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Can China Overcome the Burden of History?

December 18, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

The debate over China's long-term growth path continues to rage among academic economists and forecasters. Some, like Harvard economists Lant Pritchett and Larry Summers, contend that the Chinese economic juggernaut is destined to come crashing down to earth at some point over ...

Yuan Trading Comes to Canada

December 11, 2014

Michael Burt
Director
Canadian Industrial Outlook

On November 8, China and Canada announced an agreement that will allow Canada to host a trading hub for China's currency—the renminbi, or yuan. Canada joins a growing list of countries that have similar agreements, but it is the first country in the ...

Balanced Federal Budget Just One Step to Fiscal Health

December 08, 2014

Brent DowDall
Senior Writer
Forecasting and Analysis Division

The federal government’s return to the black in 2015 is not unexpected, but it is still a welcome and necessary achievement. Despite volatile oil prices and uncertain global economic growth, the government has signalled that it intends to keep the budget ...

Income Splitting: Who Wins, Who Loses?

November 05, 2014

Vijay Gill Vijay Gill
Director
Policy Research
Brent DowDall
Senior Writer
Forecasting and Analysis Division

The federal government’s announcement last week that it will implement income-splitting for couples with children under the age of 18 has revived debate over the fairness of the tax system. Under the government’s proposal, ...

Saudi Arabia's Big Gamble

October 30, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

World oil prices have plunged more than 20 per cent since June. Brent crude was around US$115 per barrel not that long ago; it now sits at around $85 per barrel. Dramatic changes in world supply and demand conditions explain at least ...

Un contexte favorable au décollage de nouvelles compagnies aériennes

October 29, 2014

Kristelle Audet

Kristelle Audet
Economist
Canadian Industrial Outlook

Après l'échec de nombreux acteurs de l'industrie du transport aérien au pays au cours des années 2000, le vent a enfin tourné. La conjoncture semble favorable à l'arrivée de nouvelles compagnies aériennes, notamment dans le créneau du transport au rabais.

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The B.C. Government’s LNG Balancing Act

October 23, 2014

Vincent Lauerman
Vincent Lauerman
Director
Energy and Environment

The British Columbia government released two pieces of legislation earlier this week related to its nascent liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry in an attempt to balance fiscal and environmental concerns related to individual LNG projects. The proposed new fiscal regime is expected ...

Natural Gas Outlook Bleak for Producers in the Short Term

October 15, 2014

Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw
Economist
Industrial Forecasting

The buzzword in most industries right now is "disruptors." What do we do with them? And how do we deal with these disruptors? The Canadian natural gas industry is no exception, and the answers are elusive. The disruptor in this case is the ...

Provincial Finances Squeezed By Slower Growth, Rising Health Demand

October 01, 2014

Matthew Stewart
Associate Director
National Forecast
Brent DowDall
Senior Writer
Forecasting and Analysis Division

Canada’s provincial and territorial governments are in a tenuous fiscal position. Many are already struggling to balance their budgets, and their tasks will not get any easier in the future as demand ...

Les finances des provinces mises à rude épreuve par le ralentissement de la croissance et la hausse de la demande de soins de santé

October 01, 2014

Matthew Stewart
Associate Director
National Forecast
Brent Dowdall
Senior Writer
Forecasting and Analysis Division

Les 13 provinces et territoires canadiens ont enregistré un déficit budgétaire combiné de 16,1 G$ durant l’exercice 2013-2014. Selon de nouvelles analyses du Conference Board du Canada, ils pourraient toutefois rééquilibrer leurs budgets ...

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