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Foreign Investment


Foreign Direct Investment in Canada – The Case for Further Openness and Transparency
July 26, 2018 - Daniel Schwanen

Canada’s performance in attracting foreign direct investment faces serious headwinds, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Foreign Direct Investment in Canada – The Case for...

Better in than Out? Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
April 21, 2016 - Ali Dadkhah, Dan Ciuriak and Jingliang Xiao

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) promises to have a modest impact on Canada, according to ground breaking research from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Better in than Out? Canada and the Trans-...

Mushrooms and Yeast: The Implications of Technological Progress for Canada’s Economic Growth
September 2, 2015 - Peter Howitt

Economic growth from technological innovation tends to spring up in unpredictable places, creating winners and losers, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Mushrooms and Yeast:...

Simplifying the Rule Book: a Proposal to Reform and Clarify Canada’s Policy on Inward Foreign Direct Investment
May 3, 2015 - A.E. Safarian

Ottawa should end the economic review of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Simplifying the Rule Book: a Proposal to Reform and...

Speed Dating or Serious Courtship? Canada and Foreign State-Owned Enterprises
November 26, 2012 - Daniel Schwanen

If Canada wants to benefit from Asia’s long-term growth potential, there is no getting around the need to do business, carefully, with state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to a report...

December 1, 2011 - Daniel Schwanen and Philippe Bergevin

Ottawa should transform the Investment Canada Act to create a broader, more transparent foreign investment review regime to encourage investment inflows while protecting Canadian national...

Brad Duguid – The Regent Debate: Is Canada Facing an Existential Crisis in Competitiveness?
Intelligence Memos
OK, let me start off by saying, I admire and respect all of my former political colleagues on the panel here today. I knew Dwight and Joe when they were positive, optimistic finance ministers.  What...
Grant Bishop - Foreign Investment Would Benefit from the End of Net Benefit
Intelligence Memos
Federal budgets are an annual rite of spring in Ottawa, as is the deluge of advice to the Department of Finance. But budget-making is a yearlong process, and the work is now in progress. Accordingly...
Sorry, Mr. Morneau, but there’s no denying that Canada’s competitiveness is dismal: Financial Post Op-Ed
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and economist Jack Mintz debated Canada’s competitiveness for business investment in Wednesday’s FP Comment. Morneau said Canada’s competitiveness is good, and...

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