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November 15, 2019

Our Prime Minister’s dilapidated official residence is emblematic of Canada’s neglected infrastructure

Our Prime Minister’s dilapidated official residence is emblematic of Canada’s neglected infrastructure

As originally published in The Globe and Mail. While heading to a dinner in Ottawa, I recently drove past 24 Sussex Drive – the official residence of our prime ministers. The home sat dark and desolate, as it has for the past four years. In the moment, it struck me that 24 Sussex has become a metaphor for the country and a cautionary tale about neglecting our country’s critical infrastructure. To be clear, I’m not suggesting that 24 Sussex is an architectural ...

Date:
November 12, 2019

The path to reconciliation

The path to reconciliation

National Indigenous History Month provides the opportunity for us all to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to Canada. But it’s also a chance to reflect on the progress we’ve made and the hard work that lies ahead. The question is: has business done enough? What else could we do to truly reconcile our past and move forward together with Indigenous people? We’ve seen first-hand that progress has ...

Date:
November 5, 2019

Canadian leadership in the global economy

Canadian leadership in the global economy

By any measure Canada occupies an enviable position in the world today. Our reputation is admirable. We are seen as an advanced, progressive and welcoming country – a safe and stable nation with a diverse population and workforce. Our people are well-educated. We have the highest proportion of college and university graduates in the G7. The number of young people pursuing education in the STEM disciplines is rising faster than in other university programs. Our natural resources are in demand. Canada ...

Date:
October 22, 2019

Raising our game

Raising our game

Canada consistently ranks as one of the best countries in the world in which to live. Despite that, growing numbers of Canadians – young people in particular – are telling pollsters that they are uncertain or worried about their future economic prospects. An Abacus survey last spring found that nearly 40 per cent of millennials feel worse off than their parents’ generation. From high personal debt levels to out-of-reach housing costs, there is no shortage of problems feeding this sense of uneasiness. But ...

Date:
July 8, 2019

Premiers need to reaffirm commitment to interprovincial free trade

As originally published in The Globe and Mail Goldy Hyder is president and chief executive officer of the Business Council of Canada. Dan Kelly is president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Every day, it seems our politics are becoming more divisive. Fortunately, there is one area where parties of all stripes can find common cause: interprovincial trade. The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), implemented in 2017, is a shining example of multipartisan co-operation. The initiative ...

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