gas extraction industry. On Friday, Statistics Canada said real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.9 per cent in the second quarter, after edging up 0.1 per…

China’s crackdown in Hong Kong an ominous sign of the times

Populism some call it, but the consequence in many regions around the world has been a slippage into autocracy

China’s crackdown in Hong Kong an ominous sign of the timesIn 1972, Mitchell Sharp, Canadian secretary of state for external affairs, famously penned his Third Option doctrine. It was not exactly anti-American but it was American-anxious. The idea was to reduce Canada’s vulnerability to swings in mood and trade from the United States by diversifying our economic, cultural and political relations, especially toward rising powers…
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