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Polar Bear Meets Panda – Learning How to Trade With China

December 21, 2009

Lin Ai

The traditional custom when visiting a Chinese home is that the host will start by serving you some tea. The ‘tea’ that was served to Prime Minister Steven Harper from China was the lifting of the ban on Canadian pork exports, which are valued at $50 million ...

We Were Not Too Optimistic

December 10, 2009

Centre for Municipal Studies

What a difference a few months can make. Over the course of 2009, my Conference Board colleagues and I toured the country explaining where the economy was heading to a wide variety of audiences, from business leaders to government officials. Throughout ...

Newfoundland and Labrador Leap Into the Future

December 07, 2009

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

Seems like Newfoundland and Labrador is a popular destination these days! I had a chance recently to speak at a symposium in St. John's on the environment for industrial relations. The event was very revealing regarding the province's ...

Sun and Sand or Skates and Snow

December 03, 2009

David Redekop
Principal Research Associate
Canadian Tourism Research Institute

Most Canadians it seems would prefer to watch the 2010 Winter Olympics from the warmth of a sunny beach rather than the snowy mountains of BC. The flood of patriotic Canadians that BC’s tourism industry was counting on to ...

U.S. Climate Legislation Poses Challenges For Canada… And Opportunities

November 27, 2009

Danielle Goldfarb
Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

With the UN climate change convention just over a week away, the environment file is heating up. Last week, Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced that Ottawa would delay announcing its climate change policy until US and global approaches are clearer.

If Canada is ...

Le lait tourne: Les occasions manquées à cause de la politique laitière

November 24, 2009

Danielle Goldfarb
Associate Director
International Trade and Investment Centre

La plupart des Canadiens boivent du lait, mais ils sont une majorité à ignorer combien de manœuvres élaborées ont été nécessaires pour que ce verre de lait arrive sur leur table.

Je ne parle pas de la traite des vaches, travail ...

Spilled Milk: Dairy Policy Results in Lost Opportunities

November 24, 2009


Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Most Canadians drink milk. Most of us, however, are unaware of the elaborate machinations involved in getting that glass of milk on our tables.

I am not talking about milking cows, which is surely hard work. What I am referring to is ...

Labour’s Lament

November 18, 2009

Michael Burt
Canadian Industrial Outlook

Consensus is building that the global recession is done. Many emerging markets are seeing their growth rates return to a robust pace, Europe and the U.S. have both reported economic growth in their most recent quarterly releases, and Canada is expected to join ...

Inflation: A Tempting But Dangerous "Solution" to Fiscal Deficits

November 12, 2009

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

As we begin to emerge from the first synchronized global recession in half a century, a serious medium-term challenge facing governments in almost every nation will be to get fiscal deficits and government debt under control. Allowing a ...

Why the Chinese Aren’t Buying Maple Syrup

November 09, 2009

Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes
Forecasting and Analysis

Canadian business leaders have long been accused of missing the boat on China. While the Chinese have had phenomenal success in boosting their exports to Canada and the world, we have been largely unsuccessful at tapping into the huge growth and potential that ...

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