National Newswatch

‘That free lunch is going to catch up with us’: Canada’s economy will take a beating if there’s a third wave of COVID-19

Feb 18 2021 — Heather Scoffield — It’s getting harder to look the other way and assume that an economic recovery is just on the horizon. Warnings about a third wave of COVID-19 have crescendoed to a roar. The premiers of Ontario and Quebec are loosening restrictions on movement and contact, even as dangerous new variants take root and while widespread vaccination […]

Never mind roads and bridges, here’s what Canada needs to invest in to pull itself out of recession

Feb 16 2021 — Heather Scoffield — The reason politicians get a sparkle in their eye when the subject of infrastructure comes up is because the projects usually come with more roads and bridges, jobs, local spending and ribbon-cutting ceremony that voters might remember when they go to cast their ballots. Infrastructure is the classic example of the proverbial win-win-win when it […]

Donald Trump only promised to bring manufacturing jobs back from overseas. Can Erin O’Toole actually deliver?

Feb 10 2021 — Heather Scoffield — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is starting to add some ingredients to his recipe for rebuilding the economy. In recent speeches and in comments to the Star’s editorial board this week, O’Toole has begun outlining his case for restoring jobs, buoying traditional Canadian industries and “reshoring” production of key goods in Canada, all while curtailing dependence […]

Erin O’Toole rejects Chrystia Freeland’s economic recovery strategy as a radical experiment. So what’s his plan?

Jan 26 2021 — Heather Scoffield — updateArticle was updated 25 mins ago She is the country’s first female in charge of fiscal policy, and she is thinking big — big deficits, big spending, big government. The description fits Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, but it also describes Janet Yellen. Yellen won the overwhelming support of the U.S. Senate on Monday to […]

Navdeep Bains was driving a plan to rebuild Canada’s post-COVID-19 economy. What now?

Jan 12 2021 — Heather Scoffield — Until Tuesday, Navdeep Bains was a man on a mission. After five years as innovation minister, and slowly but surely refocusing industrial policy on actively pushing economic growth, Bains now leaves the levers of a pandemic recovery in the hands of his replacement, François-Philippe Champagne. The timing of his departure is challenging. In the next […]