Diane Francis

Editor-at-Large, The National Post

Diane Francis is the Editor-at-Large at the National Post, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC in the Eurasia Section, Adjunct Faculty at Singularity University in Mountain View California, a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management and a Director of Lake Shore Gold. She is one of the world’s leading business writers and keynote speakers on the trends and geopolitics that transform companies, individuals, governments and societies around the world. <br> <br> Diane has written nine books on white collar crime, politics, immigration, economics, geopolitics and finance, including the bestseller, Who Owns Canada Now: Old Money, New Money and the Future of Canadian Business. Diane is a regular guest on Canadian and U.S. news television and radio and was a columnist for Maclean’s Magazine, New York Sun, the Financial Post and Toronto Sun Newspapers. She was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and has been a Media Fellow for the World Economic Forum for 20 years. <br> <br> Diane divides her time between Toronto and New York City. <br> <br> Learn more about Diane at <a href="http://dianefrancis.com" rel="nofollow">dianefrancis.com</a>
Let the Ukrainians Vote On EU or Russia Once and For

Let the Ukrainians Vote On EU or Russia Once and For All

Russia is home to the biggest Ukrainian diaspora in the world, an estimated 20 million or so persons of Ukrainian descent live there. The Russian minority in Ukraine is estimated to be as high as 40 per cent of its 45 million population. Frankly, if a division along EU versus Russia lines exist the country as now constituted is untenable.
02/26/2014 12:30 EST
Rich Foreigners Are The Best Thing To Happen To New York

Rich Foreigners Are The Best Thing To Happen To New York City

Attacking New York's newest, part-time residents like us is fiscally foolish. The facts show that we are the solution, not the problem, to New York's budget. We are walking wallets -- and we just want to have fun. Robust condo sales to people like us have brought economic development and jobs.
02/25/2014 12:08 EST
Ukraine Has No Choice But to Join the

Ukraine Has No Choice But to Join the EU

Ukraine's Orange Revolution 2.0 has been underway for months and crowds are now demanding that the President leave office. Ukraine's only hope is to join the European Union because its leaders have proven to be corrupt and undemocratic or ineffectual. The EU would, as it has with other former Soviet satellites, become steward and provide a template for modernization of Ukraine. Yanukovych and Putin alike have overplayed their hand by authorizing snipers to murder innocent people in the streets of Kiev.
02/21/2014 05:52 EST
Canada, Let Florida Educate

Canada, Let Florida Educate You

In Canada, organizations like the Society for Quality Education have been fighting for improvements. But Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia have resisted efforts by them and others to return to traditional methods of teaching mathematics despite the fact that Canadian students are falling behind, according to OECD global results in 65 nations.
02/12/2014 12:36 EST
My 2014 Wish List: Get Rid of the

My 2014 Wish List: Get Rid of the Politicians

Canada's short-term economic prospects are good, but the outlook, both medium and long-term, is another story. That's because Canada's biggest competitive disadvantage are its politicians. Most function like trust fund brats, lacking the mindset or skills to steward or protect the national endowment. Here's my political wish list for 2014
01/11/2014 05:02 EST
My Fearless Forecasts for

My Fearless Forecasts for 2014

At the Canadian Club Outlook 2014 luncheon I listed a number of predictions, as I've done for years, on the strength that the only clunker I've had in the past two years is my 2012 bet that gold prices would hit $2,000 US per ounce. On that note, here's my list of forecasts.
01/07/2014 12:25 EST
6 Reasons Canada Won't Share America's Economic Growth in

6 Reasons Canada Won't Share America's Economic Growth in 2014

Consumer debt is Canada is worrisomely high. The housing bubble in Ontario, condo craziness, has forced prices for all real estate upwards, and increased borrowing, with the result that Canadians now have switched places with the Americans as holders of the highest consumer debt.
12/27/2013 02:45 EST
U.S. and Canada Should Become Partners in the

U.S. and Canada Should Become Partners in the Arctic

The fact is that Canada may announce claims, but it's too little too late and quite beside the point. Canada is not even in the Arctic game and cannot catch up unless it invests hundreds of billions of dollars or, alternatively, joins forces with the rich and powerful United States. Here's why.
12/13/2013 05:35 EST
Canada Needs to Think More Like a

