I was invited to appear before the House of Commons Industry Committee this week on the subject of Bill C-60, this year's omnibus budget bill.
People are bombarded with appeals to look after their personal finances. There is much less discussion of how interest rates get set, and what is the impact on the economy of spending cuts.
It's budget season everywhere, and it's all about debt and deficits and the elusive quest to balance the beast, which can only be done, it is said, by cutting services or raising taxes.
Divestment from fossil fuels is an idea whose time has come. A new study looks at the implications of unburnable carbon for the Canadian fossil fuel industry, and financial markets and pension funds.
This year the AFB is more inclusive than ever with 27 chapters written by over 90 contributors each laying out progressive policy ideas ready for implementation.
The 2013 Alternative Federal Budget, released this week by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, argues the Harper government's trade policy is not working for most Canadians.
Bitumen boosters like to pretend there is a "consensus" among hard researchers that the Dutch disease hypothesis is false.
Canada's economy needs greater innovation. And our commitment to reduce greenhouse gases needs a burgeoning clean-tech sector.
To deal with doubts about the benefits to Canadians from bitumen exports, and the damage to the environment, the Harper government has taken steps familiar to students of tyrannical regimes.
David J. Climenhaga
Why is the exchange rate rising, you ask? Could it be Syndrome Hollandaise, the petro-version?