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 […]

Transit and Tax Credits: A Lesson in Preparing Your Audience

Jonathan Kates  Immediately following the release of Budget 2017, I found myself caught up in a whirlwind of opposing viewpoints thanks to the Liberal government’s discontinuation of the Public Transit Tax Credit (PTTC). Normally, I would welcome such discussion, but in this case, it quickly became apparent that members were sorting themselves into two groups. […]

Brush up on your Economic Literacy with a Primer on Employment Multipliers

Jenny Mutton Reports have surfaced showing that the Ontario government just spent another large sum to keep the Medical and Related Sciences (MaRS) partnership afloat. Nationally, the Canadian government is going through with a $15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, despite human rights concerns over its recent execution of 47 people. Inevitably in the […]

Seen and Heard: SPPG’s Gender & Public Policy Workshop

Michael Stacey  Born out of an especially vibrant discussion in Dr. Dan Zuberi’s Social Context of Policy Making class last year, the School of Public Policy and Governance’s Gender & Public Policy Workshops are a student-led attempt to address critical policy issues that remain absent from SPPG’s current curriculum. Last Friday the first Workshop welcomed […]