Economist’s view: Michael Hatch

The missing perspective

The missing perspective

August 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm Comments are Disabled

Short sighted policies hamper our economic performance I recently had the pleasure of attending a very interesting presentation. 
Professor Christopher Ragan of McGill University – a renowned economist with a world class resume – gave a talk entitled A Complex Collection of Economic Challenges. In it, he clearly and entertainingly […]

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The budget that never was

The budget that never was

May 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm Comments are Disabled

Budget that toppled government worth reviewing The federal budget that was presented on March 22 was, like all budgets, cre- ated by mixing equal parts economics and politics. As it happens, the budget quickly turned into an election platform for the gov- erning Conservatives, as all three opposition parties combined […]

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The border business

The border business

April 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm Comments are Disabled

Easing flow of goods doesn’t have to raise security risks More than two decades ago, Canada went through a wrenching national debate on the prospect of free trade with the United States. The 1988 election was a plebiscite on that single issue in a way that few elections have been […]

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The return of optimism

The return of optimism

March 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm Comments are Disabled

Positive media coverage will be a driving force for positive results It’s no secret that 2009 was a brutal year for the automotive industry all across the world. Nowhere was this truer than in North America, and the downturn, as we all know, was particularly gut-wrenching in the United States. […]

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Business in a time of austerity

Business in a time of austerity

February 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm Comments are Disabled

Moving beyond temporary stimulus A new year is upon us and with it has come the annual tendency to reflect on the past and look with optimism to the future. The days are finally getting longer and soon the consumer will begin to emerge from his/her self-imposed hibernation to kick off […]

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Double dip?

Double dip?

October 18, 2010 at 2:09 am Comments are Disabled

Is Canada’s future V- or W-shaped? To many, the term “double-dip” brings to mind nothing more sinister than a breach of snacking etiquette from a long-lost episode of Seinfeld. For others it’s a tasty treat from Tim Horton’s. Recently, however, the phrase has taken on a much gloomier connotation – […]

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Regionalism – a strength and a weakness

Regionalism – a strength and a weakness

September 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm Comments are Disabled

It’s time to deconstruct some of the walls that constrain us Canada is a vast country – the world’s second largest by land mass. Though sparsely populated, it spans six time zones and is made up of regions that are almost as culturally distinct from one another as separate countries. […]

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Which side is right?

Which side is right?

August 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm Comments are Disabled

CADA takes a stand against the import of RHD vehicles The issue of right-hand-drive (RHD) vehicles on Canada’s roads is one that has gained some attention in recent months. RHD refers to vehicles in which the driver sits on the right-hand side of the cockpit, as opposed to the traditional […]

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