Canadian Outlook with the Chief Economist: Unfair Trade

The Conference Board of Canada, August 15, 2018
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The Canadian economy is facing significant headwinds. The trade sector is in turmoil, due to protectionist actions imposed by the Trump Administration. And the domestic economy is showing signs of a slowdown in consumer spending and a decline in residential investment.

Get the latest detailed global, Canadian and provincial outlooks in this quarterly webinar. In an uncertain environment, the Conference Board’s outlook is essential material for economic analysts, business decision-makers and policy-makers.

Webinar Highlights

  • The U.S. Economy—Growth Amid Turmoil: The U.S. is now in its ninth consecutive year of growth. There is concern about how much longer it can last, and what happens when the pace of growth begins to ease.
  • Export Outlook Remains Poor: Canadian exports are continuing to underperform despite strong demand in the U.S. and a competitively low Canadian dollar. Unilateral U.S. tariffs and general uncertainty about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement don’t help matters.
  • Domestic economy slows: High debt levels and rising interest rates will also force consumers to reduce their pace of spending compared to 2017.
  • About Pedro

    Photo of Pedro AntunesAs the Conference Board’s Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis and Deputy Chief Economist, Pedro Antunes is responsible for managing a team of economists in producing the Conference Board's medium and long-term economic forecasts along with other economic indicators and reports. Pedro is a spokesperson for the Conference Board and does presentations on the forecast to clients and the public and is often cited in the media.

    Pedro joined the Conference Board as an economist in 1991 after working with the Canadian Forecasting Group at the Bank of Canada. He has moved progressively into more senior positions since joining the Board. Prior to his current role, he was Director of the Conference Board's National and Provincial forecast team; and was responsible for custom research work and economic analysis.

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