Canada used to excel at industrial strategy, but now we are satisfied with trade, and any type of trade will do. That hands-off mentality, which is at the heart of global trade deals like the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), goes some way to explaining why Canada's trade deficits are growing, faster with free-trade partners than other countries, and the job intensity of our exports is declining.
Research Associate, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
John Jacobs is a PhD candidate in public policy and political economy at Carleton University and a Research Associate with the Trade and Investment Research Project at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. <br> <br> His PhD research examines the rise of Canada (and the TSX) as home to many of the world's mining companies and the impact this has had on mining and economic development in Africa. His research also examines the impact of trade and investment agreements on economic development and pubic policy. John is the author of numerous public policy publications and is a former columnist with the Chronicle Herald (Halifax).
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