Plant closures in Southwest Ontario price of no industrial strategy
In the space of a month, it was announced that two major employers in Southwest Ontario – the Heinz plant in Leamington and the Kellogg's plant in London – will close. In both cases, the news might have been very different if federal and provincial governments had adopted an industrial strategy that made good jobs and protecting the environment a priority.
Danger of Leamington plant closing known since 1990
End of Canadian Wheat Board monopoly blamed for delays in shipping grain
The federal government's decision to end the Canadian Wheat Board's (CWB) monopoly on selling Canadian wheat is being blamed for delays in shipping grain to market.
A Saskatoon Star Phoenix editorial pointed out that:
Trade agreement debate about type of economy, not trade
The debate on trade agreements is not about whether there should be more or less international trade according to a recent Broadbent Institute blog post. Instead, what we are debating is what type of industrial policy we will pursue and whether one of the goals will be good, well-paying jobs.
Canada's reliance on energy sector increasing
September trade figures confirm that Canada is increasingly dependent on oil and gas. While the trade deficit was down, it was only because of a 22.9% increase in oil and gas exports in the last year. Without that, Canada's trade deficit would have increased.
End of steel making in Hamilton shows need for industrial strategy
An article in the National Post this week by Steelworkers leaders Leo Gerard and Ken Neumann showed how lack of a steel strategy or broader industrial strategy is hurting Canada.