Canada’s investment recession drags on

The collapse of global oil prices, coupled with weak prices in other commodity markets, a key factor behind Canada’s investment slump

Canada’s investment recession drags onWhile Canada’s economy continues to grind out positive if unspectacular gains in employment and gross domestic product (GDP), below the surface the picture is less encouraging. For several years, our economy has basically been kept afloat by free-spending consumers and overheated real estate markets. Throughout this period, export growth has been meagre and investment outside…

Trump expected to serve up higher food prices

From higher commodity prices to lower business taxes to changes in available labour, Trump's policies could dramatically alter agriculture

Trump expected to serve up higher food pricesDonald Trump has been a topic of conversation at dinner tables for some time. Now, the American president-elect is poised to push up the cost of the food on those same tables. Policy proposals on immigration, trade and security dominated the U.S. presidential campaign. Not much was said about agriculture or food policies. But a…

Commodity slump weighing on Canadian and global economies

Widespread commodity price declines will depress the national economy through this year and probably into 2017

Commodity slump weighing on Canadian and global economiesThe ongoing decline in commodity prices has hit Canada’s economy hard, depressing incomes, and triggering layoffs and capital spending cuts. The U.S.-dollar prices of most internationally traded commodity products have slipped, hammering hundreds of resource companies (and their suppliers), and hurting business and consumer confidence across swaths of the country. And it’s important to realize that…