The painful reality is this: Labour is not scarce; jobs are scarce. And Canada's labour market is not healthy; it's been stalled in recession-like conditions for years.
In reality, do we still have a "real" middle class? Where does the political opportunism start and where does the economic reality end?
The embrace of austerity at the 2010 Toronto summit was a dramatic reversal of the stimulus spending that the world's rich nations had quite effectively adopted to counter the 2008 financial crash.
Another part of the OECD Employment Outlook 2013 that is worth reading in detail is Chapter 2. It provides a thorough revision and updating of the OECD's quantitative index of EPL intensity.
The federal government never tires of boasting that Canada's labour market has performed better than most other countries through the financial crisis and subsequent recession.
Last week, the CCPA released my policy brief on Saskatchewan job creation. It demonstrated that "workforce growth has been almost identical during the premierships of Brad Wall and Lorne Calvert."
The Institute for Research on Public Policy has published a very interesting overview study on the resuscitation of "industrial policy" in economic policy circles.
With Harper making the diplomatic rounds in Europe, media interest has heightened this week regarding the potential free trade agreement which his government is trying to negotiate with the EU.
In our previous blog post, we took a look at five proposals from a feature entitled "A better life without growth" in the French magazine Alternatives économiques.
These suggestions are very interesting and easy to implement. They are meant to decrease individuals' expenses in order to lessen the urge to accumulate money.