New trade deal increases American sway over Canada

The purpose of the USMCA is to first promote the economic and trade interests of the U.S. within North America

New trade deal increases American sway over CanadaThe great vociferous North American trade negotiations are finally over. And while the deal could still be derailed by the coming November mid-term elections in the United States, it’s very likely that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will be the new framework for conducting trade on the continent. There has been a lot of ink…

Making sense of health funding dollars and cents

There are provincial winners and losers in the changing world of the Canada Health Transfer and the future could hold even larger discrepancies in funding

Making sense of health funding dollars and centsThe last few years have seen dramatic changes to the Canada Health Transfer (CHT), which in 2017-18 will total $37.150 billion – no small figure. Former prime minister Stephen Harper initiated a full per-capita funding formula without a tax-point equalizing adjustment in 2014-15 – basically a top-down policy change. Harper continued with the six per…

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever

But we don’t have ways to evaluate whether increasing the specialist workforce is always the best investment of our health-care dollars

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than everRecent negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario government highlight the complex relationship between physicians and health spending. As important and trusted gatekeepers to the health-care system, physicians are nevertheless a crucial component of health costs, as the total number of physicians, the volume of health services they provide and the cost per…

Prioritizing key to successful infrastructure spending

Otherwise it could lead to a debt-financed spending spree of epic proportions

Prioritizing key to successful infrastructure spendingDownload this column on infrastructure for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use THUNDER BAY, ON Sept. 22, 2015/ Troy Media/ - With the collapse in energy prices and the decline of manufacturing, the new panacea for economic salvation is “infrastructure”. Governments need to curb their enthusiasm, however, to avoid building up…

Why Ontario should fear further US trade barriers

It has the most to lose from any further barriers to trade and commerce along the border

Why Ontario should fear further US trade barriersDownload this column on US trade barriers for your publication or website. FREE with coupon Terms and Conditions of use THUNDER BAY, ON Sep 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Wisconsin governor and potential presidential candidate Scott Walker’s recent comment that it is not an unreasonable idea to consider building a security wall between Canada and…

Kathleen Wynne playing a dangerous game

Wynne should be running the province not trying to fix the federal election

Kathleen Wynne playing a dangerous gameOntario Premier Kathleen Wynne has jumped directly into the federal election campaign with her aggressive campaigning in support of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and by taking shots not only at Prime Minister Stephen Harper but Tom Mulcair as well. Her strategy, however, is a neither winning strategy nor in Ontario’s best long-term interests. If this…

Ontario’s fiscal crisis keeps growing

It’s deficit, public debt and rising electricity prices are undermining business confidence

Ontario’s fiscal crisis keeps growingDownload this column on Ontario's fiscal crisis for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use THUNDER BAY, ON July 14, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Ontario’s private sector job creation finally seems to be picking up, but two important factors threaten to undermine continued recovery: the provincial debt and high electricity…

Good news, bad news about public sector employment in Ontario

Don’t blame provincial government for increases in public sector employment in Ontario

Good news, bad news about public sector employment in OntarioDownload this column on Ontario's public sector for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use THUNDER BAY, ON Jul 3, 2015/ Troy Media/ - According to Statistics Canada, between 1981 and 2012 public sector employment in Ontario grew by 50 per cent – from 897,291 to 1,343,922 employees. It…

Three mid-sized Ontario cities face varied economic fates

Windsor and London are not recovering from the decline in manufacturing as well as Kitchener-Waterloo

Three mid-sized Ontario cities face varied economic fatesDownload this column for your publication or website. Prices start at $10 THUNDER BAY, ON Jun 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In looking at the recent tumultuous economic change in Ontario, it is useful to compare the southwestern Ontario cities of Windsor, London and Kitchener-Waterloo. Despite geographic proximity, there are differences in how economic change…

Fixing northern Ontario’s economy

Ingrained in the northern Ontario psyche is the belief that only government policy leads to economic development

Fixing northern Ontario’s economyDownload this column for your publication or website THUNDER BAY, ON Jun 1, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Northern Ontario has experienced slower economic growth than the rest of the province for decades now. Its shrinking economic role within Ontario – rooted as it was in natural resource extraction and processing – is a constant economic…
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