Joseph Soares
Joseph Soares is a teacher, author and blogger. He served as an advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (2008-2010), as well as to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (2006-2008). He blogs at You can follow Joseph on Twitter @josephsoares.

Entries by Joseph Soares

Use Business Cycles To Attain Greater Success

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2017 | 2:10 PM

The Big Picture. As an entrepreneur, it is easy to lose sight of it, especially in the early stages, when you are long on emergencies and short on resources. However, by becoming familiar with business cycles, you will be able to make better-informed decisions, diagnose and handle business troubles with...

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Nigeria Confirms Africa's Democratic Trend

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 5:51 PM


Lagos, Nigeria -- Africa gave birth to the Arab spring that saw Egypt, Tunisia and Libya oust their long standing and entrenched authoritarian strongmen. Burkina Faso ousted its President when he tried to change the constitutional rules dictating term...

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The Battle of Britain Begins

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 3:19 PM


London, United Kingdom -- Britain will go to the polls this coming May 7 in its first fixed-date election. Years of irresponsible ''New Labour'' pink glasses economics have left the United Kingdom with a significant burden of debt and a structural deficit that...

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Bibi's Re-Election: Against All Odds

(21) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 7:04 PM


Jerusalem, Israel -- Polls predicted the defeat of Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party late into the evening of March 16th, the day before the Israeli general election. The media only added to the drama, the ''Netanyahu era (is) coming to...

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Putin's "Wag The Dog" Communications Strategy

(10) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 2:26 PM

Saint-Petersburg -- You could hear a pin drop on the floor of the tsarist-era Konstantinovsky Palace just outside Russia's second largest city of Saint Petersburg. As the great doors to the majestic room opened, that silence was broken by camera-clicking fanatical journalists looking for the most wanted image in...

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Study: Autonomics Will Kill Half of North America's Jobs

(15) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Jobs by 2025, source: International Federation of Robotics.

Are our workforces and economies ready to face the challenges of automation?

Nearly half of total North American employment is at risk of replacement by automation or computerization, according to a recent study by

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Harper in Quebec: It's Now or Never

(23) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:50 AM

Francophone Quebecois are unique, shaped by more than 400 years of history and an unrivalled environment. According to Quebecois publicist Jacques Bouchard, it is precisely this structural identity that defines the Quebecois Nation; it rules how it behaves as well as how it makes decisions.

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Canada's Big Pharma Should Do What It Does Best

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 6:23 PM

For Canada to compete globally, it must challenge its international competitors head-on by doing what it does best: It must innovate.

Ottawa -- Back in 2012, things looked grim for Canada's Big Pharma industry. A significant number of the industry's high-earning products were about to lose their patent protection, and...

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Extending the Powerful Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Canada

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:21 PM

2014-07-21-partnership.jpg Picture: Getty Images.

Since their overall objective should be to find ways to deliver better services more efficiently to Canadians, and given their remarkable record of success, shouldn't Canada forge ahead with a stronger agenda for more Private-Public Partnerships?

A Canadian Success Story

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We Need To Do More Than Just Sound Off About the Gaza Attacks

(13) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 2:00 PM


When there is no ''Right Answer'', we must labour to find imperfect answers.

For the past six months we have seen ongoing violent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Russia and Ukraine in parts of the latter country.

We have seen...

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France, Put Down the Wine and Learn About Industry From Canada

(12) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 1:47 PM


France: Stubborn ''Big State'' remains unemployed. Coincidence? I think not.

France must confront its demons: The Big State and a Gallic attitude to labour productivity, as its economy suffers. Compared with Canada, France is living on past glories while Canada pursues a way...

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Get High-Speed Rail Policy On Tracks

(5) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 6:49 PM

The Government of Canada does not have a high-speed rail (HSR) policy. Surely it's time it considered one.

Clearly the Government of Canada doesn't have an HSR policy, but surely it's time it did the minimum? A basic and badly-needed step would be to lay the policy and political tracks...

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China Is On Speed. What's Canada On?

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:35 PM


China's "Moon Shot" into high-speed rail has made it number one on this planet.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman admiringly termed it China's "moon shot" of technological confidence. Others would simply call it what it is, China on Speed. It...

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It's Time Canada Gets a High-Speed Rail

(21) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 1:39 PM

When was the last time you heard Canada's Federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt mention the words "high-speed rail" or its commonly used acronym "HSR," in any public speech or announcement? Think hard, and keep thinking, but don't hold your breath while you think.

While Raitt and her government have spent...

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How the Government Dethroned A Crown Corporation

(12) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 11:01 AM

Last week, the Harper government announced that it is putting Ridley Terminals Inc. (RTI), a relatively small federal Crown corporation, up for sale.

RTI is one of those many state-owned enterprises that serves no useful public policy purpose, and really never has. It was built...

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