Canadian Outlook Executive Summary: Autumn 2013

The Conference Board of Canada, November 2013
Executive Summary by Pedro Antunes, Kip Beckman
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This quarterly economic forecast provides highlights of the Canadian Outlook report, which presents the short-term national outlook.

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  • Following a subpar performance in 2012 and 2013, Canada's real GDP growth is expected to improve over the next two years, boosted in part by stronger growth in export volumes.
  • Risks to the global economy remain, however, especially in Europe where the economic recovery is fragile and politics have gotten in the way of essential economic reforms.
  • In the United States, divisive federal politics have added volatility and uncertainty to the economic outlook there. Yet, despite the political squabbling, the private sector recovery continues to forge steadily ahead.
  • Fiscal restraint here in Canada will continue at the federal and provincial levels of government. A few provinces have managed to beat back their deficits this year and, absent any surprises, the federal government should return to surplus in 2015–16.

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