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A Black Mood A black mood A black mood debt


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A Black Mood A black mood A black mood debt

The political mood of Canadians took a sharp, dark turn over the last year, according to tracking by Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Canadians are becoming significantly more critical of the Conservative government’s performance, with a majority saying, for the first time since Stephen Harper took office, that the country is moving in the wrong direction. 


By IRPP, Canada


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Cracking Canada’s Productivity Conundrum debt


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Cracking Canada’s Productivity Conundrum debt

Beneath the veneer of Canada’s stellar economic performance in the 2000s lies the conundrum of slow productivity growth. Most of Canada’s economic strength over the past 10 years has been due to strong labour force growth and sharp increases in prices for Canada’s natural resources. But as IRPP Research Fellow Someshwar Rao shows in this study, neither of these can sustain the growth capacity of the Canadian economy in the future. Economic growth will increasingly depend on productivity — the ability to create more economic value by working smarter. 


By IRPP, Canada


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FOCUS ON SKILLS, NOT THE NUMBER OF WORKERS, AS WORKFORCE AGES debt


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FOCUS ON SKILLS, NOT THE NUMBER OF WORKERS, AS WORKFORCE AGES debt

Employers and policy-makers should view the significant slowdown in the growth of the labour force expected in the next 10 years as an opportunity rather than a threat, says a new study from the IRPP. If Canada improves the development and use of skills across the labour force, the decade ahead could actually be one of rising wages and productivity, which have long been elusive. Such a turnabout is imperative if we are to maintain a high standard of living in the context of an aging population.


By IRPP, Canada


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Canadian Policy Prescriptions for Dutch Disease debt


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Canadian Policy Prescriptions for Dutch Disease debt

The resource boom of the past decade has widened economic and fiscal disparities in Canada between resource-rich provinces and the rest of the federation. Canada’s tax and transfer systems are ill equipped to respond to these challenges. New thinking and stronger policy responses are needed, particularly regarding the treatment of resource rents and the role of fiscal federalism. 


By IRPP, Canada


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