It's a financial mood swing, not economic reality, that explains the loonie's rocketing ascent. To rein in the loonie, we must rein in the oil export juggernaut squeezing out all other exports.
As an energy strategy, emphasizing energy exports raises a number of serious social and environmental concerns, as Alberta's tar sands 'gold rush' has shown.
With the federal Liberals now semi-officially supporting the banning of Canadian asbestos exports, a political debate that has been suppressed for over 20 years is truly beginning.
Whether we have hit bottom or not, the employment numbers suggest that resilient Canadians, despite the odds, are somehow managing to grow a new economy from the bottom up.
In B.C. alone 300 people will die from workplace exposure to asbestos this year. But no political party with significant Quebec representation in Parliament has the guts to call for a ban.