A new kind of common market beckons Canada

There’s never been a better time to have a free-trade, investment and work-permit regime between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore

A new kind of common market beckons CanadaAs international trade deals devolve – or disintegrate – new opportunities should present themselves. Britain is leaving the European Union. Canada may be forced to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if President Donald Trump’s conditions for Canada’s membership become too painful. Several other nations are in unsatisfactory trade and investment treaties, and…

The renewable energy movement ignores real world problems

The energy revolution has brought conventional utilities to the brink, only to discover that solar and wind power can’t be relied on

The renewable energy movement ignores real world problemsAustralia’s new National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has a sad, dangerous resemblance to Canadian policy. It’s a desperate attempt to make renewable energy projects viable when they’re not. The idea is to always have ‘dispatchable power’ – alternative sources – available to relieve brownouts and blackouts that result from an increasing dependency on renewable power. The…

What Canada can learn from Australia on health care

There are elements to adapt and ones to avoid, from pharmacare, to home care, to hospital efficiency and funding, to a mix of private and public health delivery

What Canada can learn from Australia on health careA recent conference in Toronto addressed whether Australia has anything to teach Canada about how Canadian medicare might evolve. It’s a useful question to explore. Australia and Canada share many characteristics, but Canadians may not know that one of them is that Australia’s universal health insurance scheme, Medicare, was modelled on Canada’s – albeit adapted to…

The phone call heard around the world

Infamous phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull will become the stuff of legend

The phone call heard around the worldWhat was everybody in Ottawa talking about yesterday? The electoral reform thing, for sure – but everyone knew it was a dumb promise, and one that had been without vital signs for months. What’s happening now – with the NDP leading the way with typically over-the-top hysteria – is what John Turner used to call…