Global Leaders

The Foundation of Canada’s Digital Charter: Privacy Law Reform Focused on a Data-Driven Economy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans last week for a new Canadian digital charter featuring penalties for social media companies that fail to combat online extremism. While the just-released proposed charter does indeed envision increased regulation of the tech sector, my Globe and Mail op ...

rough copy 1 of The economics of Fuller Employment in the Twenty-first Century

The economics of fuller employment in the twenty first century. By Harold Chorney Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, CEA annual meetings Banff, Alberta May 30 2019 (this version is minus the charts because of computer problems) The economics of fuller employment in the twenty first century Ev ...

Trudeau to tech companies: Get tough on fake news or face fines

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned Canadian service and content providers to get tougher on removing fake content online or they’ll be hit with fines. He made the statement Thursday morning in a speech at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, a day after signing with 16 other countries th ...

Elections may bring answers – and more questions – for Europe

It is spring and elections are in the air – along with expectations for increased polarization and uncertainty across Europe. Pro-EU party wins in Spain – but not convincingly General elections in Spain were April 28, and the European Union’s (EU) big fear – that Spain would follow in the f ...

Can central banks still be effective?

Last week was a momentous one for central banks – the minutes from the March Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting were released, giving us insight into the Federal Reserve’s views on the global economy and rate cuts, and the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to remain on its ultra-acc ...

About those 9,000 jobs, Mr. Prime Minister

Author: Kenneth P. Green The biggest losses, unsurprisingly, are in Alberta. Read more about About those 9,000 jobs, Mr. Prime Minister Tags:  alberta jobs oil and gas industry oil and gas market ...

Canada can court Big Tech while creating homegrown success stories

The Trudeau government appears to be downplaying the huge and growing market power of Big Tech while paying too little attention to Canada’s own tech companies struggling to strengthen their intellectual property assets and achieve scale. One reason may be the desire of Prime Minister Justin Trude ...

Three key takeaways from four days in Europe

Last week I had the pleasure of traveling in Europe, meeting with colleagues and clients in several different countries. It was a whirlwind tour, but it was well worth the jet lag to get an in-person account of the various issues facing Europe today. Below, I share three key takeaways from my trip. ...

Six issues to watch in April

The first quarter of 2019 was a wild ride for capital markets — equities and government bonds rallied as U.S. Treasury yields and German bund yields sunk. This was a clear dichotomy, indicating optimism in the stock market but pessimism about the global economy. I believe this reflected more acco ...

U.K. Parliament begins to reveal its Brexit preferences

The latest installment of the Brexit saga went into overtime again on the evening of March 27, as the House of Commons engaged in a first round of “indicative votes” on alternatives to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal deal. While the resolution remains uncertain, the contours of a ...