Canada Needs to Think More Like a Company

Facts are that the new cold war is like the old one but is about conquering markets and resources. Canadians and Americans must join this economic weapon race and creating a trade sales force through embassies is a decent beginning. But much more needs to be done in concert with the Americans.
12/03/2013 12:34 EST
Rob Ford Distracts From Canada's Other Political

Rob Ford Distracts From Canada's Other Political Disasters

It's too bad that Toronto's mayor has attracted so much publicity but it's, on balance, a very good development for Canada. There will be the Rob and Doug Show and, more importantly, he's hogging the spotlight away from others whose behaviour has been worse.
11/18/2013 01:35 EST
Let's Follow Saskatchewan's Lead and Move to Abolish the

Let's Follow Saskatchewan's Lead and Move to Abolish the Senate

Saskatchewan is one of the richest jurisdictions in Canada, second only to Alberta, and has once more lit a firestorm that may sweep the west and profoundly change Canada's politics. Like the launch of public health care and refusal to let foreigners buy Potash Corporation, Saskatchewan led the nation with its initiative to abolish the Canadian Senate.
11/07/2013 07:41 EST
Our Nation's Businesses Suffer From Canadian

Our Nation's Businesses Suffer From Canadian Disease

In competitiveness, Canada did not even make this year's World Economic Form list of the 10 most competitive nations in the world. The problem is that Canada is badly managed politically. In fact politicians run the show and have balkanised the economy to suit their political agendas.
11/01/2013 05:21 EDT
Pipeline Battles Harm

Pipeline Battles Harm Everyone

The Pipeline Bogeyman is the New Baby Seal Hunt -- a cause celebre for environmentalists and their fellow travelers as varied as meddling movie stars or Middle Eastern oil sheikhdoms that finance anti-development, anti-fracking, anti-oil sands efforts.My favourite example of the hidden and cynical geopolitical forces aimed at stifling Canada's economic development was the cinematic flop against natural gas fracking called "Promised Land" starring Matt Damon and financed by Abu Dhabi, the world's third biggest oil exporter.
10/18/2013 06:02 EDT
The World's Most Modest

The World's Most Modest Superpower

Polls in Germany today show Dr. Angela Merkel will win the next election, a stunning result despite her steady hand in support of bailing out the deadbeat neighbours in Europe. She is a political phenomenon and the most powerful female in the world. She is a brilliant, but modest PhD in Quantum Chemistry, who, appropriately, leads the world's most modest superpower.
09/24/2013 12:20 EDT
The Northwest Territories Strikes Oil and Changes Energy

The Northwest Territories Strikes Oil and Changes Energy Prospects

This year, something incredible happened and the planets appear to be lining up for the Northwest Territories. A major discovery of oil in shale deposits was made this year near Norman Wells (900 miles north of Edmonton and 300 miles south of Inuvik) and a bidding and drilling frenzy is underway.
09/20/2013 05:37 EDT
North America's Forgotten Frontier: Canadian

North America's Forgotten Frontier: Canadian Arctic

Canada's North is unexplored, unmapped and undeveloped making Canada itself a laggard in terms of economic development. The territories are cold and remote and unpopulated but so are Alaska and Siberia and yet jurisdictions are massively wealthy and have large populations and infrastructure.
09/18/2013 12:04 EDT
You're Living in a G-Zero

You're Living in a G-Zero World

The G20 summit this week, and the growing Syrian catastrophe, underscores the reality that we are living in a G-zero world. The bonds that once held nations together have severed, and there is nothing close to an international consensus on any hot-button matter being discussed today. Welcome to the G-Zero world, where we exist in a geopolitical power vacuum as the west declines and emerging nations (China, India) concentrate on their own domestic problems. It may be this way for a long while.
09/09/2013 12:21 EDT
Jeff Bezos Will Save the Washington

Jeff Bezos Will Save the Washington Post

While the outcome is fairly obvious, the question is why did Bezos pay $250 million (he paid $500 million but $250 was its real estate) for the Washington Post? Why didn't he just start offering content deals to publishers and journalists then sell it on Amazon as he does now with movies?
08/24/2013 11:26 EDT