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Out of chaos, a strategy

With trade deals revised, the U.S. looks determined to remake the world’s trading system to isolate China

Tories have much to learn

Maxime Bernier's comment that his former party seems to have lost its soul has some validity

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USMCA won’t end trade spats

The negotiations that wound up on Sept. 30 are likely to be only the first in a litany of disputes with Washington

Harsh lessons for Trudeau

The Trans Mountain Pipeline decision and NAFTA negotiations may lead to major policy changes for Canada

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Populism is nothing new

Political branding - as practised by Donald Trump, Viktor Orbán and Doug Ford - is harming democracy

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Trade, or “governtainment”

There is more than a tit-for-tat trade war going on between China and the U.S. And Canada should be paying attention

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Method to King Donald’s madness

Trump's tariffs and his personal attack on Justin Trudeau may be part of a strategic retreat from his original threat

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Opinion: CSA decision a big win for the industry

Dealers and advisors can breathe a sigh of relief that there is no blanket ban on trailer commissions and no statutory best interest standard

  • By: IE Staff
  • June 21, 2018 November 17, 2019
  • 10:05

NAFTA 2.0 won’t end trade disputes

Protectionism in the U.S. may not be as severe as it was in 1930, but it remains very much a part of that country's DNA

Is Big Tech getting too big?

Technology giants such as Facebook and Alphabet dominate the economy. Can limits be placed on that dominance?

The budget deserves a closer look

Not long ago, journalists would spend a week or more parsing and analyzing the budget document

Whither the Opposition?

The Liberals survived a terrible autumn in Parliament. Yet, they appear entrenched in power

The irony of pipeline politics

Killing the Trans Mountain pipeline puts climate change strategy in jeopardy

Between a dam and a hard place

After approving a controversial capital project, B.C.'s government must face the wrath of environmentalists

Here we go again

Every five or so years, someone pitches the idea that Halifax needs a professional sports team

A chance to prove your worth


  • February 15, 2018 November 17, 2019
  • 00:02

Trudeau’s cockiness on NAFTA

Would the Americans be willing to ease up on their NAFTA demands if Canada were to back off on its WTO complaint?

On ethics and suit lapels

Trudeau, sanctioned over his 2016 vacation, was hardly the first prime minister to run afoul of ethical standards

Don’t write off NAFTA yet

Finding enough support in Congress to eliminate a program that has benefited significant numbers of Americans is next to impossible

Guest column: Clients, tax and caution

With revamped enforcement powers and the international exchange of information, the CRA is ramping up to pursue impugned tax-motivated investments

Guest column: Theories are no match for reality

More in-depth research is needed at the account level to understand the full implications of regulation on advisors' compensation

Guest column: “Best interest” standard not needed

The carve-outs for any proposed best interest standard to avoid adverse market consequences would be extensive and complicated

  • By: Ian Russell
  • January 29, 2016 November 17, 2019
  • 00:00

Guest column: No change in Alberta’s basic politics

The PCs were toppled and the NDP now reigns, with the right-leaning Wildrose Party in Opposition. But more than 50% of voters chose conservative parties

Guest column: IAP report misses a slew of reforms

The Investor Advisory Panel's report calls for further changes that may not be in the interests of ensuring that investors are informed

  • By: Ian Russell
  • March 26, 2015 November 17, 2019
  • 23:00

Guest column: Opening Canada’s commercial window

New trade agreement with the European Union offers huge opportunities for Canada's investment industry

  • By: Ian Russell
  • December 1, 2014 November 17, 2019
  • 00:00