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A Crisis of Our Own Making: Prospects for Major Natural Resource Projects in Canada
February 21, 2019 - Grant Bishop and Grant Sprague

Bill C-69 threatens to further depress investment in the natural resources sector and delay projects by unnecessarily exposing them to political risk, says a new report from the C.D. Howe...

Speed Bump Ahead: Ottawa Should Drive Slowly on Clean Fuel Standards
July 19, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis

Ottawa should clear up confusion about its plans for clean fuel standards, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe Institute.  In “Speed Bump Ahead: Ottawa Should Drive Slowly on Clean Fuel...

Canada's 2018 Innovation Policy Report Card
February 28, 2018 - Daniel Schwanen and Rosalie Wyonch

This E-Brief introduces a new innovation policy report card, comparing key policy indicators affecting innovation performance across 14 countries, focusing on the implications for Canada.


From “Social Licence” to “Social Partnership”: Promoting Shared Interests for Resource and Infrastructure Development
December 1, 2015 - Geoffrey Hale and Yale Belanger

With the new federal government committed to reviewing the approval process for major resource projects, a key focus should be on encouraging stronger social partnerships between stakeholders,...

Let the Market Decide: The Case Against Mandatory Pick-and-Pay

A proposal by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to mandate “pick-and-pay” television offerings for Canadians is deeply misguided, according to a report from...

Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential
May 6, 2014 - Nicholas Li

Consumers should blame government policy, not retail price gouging for large Canada-US price gaps, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US...

Robson, Laurin - Moving Forward with Regulatory Reform
Intelligence Memos
To: The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance From: William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin Date: February 12, 2019 Re: Moving Forward with Regulatory Reform The C.D. Howe Institute’s Shadow...
Why Ontario should hold a second cannabis retail lottery - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s decision last fall to put the retailing of cannabis in the hands of the private sector was a good one. The province recently held a lottery to determine who would operate...
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...
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