Here is a take on the G20 commitment to cut deficits and reduce debt. David Leonhardt, not quite echoing Paul Krugman’s dire warnings, does set out the question with clarity. Will the G20 deficit and debt targets lead to greater private sector confidence and spending to fill the space left by the end of stimulus … Read more
Yes it’s important that the leaders of these diverse countries are talking, and everyone deplores the hooliganism, but what else did we learn? 1) The 20 came together largely to go their own ways – the moment of collective will has passed. 2) The collective interest in working with Africa was a momentary thing. … Read more
Progressivism, most would agree, is an elusive concept. This is a large part of its charm – it doesn’t generate pre-packaged solutions, has to be made concrete based on evidence in specific circumstances, and has the elasticity that these fragmented, changing and often discontinuous times demand. In that sense, we do know what progressivism is … Read more
An op-ed in The Mark News based on previous blogs.
I have been going back and forth with some friends about how to define “progressive”. Clearly, it’s a pretty elastic notion that provides significant room for diverse views and for adaptation to circumstance but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have great value or should be summarily dismissed. Read this terrific piece by Douglas Bell … Read more
As the Parliamentary session sort of winds down, it’s pretty hard to summarize – or for that matter see – its accomplishments. With only a few exceptions that would only serve to dilute the story, this session was dominated by old or second-rate scandals, access to documents, MPs’ travel, committee disappearances by political staffers, G8 … Read more
An excellent op-ed from Gerald Butts of WWF-Canada on what we Canadians should learn from the oil spill disaster in the Gulf. First off, we have no cause for even the slightest bit of complacency; our neighbours to the south have tougher regulations and certainly greater response capacity than we do notwithstanding that the spill … Read more
I just returned from listening to a charming, erudite and, for a refreshing change, fact-based presentation by highly respected economist, Kenneth S. Rogoff. The event, hosted by Canada 2020 and supported by The Centre for Global Challenges, brought together senior policy makers, practitioners and journalists to hear and converse with Rogoff on the implications of … Read more