Barrie McKenna: Why training workers in Canada beats importing them from abroad
December 17, 2012
The Globe & Mail’s Barrie McKenna looks at the long-run necessity to train more skilled-tradespeople in Canada. Our own Eugene Lang also recently wrote on this topic.
Opinion: Excellence and Equity in Skills and Higher Education in Canada
Canada has been a strong performer in post-secondary education and skills development for many years. On key measures we are at or near the top of international rankings and highly skilled Canadians contribute to economic prosperity, social innovation, and political and community well-being. But there are signs that Canada’s performance may be deteriorating and, despite a commitment to equality, opportunities and achievement in skills and higher education have been poorly distributed across regions and groups.
January 21, 2014
Opinion: Industrial policy is back — except in Ontario
Countries with robust industrial policies — especially in Asia and other emerging markets — have seen superior growth performance post-recession.
Canada 2020′s Eugene Lang looks at the sad-state of affairs in Ontario’s, Canada’s former manufacturing heartland and the things governments can do to promote investment, industrial development and economic growth.
Our 2013 Speaker Series kicks off in front of a packed house
This year’s The Canada We Want in 2020 Speaker Series kicked off last night in Ottawa, with a spirited, insightful and provocative conversation about why competition matters to Canadian productivity and innovation.
Issues: Competition Matters – or does it?
It is our contention that if we are to have a more innovative, productive Canada by 2020, the business environment in this country needs to become more competitive. This is by no means the whole solution, and it may not even be the main solution, but it does appear to be part of the answer.
Opinion: Barriers to competition must fall if productivity is to gain
Canada’s lacklustre productivity growth has become a preoccupation of policy makers, and a prime suspect is the lack of competition faced by Canadian firms.