Chongqing, Bangalore and Canada – December 21, 2011
David MacKinnon discusses the benefits of rapid economic growth in developing countries like China and India, as well as the challenges facing Canada in an increasingly competitive global economic environment.
Why Kyoto Failed in Canada – August 20, 2009
As Canada prepares to enter into negotiations for a climate change pact, it is critical to examine the factors which made Kyoto a failure in this country. The new climate change treaty should only be signed if emission targets are flexible, and responsive to changing demographic and economic conditions.
Growing Heartlandia – May 19, 2009
There is growing interest in the Great Plains and western Great Lakes regions of the United States and Canada for the concept of Heartlandia, an economic region straddling the middle of the North American continent – a North American central economic region spanning Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, North and South Dakota and Minnesota.
Heartlandia – May 18, 2009
The central North American region, known as Heartlandia, should build on strengths through a formalized cooperation mechanism.
The Panic of 2007-2008: Not the Market’s Fault – March 2, 2009
Presentation to the Institute of Liberal Studies by Professor George Braques, University of Guelph-humber, Student Seminar, November 23, 2008.
Parties United Against The Free Market – October 23, 2008
The only answer I can come up with is this: Most voters have no idea how supply management works. They don't realize they're paying more for their weekly groceries because of it. Big Farm, though, knows all about it.
The Post-Lehman World – October 17, 2008
It’s just that there’s a big difference between dreaming of some ideal regulatory regime and actually putting one into practice. Everybody says we’re about to enter a new political era, rich in global financial regulation. The herd might just be wrong once again.
Financial Turmoil: Market Failure or Government Failure? – October 15, 2008
Third, we have learned yet again that government regulation often does more harm than good. As the Wall Street Journal observed, the great irony is that the banks that made some of the worst mortgage investments were the most highly regulated. Bank regulators cannot possibly spot all weaknesses. More emphasis must go on caveat emptor – investors and depositors beware.
An Open Letter to my Friends on the Left – September 12, 2008
To call the housing and credit crisis a failure of the free market or the product of unregulated greed is to overlook the myriad government regulations, policies, and political pronouncements that have both reduced the "freedom" of this market and channeled self-interest in ways that have produced disastrous consequences, both intended and unintended.
Somaliland - Sleeping-Walking Into Disaster – July 11, 2008
"And then came the global warming hysteria, an idea that has more to do with Europe’s prosperous middle class politics and media than it has to do with Science but which no politician in the West could be seen to question let alone oppose. It basically makes three claims: that the world is warming up; we are causing it; and it is a bad thing. Each of those claims could be challenged but no one dared to be seen on the `wrong’ side of this `debate’."
Not Just A Breadbasket – June 22, 2008
Saskatchewan boasts the fastest economic growth rate of any Canadian province not just because of wheat but a rich mix of other farm crops as well as potash, uranium, oil and natural gas, all of which are enjoying record prices.
The World Food Summit: Canada is part of the problem – June 10, 2008
The food-crisis summit that was held in Rome by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) last week reminds us that the protectionist policies of the industrialized countries are having harmful consequences on the well-being of the world population. Canada, the world's fourth-largest exporter and fifth-largest importer of agricultural products, must show its goodwill by reforming some of its programs that harm trade.
It's A Fight To Keep Fishing – May 23, 2008
Like every fish story, there is the one that got away -- now these fishers are refusing to "bush" pickerel and want to sell it on the open market, which is offering a huge dollar these days.
End Of Boom Will Be Painful – May 5, 2008
What we will not have is a lean, productive economy, pumping out strong growth and taking full advantage of the only truly infinite natural resource: human brainpower. Through these long boom years we have received a lot of income but we have not produced much growth with it.
Viva Castro's Departure – March 2, 2008
Michael Silver, President of Silver Jeans – October 29, 2007
The President of Silver Jeans discusses opportunity amid rapid change in a Frontier Conversation.
Andrea Mandel-Campbell, author of Why Mexicans Don't Drink Molson – May 11, 2007
Canada's natural advantages as a trading nation are hampered by a series of protectionist regulations that divert attention and energy from the wealth creation possible from an expansion of its share of international commerce.
Sweden Has Learned From Its Own Lesson – September 26, 2006
After over a decade of Social Democrat rule, Sweden has ellected the centre-right Alliance with their visions of a free economy.
Don't Look Now, But the World Economy Is Booming – August 17, 2006
The world economy is booming. Today, every single one of these developing countries' growth rates is positive. Substantially positive. The slowest growth rate, in Brazil, is still a respectable 3.4 percent.
The Irish Join the World’s Wealthiest – July 23, 2006
Once the paupers of Europe, the Irish have rapidly moved to a place at the top table. Within just a decade, the personal net worth of the average Irish citizen has more than trebled from €46,000 to €148,000 (£102,000).