Global Leaders

Co vid 19 pandemic confirms again the critical relevance of Keynes and his policy tools

March 27 2020 , The current Covid19 crisis and the American and Canadian response to it by both the President and the Congress and the Fed , the Prime Minister, Parliament and the Bank of Canada is once again proof that Keynes is still very relevant and critically important in understanding how to ...

The CUSMA Culture Poison Pill: Why the Broadcast Panel Report Could Lead to Millions in Tariff Retaliation

As Parliament continues its review of legislation designed to implement the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement (CUSMA), I have had the honour to appear before both the International Trade and Industry, Science and Technology committees to discuss the digital implications of the trade agreement. Whi ...

Expert says CRTC’s data plan proposals for telcos are ‘misguided’

This week, the Canadian Radio and Telecommunication Commission has been holding a review with major Canadian network operators to discuss the affordability and state of competition of the mobile domain in Canada. Between Feb. 18th to Feb. 28th, executives from Bell, Telus, Shaw Communications, Coge ...

CDPQ Gains 10.4% in 2019

Today, CDPQ announced its results, posting a 10.4% annualized return in 2019 and 8.1% over five years (added emphasis is mine): Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) today released its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019. The weighted average return on its depositor ...

Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada: Infrastructure Blockades Damaging Canadian Economy

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. RE: Infrastructure Blockades Damaging Canadian Economy Dear Prime Minister:As you are aware, the ongoing rail and other infrastructure blockades taking place in various parts of the country are creating severe problems for public services, Ca ...

The BTLR and USMCA, Part Two: Why the Broadcast Panel Recommendations Could Cost Canadians Millions in Retaliatory Tariffs

My review of the Broadcast and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel report (previous posts include an overview of concerns, news regulation, Guilbeault’s comments, net neutrality, discoverability claims, consumer costs, potential USMCA violations, and a podcast debate with panel chair Jane ...

Higher Costs and Less Choice: Why Consumers Will Pay the Price for the Broadcast Panel’s Plans to Increase Costs of Internet Services and Sites

In the months leading up to the release of the Broadcast and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel report, there was considerable focus on whether it would recommend a “Netflix tax”, a catch-all term that has come to mean digital sales taxes, corporate taxes, and mandated contributions to ...

The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 38: Debating the Broadcast Panel Report – A Conversation with BTLR Panel Chair Janet Yale

The release of the much-anticipated Broadcast and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel report late last month sparked a torrent of discussion and debate. The 235 page report – often referred to as the BTLR or Yale Report – features 97 recommendations that covers telecom, broadcast, the f ...

5 Minutes for Business: A Love Letter from Canada’s Future Leaders

Ultimately, our workforce is moving towards a culture shift, one tied to a sense of community in the institutions we are a part of. Canada’s next generation of leaders are tired of hearing about the future; they want to shape it. This month’s 5 Minutes for Business examines what we believe our ...

Three issues that could keep global markets reeling

Last week was a momentous one for markets, with coronavirus fears gripping markets and creating a risk-off environment. Stocks sold off while yields on government bonds also fell. Over the course of less than two weeks, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury fell from over 1.8% to 1.51%, and the yi ...