The GM Closure in Oshawa and the Future of the Auto Industry in Canada

by Daniel Blazekovic On November 7, 1953, production began at the Oshawa General Motors (GM) assembly plant. A century later, the Oshawa plant has become “the most decorated plant with 29 J.D. Power awards, [with] a proven track record of great quality and customer satisfaction.” On November 26, more than 65 years after GM began…

Policy’s Role in Economic Development – November 9, 2018

Good morning subscribers! Economic growth is of vital importance for the well-being of Canadians. Increases in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) help improve tax revenues for governments, living standards, and development outcomes. It is also associated with reduced unemployment and poverty rates. Given the grand significance of the Canadian economy, today’s Weekly Brief includes several articles…

Capital Flight: Canada’s Economic Bogeyman

by Megan Mattes In the past few years, backlash against globalization has grown powerful enough to shift political and economic outcomes in the United Kingdom and the United States. While there are certainly some serious concerns to be had regarding globalization, such as its tendency to accentuate income inequality, there are other concerns that are…

Foreign Direct Investment in Canada: A Complicated Opportunity

by Kyle Muir The Government of Canada’s recent decision to block the purchase of Aecon Group Inc. by Chinese state owned enterprise (SOE) CCCC International Holdings Ltd. for $1.5 billion in the interest of ‘national security’ is the just latest example of the country’s habit of placing politics ahead of economic prosperity when faced with…

Pan-Canadian Perspectives: Go BIG or Go Poor? Is Canada Ready to be the Pioneer of the Basic Income Guarantee?

Editor’s Note: This week, the PPGR is publishing commentary articles from public policy and public administration students at universities across Canada. This Pan-Canadian Perspectives series is meant to highlight voices from coast to coast, addressing diverse issues of local and national importance. This article  from the West Coast: Rehnuma Jahan Islam from Simon Fraser University…

Pan-Canadian Perspectives: The TransMountain Pipeline and the National Interest

Editor’s Note: This week, the PPGR is publishing commentary articles from public policy and public administration students at universities across Canada. This Pan-Canadian Perspectives series is meant to highlight voices from coast to coast, addressing diverse issues of local and national importance. The first article in this series is a perspective from the East Coast:…