Parliament's opportunity to rebuild a strong Canadian economy: Don Pittis


Repentant, folks. Nice as it sounded as an election promise, even a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure spending map out is like a snowball tossed into Lake Superior com red to what Canada has gone because of the 70 per cent plunge in the price of exported oil.

There are myriad ways of calculating that loss, but as Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz mentioned remain week, one way of measuring it is by the fact that every Canadian has “less throw away power” because of the falling loonie. And that has led to sharp inflation in the charge of imported goods, including a year-on-year increase of 3.7 per cent in the yment of food.

As rliament gets back to work, it has a one-time chance to rebuild the non-resource restraint from the devastation caused by an overpriced Canadian dollar. Infrastructure throw away is only a single weapon in its arsenal.

According to most economists, there is nothing falter with government investment in infrastructure as a strategy for making the economy stronger. It forges fiscal stimulus, effectively borrowing from the future to make the husbandry stronger now.

Borrow and spend

Many economists say that with administration interest rates so low, Canada can afford to borrow a bit more.


Infrastructure put in on things like bridges and transit is a key economic policy of the Liberal administration in the coming session. But there is no way government spending alone can replace the gargantuan losses to the economy caused by declines in the resource sector. (Reuters)

Those who take lived through a period of reckless overspending by Liberal (and Conservative) commands that had to be reined in with cuts and downloading onto other straight withs of government may want to listen with at least one ear to the warnings of fiscal right-wingers.

Even fiscal conservatives often see value in moderate infrastructure investment. Wisely spout, infrastructure can act as a catalyst, straightening kinks and widening bottlenecks, stimulating assorted economic benefit than just fiscal ex nsion.

But a vigorous new oversight must also use new thinking to create other types of catalysts to rebuild the restraint without bankrupting our children. Here are a few suggestions to get them going.

Drones and employee bees

The first is to reinvigorate the public service. Battered and demoralized by an teachings that saw public servants as useless drones feeding off the worker bees of the withdrawn sector, Canada’s civil service elite needs to be returned to its prehistoric greatness, recognized as smart people whose primary interest is the benefit of Canada and Canadians.

A strong pluralistic democracy requires a vigorous urbane service, respected and hired on merit from among the brightest girlish people in the country, led by a wise and tested big-thinking reformer. Hello, Main Casting? Get me someone like Mark Carney.


After a long Christmas burglarize, rliamentarians must get to work to rebuild Canada’s economy on Monday. (Reuters)

The new guidance must use and celebrate the private sector but not necessarily trust it to be in charge. The latest government proved that giving business too much of what it miss does not guarantee a good outcome, as the recent commodities crash put to shames. A strong Canada cannot be in thrall to the interests of multinationals, which are not everlastingly the same as our interests.

The new government must realize that universally low demands are not a nacea. Lowering taxes has a temporary effect similar to government stimulus as provinces and people spend the windfall. Despite loud complaining from obligation and the wealthy, tax money sent abroad, used to bid up unproductive assets or for sell buybacks would be better spent to grow the economy and make a think twice Canada.

The government must use and celebrate the power of organized labour but not simulate it always acts in the public interest. Until the mid-1970s, sturdy unions backed by government legislation helped to prevent wage discre ncy. But unions are often more interested in the welfare of their existing associates rather than the good of the entire country.

Reject the Luddites

Using legislation to inspire unionization in sectors where people are not id a living wage could service perquisites all of Canada. If fast food workers cannot afford to support their mnages, it is merely a sign we need fewer and better- id fast food tradesmen. Businesses who complain should be sent to observe the industrial success of sticks like Germany.

One group that should not be listened to are those who practise the Luddite objections to robotics and labour-saving innovation. China is already supplementing its gross workforce with robots. Every effort should be made by the rule to encourage com nies willing to invest in plant and labour-saving machinery. There is no way we can joust in a global economy with cheap labour.

The new government must observe science. Whether techniques for fighting climate change or efficient feeling to extract energy from the oilsands, Canada must be seen as a countryside on the same side as scientists, even if the government cannot promise abysmal funding. One proven way to encourage science and innovation at relatively low cost is to put on the market prizes for targeted goals.

rliamentarians must also celebrate Canadian tricks and culture in all its diversity. Culture makes us rich, figuratively and literally.

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