Electric vehicles will reshape the economy: report

Rapid adoption could cause an 11% spike in Canadian electricity demand, requiring utilities to make significant infrastructure investments

Electric vehicles will reshape the economy: reportA new report the presence of an estimated 13.2 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 will change Canadian energy demands. The EY Canadian electric vehicle transition – the difference between evolution and revolution report was released on Monday. It says Canadian sales of electric vehicles grew 165 per cent year over year in…

High-speed rail case difficult to make

Governments and taxpayers need to look more closely at several factors, including transportation, impact and costs

High-speed rail case difficult to makeListen to the promoters and you would think the Vancouver-to-Seattle-to-Portland high-speed rail proposal is a great idea. For many, high-speed rail is a panacea that promises to solve all of our transportation and environmental problems. But governments and taxpayers need to look more closely at several factors, including transportation, impact and costs. High-speed rail has…

Lack of pipelines, infrastructure cripples Canada’s ability to compete

CAPP report calls for a clear government commitment to resource development and a competitive fiscal environment

Lack of pipelines, infrastructure cripples Canada’s ability to competeCanada has an abundance of natural resources, but a lack of pipelines and insufficient infrastructure are crippling our ability to compete for global market share, says a new report by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. “Before they will invest in Canada, global investors need to see that the Canadian federal and provincial governments are…

Building lasting stability in the western Canadian economy

My advice for Western Economic Diversification Canada as it builds a 10-year strategy for growth

Building lasting stability in the western Canadian economyWestern Economic Diversification Canada is working on a 10-year strategy to make the four western provinces competitive, innovative and inclusive, attracting business and investment and generating good jobs. To build the strategy, they’re seeking answers to the five questions below. Here are my thoughts on those questions: What does a stronger western Canadian economy look…

Doug Ford’s abuse of power for petty personal gain

The premier is ignoring very real problems across Ontario in order to settle a personal vendetta with Toronto city council

Doug Ford’s abuse of power for petty personal gainIt’s no shock that Ontario Premier Doug Ford wishes to shrink the size of Toronto city council. Conservatives like small government. Ford, a former Toronto city councillor, and his late brother Rob, a former mayor of Toronto, were known to be libertarian. They regularly made it clear that they believed that government should be leaner…

Canada needs to become more densely populated

We need a larger internal market that would create economies of scale and further economic productivity growth

Canada needs to become more densely populatedFormer prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King once quipped, “If some countries have too much history, we have too much geography.” This has always been evidenced in Canada’s low national population density, estimated at about four people per square kilometre. Nevertheless, we’re still a highly urbanized country with more than 80 per cent of our…