Economist’s view: Michael Hatch

Trading realities

Trading realities

August 4, 2017 at 10:50 am 0 comments

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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Lessons from Brexit

Lessons from Brexit

September 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm Comments are Disabled

Looking at the ripple effects of the Brexit crisis Though an ocean separates us from Europe and the serial crises that have engulfed the continent and the European Union (EU) in recent years, it is hard to avoid wondering for how long Canada can continue to be largely immune to […]

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There’s always a cost

There’s always a cost

August 4, 2016 at 2:58 pm Comments are Disabled

Governments being governments, many are tempted by the idea that difficult policy choices can be made with no negative impact on voters and consumers. Politicians whose careers depend on the often-fickle support of electorates are constantly in search of all-gain-no-pain policies, where touchy questions of tradeoffs are punted to some future unlucky elected official.

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