Economist’s view: Michael Hatch

The tax hike shell game

The tax hike shell game

December 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm 0 comments

More transparency is the fairest way to implement the government’s environmental plans The federal government under Prime Minister Trudeau has announced its first major, headline-grabbing, piece of environmental policy: a national carbon tax floor to increase from $10 per tonne of CO2 emissions to $50 per tonne between 2018 and […]

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Disruption or revolution?

Disruption or revolution?

October 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm 0 comments

With new disruptors and players coming into the auto industry, it looks like we are heading towards a revolution — but are we? Revolutions are, by their nature, rare events. True turning points in history, or genuine breaks from the past, can’t happen every decade or even every century. What’s […]

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Lessons from Brexit

Lessons from Brexit

September 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm 0 comments

Looking at the ripple effects of the Brexit crisis Though an ocean separates us from Europe and the serial crises that have engulfed the continent and the European Union (EU) in recent years, it is hard to avoid wondering for how long Canada can continue to be largely immune to […]

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There’s always a cost

There’s always a cost

August 4, 2016 at 2:58 pm 0 comments

Governments being governments, many are tempted by the idea that difficult policy choices can be made with no negative impact on voters and consumers. Politicians whose careers depend on the often-fickle support of electorates are constantly in search of all-gain-no-pain policies, where touchy questions of tradeoffs are punted to some future unlucky elected official.

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From one region to the next

From one region to the next

June 13, 2016 at 3:41 am 0 comments

Regional policies are creating economic barriers and challenges Canada is well known for being, geographically speaking, one of the largest nations on earth. To fly from Victoria, B.C. to St. John’s, Nfld. would take more than seven hours if a direct flight existed from Canada’s western edge to its eastern […]

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A hot debate

A hot debate

May 4, 2016 at 12:52 am 0 comments

The climate is heating up in a couple of important ways. It’s heating up in a literal sense — global warming continues largely unabated, and each year sets new records for temperatures across the globe. The consensus among scientists is that this is mostly a human-driven phenomenon, and that hundreds […]

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Between the headlines

Between the headlines

March 8, 2016 at 9:19 pm 0 comments

NOT ALL OF OUR ECONOMIC CHALLENGES MAKE THE FRONT PAGE Though 2015 ended on a high note for the auto industry, the new year started with economic headwinds outnumbering good news stories by a wide margin. The collapse in the price of oil — one of our most important exports […]

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Preparing for the future

Preparing for the future

March 7, 2016 at 9:12 pm 0 comments

THE GOOD TIMES ARE ROLLING — BUT THEY MIGHT NOT FOREVER Having just come off three consecutive record years for new car sales in Canada, a period during which new-vehicle sales grew by an impressive amount, it is easy to be optimistic about the recent trajectory of the new-vehicle market […]

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