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— Mar 26, 2020
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Trudeau government gets unlimited spending authority for six months

The COVID-19 bill effectively eliminates the need for all parties to work together to pass spending legislation for the next six months.

— Nov 21, 2019
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Evaluating Alberta's Energy Regulator

Evaluating Alberta’s Energy Regulator finds that any meaningful reform of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) must target the corporation’s regulatory objectives, decision-making process and procedures because a sleeker, more efficient AER would be a big step in the right direction for Alberta and Canada as a whole.

— Oct 10, 2019
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The Costs of Slow Economic Growth: Collected Essays

The Costs of Slow Economic Growth finds that from 2011 to 2018, Canada experienced an annual economic growth rate of 2.17 per cent. But that an annual rate of 3 per cent would spur an approximately $45,000 increase in Canada’s per-person income after 20 years.

— Oct 8, 2019
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The Myths of Local Food Policy: Lessons from the economic and social history of the food system finds that despite common misperceptions, locally-grown food isn’t better for the environment, doesn’t provide a more stable food supply and it isn’t necessarily safer to eat. And locally-grown food often increases prices for consumers since the high cost of land in or near big cities means urban agriculture is expensive.

— Jul 23, 2019
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Highly Educated Immigrants: Economic Contributions and Implications for Public Policy

Highly Educated Immigrants: Economic Contributions and Implications for Public Policy finds that Canada is successful at welcoming educated immigrants every year, but when it comes to the most educated immigrants around the world—those with PhDs—the United States remains a more attractive destination. In fact, from 2006 to 2016, approximately 1.5 per cent of immigrants to Canada had PhDs , compared to more than two per cent for the U.S.

— Mar 21, 2019
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Canadian Foreign Direct Investment: Recent Patterns and Interpretation

Canadian Foreign Direct Investment: Recent Patterns and Interpretation finds that the amount invested by Canadians abroad has increased 73.7 per cent since 2013, while the amount invested by foreigners in Canada over the same time period has declined by 55 per cent, signalling Canada has become a less attractive place to invest over the past few years.

— Jan 15, 2019
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Innovation in Canada: An Assessment of Recent Experience

Innovation in Canada: An Assessment of Recent Experience finds that Canada's innovation performance has declined in recent years and is falling further behind the U.S. and other developed countries, despite decades of costly innovation programs by successive federal governments. Innovation—developing new products or new ways of doing things—is key to increasing productivity and raising living standards for all Canadians.

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