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Has Productivity Growth in Canada Been Stronger than Originally Thought?

December 24, 2012

Alan Arcand Alan Arcand
Principal Economist
Centre for Municipal Studies

There has been much hand-wringing in Canada over the country’s woeful productivity performance over the last 25 years or so. This concern is warranted because productivity growth is vitally important to raising living standards and enhancing the competitiveness of firms. ...

Hey Canada! Are We Really the Best at Anything—Even Hockey?

December 20, 2012

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

As we settle down to watch the annual world junior tournament over the holidays, many Canadians would like to think that we are a top-tier performer among nations. In some cases—most notably hockey, but also publicly-funded health care—we ...

Canada-EU Trade Agreement: A Big Deal

December 18, 2012

Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Canada is on the verge of completing its first major trade deal since the Canada-US free trade agreement in the later 1980s. The federal government and the European Union are aiming to forge a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement by years’ end.

Canadian ...

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