Principles - 1 Government Role

Cost of only thinking in the short-term

A recent article in The Guardian suggested that the government shutdown in the United States is only the most obvious example of short-term thinking.

According to the author governments have become more and more reluctant to look at the long-term impact of decisions. This is having a devastating impact when it comes to issues like climate change.

High dollar blamed for Canada's lack of competitiveness

Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem blamed the increase in the Canadian dollar for Canada's loss of competitiveness in a recent speech to the Economic Council of Canada. A second factor was weak productivity growth, which can be traced back to lack of investment in research and development.

Tuition freeze seen as economic development tool

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador sees it's freeze on university and college tuition as having economic benefits as well as helping make post-secondary education more accessible for people from all financial backgrounds. With an ageing population, Newfoundland and Labrador is expecting to face a labour shortage.

Weak National Household Survey data confirms decision to scrap long-form census is bad for the economy

When the federal government announced it was going to scrap the long-form census, many business groups like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce or the Toronto Board of Trade were opposed. They argued that the businesses needed the information from the long form census to make effective decisions about how to invest. A voluntary survey would not provide the same quality of data as the long form census.

More evidence of problems with Temporary Foreign Worker Program

A Calgary Herald article revealed more problems with how the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is operating. Access to information requests revealed that many companies are being allowed to only pay temporary foreign workers minimum wage. This contradicts a requirement of the program that workers be paid at or near market rates.

Social services a step towards good jobs

A recent video on the work of the Calgary Drop-in & Rehab Centre shows how getting access to quality social services is an essential first step to finding work for many people.

U.S. report finds making manufacturing more energy efficient could save $47 billion a year

A report from the U.S. BlueGreen Alliance is calling for measures to improve energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector. These would help achieve the benefits identified in a 2009 report from McKinsey and Company that found improved energy efficiency would reduce energy consumption by 21% and save U.S.

With energy strategy it would be easier to resolve questions about the Energy East Pipeline

In addition to concerns about the environmental impact, questions are being raised about whether the economic impact of the Energy East plan to convert a natural gas pipeline to carry oil will be positive.

Study confirms link between Saskatchewan employment growth and commodity prices

A recent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of employment growth in Saskatchewan confirmed that the key factor was commodity prices.

This is a reminder of why many are concerned about Canada becoming overly reliant on the natural resource sector.

Report calls on Alberta government to avoid another bitumen bubble

A recent report from the Parkland Institute calls on the Alberta government to take steps to prevent another bitumen bubble from occurring.

The report points out that during the 2005-2008 boom, most Albertans were worse-off. People were working longer without seeing a significant improvement in income, public services were struggling to cope and homelessness increased.