Category Archives: Canada

The Notwithstanding clause comes back to haunt us just as Pierre Trudeau warned it would. Ontario Premier Ford says he intends to use it to overcome a Superior court decision declaring his restructuring of Toronto city council in the midst of an election violates the charter of rights.

The increasingly clear indication from Ontario’s new right wing government is that it leans in. a very partisan disruptive direction and shows little respect for democratic rights and freedoms. It is nothing less than demagogic to argue the government is … Continue reading

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Long term consequences of a lopsided trade deal need to be carefully evaluated

It s now more than thirty years ago on October 4th 1987 that Canada ,under the direction of the then Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney , agreed to a free trade agreement with the United States. In doing so it … Continue reading

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Montreal elects environmentalist and left of centre Valerie Plante as its next mayor

Montreal where I have lived ever since 1982 when I moved here from Toronto has once again turned to the left and to bicycle riding environmentalists and community activists for its new mayor and governing party. The election turnout was … Continue reading

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The JFK docs: Canada Cuba and the U.S.

The recent release of previously secret archival files in the JFK archive has come at a very busy time in American and world news. The release is a massive one which will take some time to absorb and analyze. So … Continue reading

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British national debt 1690 to 1910

(originally published on my blogspot blog in 2010)   Over the years that I have researched the question of the national debt and its impact upon an economy I have always been astonished at how boldly politicians, journalists and others … Continue reading

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Bank of Canada prematurely hikes interest rates underestimating potential damage to employment

The Bank of Canada announced a further 25 basis point increase in the bank rate despite the fact that unemployment is still above 6 % and there is absolutely no evidence of inflationary pressure in the economy. Whatever rise in … Continue reading

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Yellen announces 25 basis point rate increase. Will this dampen Trump’s infrastructure stimulus ?

The chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen has announced a small but policy significant increase in their targeted range for interest rates from 0.25% to 0.50 % to 0.5% to 0.75%. The over night funds rate sits at 0.41% … Continue reading

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