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    The Morning Brief - 02.04.19

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Feb 4, 2019 10:36:18 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—GDP November—Bank of Canada on Wages and Consumer Debt—Trans Mountain Pipeline

     

    GDP November

    Last Thursday Statistics Canada released numbers on November’s GDP and revealed that for the second time in three months the Canadian economy had shrunk. It was down by 0.1% in September, then up 0.3% in October and in November declined 0.1%.

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    The Morning Brief - 01.31.19

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 31, 2019 7:20:45 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—U.S. Federal Reserve, Interest Rates and the U.S. Economy—GDP for November—Alberta Oil Production Curtailment

     

    U.S. Fed, Interest Rates and U.S. Economy

    Background to the Decision

    The tone and substance of the announcement made yesterday by U.S. Fed Chair Jerome Powell differed markedly from the one he made after the December 19 meeting of the Fed’s Open Markets Committee. On that date, Powell announced that the Fed was raising rates so that they would range between 2.25% and 2.50%.

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    The Morning Brief - 01.30.19

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 30, 2019 9:31:45 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Competence—in Foreign Affairs and Domestic Issues

     

    Competence

    It was suggested to me during the weekend that competence may be the issue that decides where Canadians will place their votes in October or whenever voting day happens to be. Competence in dealing with foreign affairs and competence when dealing with domestic issues is what is required. 

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    The Morning Brief - 01.29.19

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 29, 2019 7:30:47 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—Bank of Canada Governor Poloz—Finance Minister Morneau—Possible Recession—China Update

     

    Economy

    Yesterday’s question period revealed two attacks from the Conservatives and one from the NDP. The Conservatives asked about the government’s handling (they would call it bungling) of Canada’s relationship with China and then moved to two economic issues. The first was set out in the argument that the government had made Canada less affordable for Canadians and the second was that the Trudeau government broke its election promise by not bringing the budget into balance this year as promised.

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    The Morning Brief - 01.28.19

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 28, 2019 7:58:06 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    The House of Commons Resumes Sitting—Question Period—Canada-China Relations, What Happened and the Future

     

    House of Commons Resumes Sitting

    Between today and when the House is scheduled to rise for the summer recess and the call of a federal election, if that has not happened sooner, there are 69 scheduled sitting days. These are days for the government to have its legislation debated, a debate on the 2019 budget and days set aside for both the Conservative Party and NDP to raise issues in opposition days where the designated party can have its own issues as the subject of debate.

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    The Morning Brief - 01.24.19

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 24, 2019 7:45:57 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Canada, China, U.S., Meng Wanzhow—Extradition—Ambassador McCallum

     

    Surely the last thing that Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues wanted, with the House of Commons resuming next Monday was to find themselves embroiled in a controversy of their own making; a self-inflicted wound. No doubt the extradition issues surrounding Huawei Chief Financial Officer were discussed at length at the cabinet retreat with Canada’s Ambassador to China in attendance and during last weekend’s caucus retreat.  Ambassador McCallum even appeared as a witness at a closed door meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to provide an update and his views on the present state of relations between Canada and China. 

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    The Morning Brief - 01.23.19

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 23, 2019 8:23:17 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—With China, Is there a Path Forward?

     

    A few months ago, there were actually answers to this question. Answers ranged from working towards an all singing, all dancing free trade agreement with China as Australia has completed or when that seemed out of reach, then discussions here in Canada turned to sectoral agreements. All the while the federal government would protest about human rights abuses in China that range from arbitrary detention through to executions and work camps or worse for religious minorities.

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    The Morning Brief - 01.16.19

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 16, 2019 7:29:42 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Canada-China Relations; A Path Forward?

     

    In addition to the issue of whether the government was abandoning its pledge that its most important relationship is with Canada’s Indigenous people as a result of the moves made at Monday’s cabinet shuffle, there was the announcement out of China that Canadian citizen Robert Schellenberg had been sentenced to death for drug smuggling.

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    The Morning Brief - 01.15.19

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Jan 15, 2019 7:59:38 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Federal Cabinet Shuffle—China, What’s next?

     

    Federal Cabinet Shuffle

    Planning a cabinet shuffle, even a relatively minor one, like the one that took place yesterday, takes time, patience and resolve so that nothing will go wrong, nothing will go off the rails. There will be no other federal government announcements on that day, or perhaps just minor ones, but nothing is planned that will stomp all over the government’s good new story of a new, revitalized cabinet, or whatever the background story about the shuffle may be.

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    The Morning Brief - 12.17.18

    Posted by Bruce Carson on Dec 17, 2018 8:18:28 AM

    NATIONAL ISSUES

    Economy—Canada, China and the United States; An opportunity to Rethink Canada’s Approach to China


    Canada, China and the United States

    There is an argument being raised that Canada is slowly, through its actions or its government’s tendency to preachiness, finding itself more and more isolated in the world or at least among those western countries that Canada should be able to count on for support. This was the thrust of a column over the weekend in the National Post by Rob Gilles and Paul Wiseman.

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