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June 15, 2016
By John Manley. This piece originally appeared in iPolitics. Responsible Canadian companies, especially those doing business around the world, understand that a reputation for ethical practice is vital to their corporate brands. So it should come as no surprise that business leaders overwhelmingly support the federal government’s attempts to police corporate wrongdoing, and to ensure that Ottawa only does business with ethical suppliers. According to a recent national survey commissioned by the Business Council of Canada and conducted by ...
May 19, 2016
Statement by The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, on the completion of the legal review of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA): “Today’s announcement is an important step in achieving free trade between Canada and Europe. The changes made to the investment chapter reaffirm governments’ right to regulate while ensuring that Canadian investors receive fair treatment. The Business Council calls on Canada and Europe to ratify and implement the ...
May 10, 2016
By John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada and Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. As published in the National Post. When Canada’s finance ministers meet in June to discuss retirement security for millions of Canadians, they will be faced with an important decision: Do we allow provinces to go it alone and create a fragmented pension system that varies from one jurisdiction to the next? ...
April 22, 2016
As originally published in iPolitics. It saddens me to watch my successor as minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion, attacked and criticized over the sale to Saudi Arabia of light armoured vehicles manufactured in London, Ontario. The minister and his colleagues are, of course, right to say that the sale was negotiated and approved before they assumed office. The fact that the minister’s signature was required on the final export permits in no way contradicts the reality that ...
March 14, 2016
As originally published in the Hill Times. March 14, 2015 John Manley Critics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have been quick to claim that it is bad for Canada’s future prosperity. What is missing from this predictable denunciation is any understanding of why our country has chosen to negotiate trade agreements—and benefits from them. Canada, with a population of 35.8 million, is a small market, representing just two per cent of the global economy. We produce more than we consume, ...