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Why the Liberal's Fiscal Plan is the Most Sound

(19) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 8:01 AM

With almost all of our 2015 election commitments now in the public domain, the Liberal Party published on Saturday the fiscal plan that will guide the implementation of our platform over the next four years.

It has been well received, earning positive feedback from both UBC Economics professor...

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The NDP Has the Same Priority as the Conservatives -- Balance the Budget

(13) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 12:35 PM

According to Thomas Mulcair, last week was supposed to be when the NDP would nail down the fiscal framework around their campaign platform. It turned into a train wreck -- three big things went wrong.

First, their numbers don't account for everything they've promised. Big things like infrastructure,...

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Trudeau's Pro-Growth Platform Is All About Jobs

(47) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 6:25 PM

With a strong plan to invest in jobs and economic growth, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has boldly distinguished himself from both Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair.

Canada is on the brink of a second recession under Mr. Harper. His growth record is the worst of any Prime Minister...

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Harper's Economic Record Is Sub-Mediocre

(117) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 6:12 PM

On Stephen Harper's watch, Canada has suffered through two recessions. He failed to anticipate either one.

Before the first one (which began in late 2008), Mr. Harper's management was reckless. He ignored warnings about housing bubbles and banking weaknesses in the United States. He overspent by...

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Mr. Harper's Feeble Leadership Has Resulted in a Feeble Economy

(50) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Listening to Stephen Harper talk about the economy, you get the distinct impression that someone else entirely must have been running the country for the past 10 years.

Since 2006, Canada has been stuck with the weakest economic growth record in eight decades. Most recently, our GDP has actually been...

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93 Per Cent of Canadians Get Nothing from Doubling TFSA Limits

(94) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:49 PM

At a time when the Canadian economy is sputtering -- with virtually no growth, weak job creation, poor job quality, large trade deficits, record household debt, and low confidence levels -- governments need to be careful in their policy choices.

What will best drive jobs and growth, and provide the...

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The Harper Government Has Failed to Walk the Talk on Public Safety

(41) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:41 PM

As Stephen Harper's government fills the airwaves with messages of fear, war and terror -- talking about anything but the faltering Canadian economy -- it's important to ask if Conservatives are putting their money where their mouth is.

Given all of Harper's heated rhetoric, you would think that agencies responsible...

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After 50 Years of the Canada Pension Plan We've Run Off Course

(26) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Lester Pearson was a remarkable Canadian. We first came to know him as a proficient global statesman, skilled in the diplomacy of multilateralism. He assisted at the birth of the United Nations, invented the concept of peace-keeping, and won the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1963, he became Prime Minister of...

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Temper Tantrums in Question Period

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Last week, Social Development Minister Candice Bergen went off on a flight of fancy with false accusations about the economic record of previous Liberal governments. She was wrong about transfer payments, wrong about deficits, wrong about taxes and wrong about services.

I wondered at the time how she could be...

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Harper's Made a Mess of Our Economy, But It's No Crisis

(94) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 4:53 PM

To reinforce his obvious campaign themes about fear and insecurity, Stephen Harper has taken to describing Canada's current economic situation as a "crisis."

If that's his pitch, one should ask under whose watch did this so-called "crisis" develop? And why is Canada so vulnerable -- after more than nine years...

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Harper Should Not Brag About His Fiscal Reputation

(118) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 11:35 AM

With Canada's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) actually shrinking and despite having the worst economic growth record of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett, Stephen Harper seems keen to brag about the fiscal reputation of his Conservative Party. Well, let's take a close look.

To begin with, here's an interesting question:...

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Why Are Harper and the Bank of Canada Following Contradictory Strategies?

(27) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:37 AM

Stephen Harper's vaunted "management" of the Canadian economy is bedevilled by serious contradictions and mediocre results.

Mr. Harper once spoke enthusiastically, at home and abroad, about the central importance of Canada's energy sector. We are a global superpower in oil and gas, he said. And he looked to that one...

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Harper's Budget Delay Shows Fear and Incompetence

(107) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 4:18 PM

Sharply dropping oil prices and a weakened Canadian energy sector are revealing the limited, ineffectual nature of Stephen Harper's economic policies. Those policies, focused almost exclusively on that one sector, are too narrow. They have rendered Canadians more vulnerable and less resilient. And his government seems out of gas.


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Will Erin O'Toole Be More Like Robert Borden or Stephen Harper?

(11) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 4:19 PM

It's good that Julian Fantino has been fired from the Veterans Affairs post in the federal Cabinet. His toxic mix of incompetence and insensitivity were a profound affront to Canada's veterans. Not much is known yet about his successor, Ontario MP Erin O'Toole. He's clearly a better communicator than Fantino,...

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Blame Harper for the Shameful Mistreatment of Canada's Veterans

(153) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Yes, Julian Fantino's shambolic performance as Minister of Veterans Affairs has earned condemnation from coast to coast, and he should resign. But he is not the ultimate source of the problem for Canada's veterans. That shameful distinction rests with Stephen Harper.

Mr. Harper's government is a one-man show. Mr. Fantino...

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Only Stephen Harper Stands in the Way of an Effective Government

(105) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:26 PM

I've watched a good many Premiers Conferences during my 26 years in Parliament. This year's get-together in Charlottetown has to rank among the best for both substance and tone.

On healthcare, services and facilities for the elderly, and retirement incomes for middle-class Canadians, the Premiers were right on-target with the...

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Why Reports Say Canada's Economy Won't Recover For Several Years

(6) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:17 PM

This week the Bank of Canada reiterated our country's weak economic standing by downgrading expectations for growth both this year and next. "Right now, we don't have a sustainable growth picture in Canada," Governor Stephen Poloz said. The Bank is now forecasting that Canada's economy won't recover from the doldrums...

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Harper Must Answer For Duffy's Crimes

(43) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:17 PM

It's a terribly sad day for Parliament when a member of the Senate gets hauled before the criminal courts to face 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust. The formal trial of Mike Duffy is about to begin.

But his personal fate is no longer "the...

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Don't Be Fooled By Harper's "Surplus"

(43) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 10:50 PM

Stephen Harper continues to have the worst economic growth record of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett in the 1930's, and the most recent employment statistics, for June, confirm yet again that most of the Canadian economy is stalling.

About 16,000 new people entered the labour force nationally last month,...

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By-Elections: Liberal Momentum Grows While the NDP's Situation Deteriorates

(25) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:37 PM


It was Stephen Harper at his manipulative worst when he scheduled four federal by-elections on Monday, June 30 -- i.e., in the midst of a pre-Canada Day long weekend. He wanted to make voting as difficult as possible, suppressing both turnout and news...

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