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Keystone XL—A Trump Card or One Project Too Many?

January 27, 2017

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Economist
Industrial Economic Trends
Michael Burt
Director
Canadian Industrial Outlook

In one of his first acts as U.S. president, Donald Trump signed an order reviving TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline project. This decision brings the number of major export pipeline projects under consideration to four, given ...

Assessing the Risks of a Trump Administration

January 20, 2017

Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

The election of Donald Trump has yet to change the trajectory of Canada’s economic outlook. However, it has greatly increased the risks to the four-year forecast.

The U.S. economy is faring relatively well at the moment, ...

Obstacles Aplenty in Trump’s Path to 4 Per Cent Economic Growth

January 12, 2017

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

Economic growth in the U.S. has averaged around 2 per cent per year since the end of the 2008–09 recession—one of the slowest recoveries from a severe economic downturn ever. Donald Trump contends that this rate of growth is simply not good ...

What Will Cost Canadians More and Less in 2017

January 09, 2017

Craig Alexander Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist

The rate of inflation is projected to almost double this year, from a mere 1.0 per cent to close to 2 per cent next year—just shy of the Bank of Canada’s inflation target. However, the increase will still cost an average Canadian ...

Economic Performance Drives Rental Market

December 06, 2016

Robin Wiebe Robin Wiebe
Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies

This week’s release of CMHC’s annual rental market data provides further clear illustration of the differing and shifting fortunes among this country’s regions. The numbers, based on a survey of landlords and property managers, reveal extremely tight rental markets in Toronto ...

Can Donald Trump Make the Rust Belt Great Again?

December 01, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

During the U.S. election campaign, Donald Trump vowed to prevent Carrier Corp. from closing two factories in Indiana and moving 2,100 jobs to Mexico. Last week, Trump delivered—sort of. After promising during the election campaign to threaten the firm with a 35 ...

Will the Canadian Economy Get Trumped?

November 10, 2016

Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

The stunning election victory of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States sent shock waves through global financial markets as worries about his threats to tear up trade deals and slap ...

Is Globalization Doomed?

November 04, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

Globalization—generally defined as the free movement of people, goods, and capital around the world—is in big trouble. The Brexit vote and the rise of right-wing parties in Europe hostile to international trade are just two of the more prominent examples of the ...

Putting the Federal Government’s Actions on Housing Policy Into Perspective

October 06, 2016

Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

For years, there have been concerns about overheated real estate markets in Canada, particularly in the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto region. Strong sales and rising prices have been supported by rising mortgage debt, creating worries ...

Getting Harder for Less-Skilled Men to Join the Canadian Workforce

August 30, 2016

Kristelle Audet Kristelle Audet
Senior Economist
Canadian Industrial Outlook

The fall in labour force participation rates among American men has made numerous headlines since 2009. Between 1990 and 2015, labour participation among U.S. men aged 25 to 54 fell from 93 per cent to 88 per cent, but the decline has been much steeper ...

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