Category Archives: Economy

Canada will get a new centrist and common sense leader: Doug Ford in Ontario

Diane Francis: Doug Ford will win the Ontario election, and he will be a breath of fresh air to all of Canada For 15 years, Ontario has been run by tax-and-spend champions the Liberals, and now it’s time for common sense, change and discipline again Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford.Tom Morrison/Postmedia Network files Diane… Read More

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Canadian feds ruining country with high taxes

Every spring Canadians are cranky and deserve to be. It is tax season, the snowbirds are returning to 13 per cent sales taxes, and the 2018 federal Liberal budget broke promises to pensioners and self-employed persons with holding companies. Worse yet, Ottawa’s budget watchdog in its latest economic and fiscal outlook in April said the government lowballed… Read More

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NAFTA talks not going well

Two dramas greatly affecting the future of Canada are playing out badly. Most worrisome is the British Columbia pipeline fiasco where a lawless NDP government has gotten away with impeding a legally approved pipeline and by doing so damaged Alberta, Canada’s engine of growth. Similarly, NAFTA talks are faltering because Canada has failed to play… Read More

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Foreign Students Flood Canada’s Universities and Shouldn’t

Canadian universities are preoccupied with attracting foreign students to boost revenues but should be concentrating on preparing the country to meet future technological challenges. There are now 192,000 full and part-time overseas university students in the country, a cohort the size of Regina, out of a total of 1.7 million enrolled students. But the percentages… Read More

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Bitcoin, crypotocurrencies unregulated and fraud is rampant

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are like the Bre-X stock — they will leave investor hopes in tatters Diane Francis: These are equity issues without rules and investors should avoid them like the plague Anyone can create a cryptocurrency out of thin air.Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg Last week, Arizona’s legislators took the strange step of preparing laws to… Read More

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Trump Immigration Policy is out of Canada’s Playbook!

Trump’s populism may not be attractive — but his immigration policies are resonating with people Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper cleaned up Canada’s immigration mess and his smart template is what Trump’s State of the Union address this week aims to emulate When it comes to immigration, Donald Trump aspires to a Canadian-like process.Win McNamee/Pool… Read More

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Peter Diamandis on 2018 Forecast from Silicon Valley

Technological advances are accelerating at a rapid pace and this year will be no exception. Fasten your seatbelts because here’s a forecast of major trends from Peter Diamandis, one of Silicon Valley’s most influential thinkers and entrepreneurs. Communications: A fifth-generation wireless system, called 5G will roll out this year, allowing users to download a movie in… Read More

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1973 deja vu: cover up, prosecutor, tapes that could sink a Presidency

In the page-turner called the Trump Presidency, few weeks have matched the most recent one. First there was a book describing Trump’s personality disorders, and then there was the release of a revealing Senate Judiciary Committee transcript about Russian connections that Republicans were suppressing. Both point to the fact that it’s looking like 1973 again:… Read More

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