It is a sombre day of remembrance for people all over the world who were affected by September 11th, 2001. Close to 3000 people were killed in the barbaric terrorist attack on New York and Washington. Most were Americans but some were Canadians, British, European and others from more than 70 other countries. It was a horrible event and its right that it be remembered and the victims and brave people who sought to rescue them and prevent further deaths and destruction be honoured.Our solidarity with the United States in its hour of need was and is strong. They remain our closest neighbour and valued ally.Even if from time to time we differ on policies and issues and sometimes values, our affection and respect for them remains.
The world has changed in many ways since that terrible day. Two wars followed from these events with many 1000s more killed and our collective sense of peaceful security has been radically altered. So it is appropriate today that we spend some time reflecting on the state of our world, remembering this terrible event and those who were lost and strengthen our resolve for defeating terrorism and fanaticism and its causes and for better and more peaceful days ahead.
I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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