Articles by: Michael Hatch

Government out of touch on small business tax changes

Government out of touch on small business tax changes

November 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0 comments

Mistaken perceptions of business owners fueling outrage in business community In the middle of summer, when much of the country was in vacation mode, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau dropped a set of corporate and small business tax proposals that has since sent Canada’s business community into a level of […]

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Anything is possible with Trump and NAFTA deal

Anything is possible with Trump and NAFTA deal

October 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm Comments are Disabled

Predictions are fraught with peril when it comes to new U.S. President With a new United States trade representative confirmed with a strong bipartisan majority in Washington, it is expected that a major renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will take place later in 2017. President Trump […]

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Trading realities

Trading realities

August 4, 2017 at 10:50 am Comments are Disabled

There’s good reason to fear for NAFTA’s future, but better reason to let those fears go With a new United States trade representative confirmed through a strong bipartisan majority in Washington, it is expected that a major renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will take place later […]

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Looming concerns

Looming concerns

June 6, 2017 at 1:24 pm Comments are Disabled

Seen for centuries as the specter of joblessness, automation actually fills more gaps than it creates There has been much hand-wringing of late about the state of the labour market in today’s New Age of Automation. Robots, it is said, are poised to steal all of our jobs and lead […]

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Let the good times roll

Let the good times roll

March 29, 2017 at 4:44 pm Comments are Disabled

Can record sales continue? It’s tough to predict in these uncertain times. Coming off years of sales and revenue growth, and a fourth consecutive sales record for new cars (just under 1.95 million sold in 2016), it is tempting to sit back and let the good times roll. Automobile dealers […]

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Forced behaviour

Forced behaviour

February 27, 2017 at 11:25 am Comments are Disabled

Consumers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to electric vehicles A government that seeks to pass laws and regulations that swim against the powerful tide of consumer preference and choice is very likely putting itself on the path to disappointment at best and outright failure at worst. This […]

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The tax hike shell game

The tax hike shell game

December 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm Comments are Disabled

More transparency is the fairest way to implement the government’s environmental plans The federal government under Prime Minister Trudeau has announced its first major, headline-grabbing, piece of environmental policy: a national carbon tax floor to increase from $10 per tonne of CO2 emissions to $50 per tonne between 2018 and […]

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Disruption or revolution?

Disruption or revolution?

October 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm Comments are Disabled

With new disruptors and players coming into the auto industry, it looks like we are heading towards a revolution — but are we? Revolutions are, by their nature, rare events. True turning points in history, or genuine breaks from the past, can’t happen every decade or even every century. What’s […]

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