National Newswatch

Some pieces still missing in Canada’s green puzzle

Jul 5 2019 — Heather Scoffield — National consensus on the urgent need for Canadians to do something about climate change? Check. Political consensus that the Paris Agreement to reduce emissions is a goal worth shooting for? Check. Court decisions confirming the federal government has ample scope to act decisively? Check. Growing realization that electrification on a grand scale is our best […]

Record-setting job numbers show why we should welcome more immigrants

Jun 7 2019 — Heather Scoffield — It’s undeniable. New numbers published Friday show Canada’s labour market is delivering new jobs, better wages and opportunity in every demographic. Here’s some even better news: immigrants — recent and long-settled both — are a central part of the labour-market strength in Canada, a trend that points to receptive employers, adaptable skill sets among workers […]

With a nod to Ford, Scheer eyes the path of less disruption

May 28 2019 — Heather Scoffield — A cynic would say a modern-day populist embraces disruption for disruption’s sake. It’s a way to keep anti-establishment supporters motivated and everyone else constantly off kilter. On fiscal policy, Ontario Premier Doug Ford fits the bill. Since the rollout of his first budget, his government has been bathing in disruption, facing outcry from constituency after […]

Scheer’s big ideas still need numbers to back them up

May 17 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Heavy on symbolism, light on detail. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer left Parliament Hill on Thursday for Toronto’s financial district to roll out his proposals for Canada’s economy, the second in a series of policy speeches meant to define his campaign to become the next prime minister. He evoked the memory of gold magnate Peter Munk, […]

Canada is limping toward a day of revenue reckoning

Apr 26 2019 — Heather Scoffield — The fresh batch of federal fiscal numbers that popped up Friday reaffirmed what Ottawa has been seeing through much of 2018: a generous flow of tax revenue to finance government announcements that don’t exacerbate the deficit. February saw a fiscal-year-to-date surplus of $3.1-billion, propelled by an 8.6 per cent increase in tax revenue compared to […]

Canada’s richest didn’t flee from tax hike

Apr 23 2019 — Heather Scoffield — It was bold and controversial at the time, and remains so today. Critics were quick to pounce when the federal Liberals presented their big and expensive tax-and-transfer package of the 2015 election campaign as an experimental remedy to income inequality and the populism it often spawns, They said the tax elements of the package — […]

Canada’s path to an ‘intangibles’ economy

Apr 14 2019 — Heather Scoffield — There’s a new assessment of how well-prepared Canada’s economy is for a fast-changing world of technology-driven work and business, and as these reports tend to go, it ain’t pretty. Canadian workers aren’t properly trained, we’re not having enough babies to supply a robust workforce, and if our entrepreneurs find a way to embrace technology, they […]