Category Archives: Economy

Old Political Elite Out, Trump Brings in New Business Elite

The political elite, many of whom are concerned about the rise of Brexit and U.S. President Donald Trump, spent some time whining and dining during last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. But the corporate elite, those who financially support the world’s most rarified gathering, were busy figuring how out to profit by divesting from Britain,… Read More

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Trump will undo the Davos and free trade agenda globally

The Davos elite gather from Jan. 16 to 20 in the Swiss Alps to do business and to advance a decades-old agenda of globalization, multilateralism and environmental responsibility. Davos embodies a distinctly European” sensibility and Canadian governments love its multilateral vibe. But the only American president to embrace this fully was Bill Clinton. No president… Read More

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Trump’s New Energy and Trade Norm

INTERNATIONAL Shifting Political Norms and International Diplomacy by Diane Francis Issue 3, 2016 The centerpiece will be a $1-trillion infrastructure scheme that will include repairing and replacing the country decaying bridges, airports and buildings. But energy will play a major role. The two overriding objectives of the Trump Presidency will be job creation and economic… Read More

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On Being Amazoned as well as Googled

The Christmas retail season was good news all around, and Donald Trump took credit for this in a tweet. But the facts are that the world of retail has nothing to do with a President-elect and, unfortunately, will ruthlessly eliminate jobs due to technological trends, not NAFTA or China. America is king of retail and… Read More

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Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State: Canada Wins and Russia May Lose

There’s hand wringing south of the border over the nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State. But north of the border there should be celebration. That is because he, like Exxon, admires and understands Canada, and has continued to support pioneer innovations in the Canadian oil industry. Exxon has invested here… Read More

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National Post: Adios NAFTA and Hola US-Canada Free Trade Agreement

The election of Donald Trump can be expected to improve Canada’s economic outlook and speed up the economic integration that has been underway for a generation between the two nations. Hopefully, it will be “adios” to NAFTA as we know it, and “hola” to a reconstituted 1988 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Canada and the United States…. Read More

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Jan. 12: Keynote Outlook Lunch Toronto

The annual Outlook Lunch is a must-attend event for Toronto’s business community and is co-sponsored by The National Post as well as the Canadian Club. It features six speakers who will make fearless forecasts from their viewpoint and area of specialization: Economic outlook; political outlook; business outlook; geopolitical outlook and a lively question and answer… Read More

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