National Newswatch

Forcing Internet Platforms to Pay Publishers for News Content: What about CUSMA?

Mar 4 2021 — — For months, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has been grappling with how to deal with Google (and Facebook) over the controversial issue of requiring major internet intermediaries to compensate Canadian news publishers for news content appearing on the platforms’ services. Canada has been carefully watching developments in France and Australia, where both governments have been engaged […]

Joe Biden, the U.S. and the Challenges of Iran and North Korea

Mar 1 2021 — — According to documents that then-president-elect Joe Biden published in November and December, Iran and North Korea would not be on the list of his administration’s foreign policy and security priorities. During the post-election transition period, Biden’s teams formulated four political priorities: fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery, racial justice and climate change. Four foreign policy […]

The Canadian Surface Combatant: Capability and Context

Mar 1 2021 — — The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) will replace Canada’s Halifax-class frigates and decommissioned Iroquois-class destroyers with a fleet of 15 modern warships. These ships are the result of a long process of translating government policy direction and naval operational roles and doctrine into the requirements of a competitive procurement won by Lockheed Martin Canada in 2018. […]

How COVID-19 will re-shape global supply chains and the world economy

Jun 3 2020 — Eric Miller — Amid the horror of the COVID-19 pandemic, one is watching history turn in real time. The era of China’s unchallenged rise is now over. Forward progress on China’s growth as a superpower and quest for hegemony in East Asia and elsewhere will henceforth face significant resistance. China’s conduct domestically and internationally has created strong misgivings […]

NORAD: Remaining Relevant

Nov 22 2019 — — A joint Policy Paper from The School of Public Policy and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Most Canadians probably understand that NORAD — the North American Aerospace Defense Command — is an operational military alliance between the U.S. and Canada that has been protecting the two countries from aerial attack and invasion since the Cold […]

Another Way to Buy Frigates

Nov 13 2019 — — It is rare that a senior government executive can participate in the details of two nations’ processes executed in the same time frame to select a warship design for subsequent modification and construction. One is able to compare the different approaches and develop perspectives that are rarely achieved through periodic briefings and the high-level exchange […]

How to Manage LNG Project Risk?

Oct 18 2019 — — Energy use continues to grow, fuelled by global economic growth, population growth, the improvement in living standards, and growth of the middle class in the developing world. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA): “Rising incomes and an extra 1.7 billion people, mostly added to urban areas in developing economies, (will) push up global energy […]

Rediscovering the Cost of Deterrence

Sep 17 2019 — — The Canada-U.S. Permanent Joint Board on Defence (PJBD) held its 238th meeting in Ottawa this June. Established in 1940, the PJBD1 was created to provide study and recommendations to the governments of both Canada and the United States for the joint defence of “the north half of the Western hemisphere”. Of late, there has been […]

Strong, Secure, Engaged: A Two-Year Review

May 8 2019 — — The Trudeau government released its defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, in June 2017 with considerable fanfare around the publication’s fiscal underpinnings. It was stated that the policy review that led to the document was the most rigorously costed Canadian defence policy exercise ever. The policy was supported by external auditors and accompanied by several fiscal […]

Updating an ODA Policy in Canada: The Role of Global Remittances in Development

Apr 13 2019 — — The federal government has pledged to update Canada’s official development assistance (ODA) policy and this paper examines the potential important role of remittances in the development program. Remittances can serve as a significant form of cross-border capital flows and can have sizable effects on both the sending and receiving countries. This policy piece provides an […]