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TPP Is Key for a Services Superpower Like Canada

July 02, 2015

Danielle  Goldfarb
Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Jacqueline Palladini Jacqueline Palladini
Senior Economist

Canadians generally perceive themselves as natural resource exporters, but that perception is stale-dated—notwithstanding the prominent role played by the energy sector and other resource industries over the past decade. From insurance to health care, four out of five Canadians ...

Oil Prices on the Mend … But Can It Last?

July 02, 2015

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

World oil prices have made a comeback from the low $40 per barrel mark in March, to around $60 in June. This is welcome news for Canada’s oil industry, where many drillers can’t survive on prices below $50 per barrel and will still struggle ...

Calgary Housing Market Feeling Like Wile E. Coyote

May 19, 2015

Robin Wiebe Robin Wiebe
Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies

A frequent scenario from the classic Warner Brothers' Road Runner cartoons features Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner to the edge of a cliff, then overshooting the mark and hanging in mid-air. It is only when Mr. Coyote looks down ...

Despite Salary Cap, NHL Ice Still Tilted Toward Wealthy Franchises

April 30, 2015

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

The NHL playoffs have moved on to the second round, and among Canadians, only folks in Montréal and Calgary are required to be stuck inside watching hockey—the rest of us have the option to begin gardening or hitting ...

Canada Has Plenty of What India Needs

April 14, 2015

Danielle  Goldfarb
Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Brent DowDall
Senior Writer
Forecasting and Analysis Division

Canada should seize the enormous economic opportunities available in India. Narendra Modi’s historic trip to Canada from April 14 to 16—the first bilateral visit to this country by an Indian prime minister since 1973—will ...

Manitoba’s Economy: Strong Growth, Modest Outlook

March 02, 2015

Brent DowDall
Senior Writer
Forecasting and Analysis Division

The economic outlook for Manitoba is good news, at least in the short term. Along with British Columbia and Ontario, Manitoba will be among the provincial economic leaders over the next two years. Manitoba is expected to see real gross domestic product ...

Why Is a Recession in Alberta the Most Likely Scenario for 2015?

January 16, 2015

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

The Conference Board of Canada’s new provincial economic forecast concludes that a recession is the most likely scenario for Alberta in 2015. This assessment has been widely reported in news and social media. We feel it is appropriate ...

Vehicle Sales Have Limits Too

January 16, 2015

Maxim Armstrong

Senior Economist, Industrial Economic Trends
Forecasting and Analysis

With Canadian auto sales breaking records and U.S. sales nearing their historical peaks, the recovery from the effects of the 2008–09 financial crisis is complete. People are now starting to consider the long-term outlook for vehicle sales. Indeed, given ...

Canada and Mexico Can Sweeten a Sour Relationship

January 12, 2015

Brent DowDall
Senior Writer
Forecasting and Analysis Division
Danielle  Goldfarb
Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

The Economist generally does not spend a lot of time on Canada–Mexico relations. And when it does mention Canada or Mexico, the reference is related either to domestic issues or, more likely, their respective ...

Why “Bottom of the Barrel” Oil Prices Won’t Last

January 07, 2015

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister has stated unequivocally that there will be no cuts in his country’s oil production no matter how low prices tumble. Ali al-Naimi recently told the Middle East Economic Survey that even if oil falls to $20 per barrel, the ...

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