Killing NAFTA could save Canada’s economy

Some day we may thank Trump for his NAFTA betrayal as it inadvertently reinvigorated our economy and jolted us out of our national complacency

Killing NAFTA could save Canada’s economyThis week represents a critical threshold in the troubled North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks between Canada, the United States and Mexico. As the Montreal round of talks begins, it's obvious that very little common ground exists between the parties and almost no progress has been made on substantive issues. It's time to face…

The wisdom of raising the minimum wage

The discrimination against human capital is one of capitalism's most egregious errors. It’s an error Tim Hortons’ franchise holders are making now

The wisdom of raising the minimum wageGovernments in Alberta and Ontario have finally taken the plunge – starting on Jan. 1, they've raised minimum wages. Predictably, the pushback from business has been ferocious. You'd think aliens had landed. Provincial politicians are perceived to be either dangerous anti-business zealots or champions of the little guy, depending on which side of the capital/labour…

Lithuania a country caught between two worlds

A letter from Lithuania: Its history is one of struggle and compromise. Now it's looking to the future and its options with caution

Lithuania a country caught between two worldsVilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a charmingly historic European city that tells a chilling tale of sorrow. Our hotel, directly across from Lukiškės Square (formally Lenin Square and, yes, the statue is gone), stands opposite the Genocido aukų muziejus, a museum dedicated to preserving the memory of the many victims of Soviet cruelty. This…

Justin Trudeau stands tall in China

You’d have thought conservatives would have rejoiced at a Liberal standing up for Canadians. But no, they slammed him

Justin Trudeau stands tall in ChinaIt's not very often that I'm really proud of being Canadian, but Justin Trudeau made me proud this week in China. What did the prime minister do? First of all, he defended western values against a determined communist bully. Secondly, he once again made the essential point that until there’s a common set of rules…

The day I was mistaken for Robert Mugabe

My first instinct was to reverse rapidly out of the courtyard and melt away into the busy streets. But when was I going to get another shot at these guys?

The day I was mistaken for Robert MugabeIt happened just after I arrived in London to establish a United Kingdom branch office many years ago. The seeds were probably sown the day I hired my secretary Elise. Elise had been secretary to former U.K. prime minister Harold Wilson when he was at the British government’s Board of Trade. And she was a…

Uniting Alberta’s scattered political centre

The Alberta Party could offer an alternative for the majority of voters who identify as progressives, but it will take a clarity of vision

Uniting Alberta’s scattered political centreAlberta politics just got a little more interesting. The Alberta Party, a centre-of-the-road progressive group, held its annual convention in Red Deer last weekend. The party has been around for more than 30 years, but for the first time it’s drawing significant attention. The convention drew an impressive 400 or so people, including former Progressive…

Trudeau stands tall in Asia by rejecting the status quo

By rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trudeau is signalling that globalization has abandoned some key principles and must be fixed

Trudeau stands tall in Asia by rejecting the status quoCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shocked the pundits and most trade experts last week when he refused to sign the updated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an 11-nation free-trade deal. His decision to continue negotiating and push for a better deal for Canada had a lot to do with preserving the auto industry in Canada and protecting…

Canadians are masters of mediocrity but we can rise above

NAFTA or not, we need a national commitment to excellence that would help break down regional barriers and connect Canadians more closely

Canadians are masters of mediocrity but we can rise aboveCanadians have a global reputation for being nice; we're polite, trustworthy and, some would say, generous to a fault. Regrettably, these qualities mean Canadians have turned underachievement into a fine art form. Why? At the heart of the Canadian political and business establishment lies a deep-seated sense that it's not our place to compete head…

Alberta’s sex-ed showdown

In a tolerant, civil society, we embrace a diversity of beliefs. But we need to take care that society's core values aren't undermined by religious beliefs

Alberta’s sex-ed showdownJason Kenney, the newly-elected leader of Alberta's United Conservative Party, has made it clear that Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has no business dictating how sex education should be taught in the Catholic school system. “It’s not for me or the premier to dictate to the Catholic education system how it teaches Catholic values,” he has…

Does the Catalonian crisis signal the end of the nation state?

Across the globe, a deep and growing frustration with the nationalist status quo is driving regional politics

Does the Catalonian crisis signal the end of the nation state?The Spanish government's response to the Catalonian independence movement is a reminder of just how fragile nation states have become in the modern world. Mind you, it's hard to imagine a less helpful response than Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's chosen option, arrogantly removing popular regional leaders and imposing direct rule. This is just the…
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