Jock Finlayson

Bull or Bear? Downturn not far off, warns B.C. expert

Q&A | Jock Finlayson, Business Council of BC executive vice-president and chief policy officer, says Canadian policies helping turn boom to bust

Growing tax burden hurts B.C. business competitiveness

In many sectors of our economy, the cost of operating a business has risen significantly over the past several years due to provincial government policy decisions. For a typical business, the most...

B.C. job creation stalls, but province’s job vacancy rate still high

After several years of torrid job growth and a steadily falling unemployment rate, B.C.’s labour market looks to have cooled off. In particular, job creation has come to a shuddering halt so far in...

Housing costs put brakes on migration to B.C. from other provinces

Over the second half of last year, a surprising development occurred – the net inflow of people moving to B.C. from other provinces fell sharply. The drop showed up in the third quarter and persisted...

Alarms ringing over B.C.’s lacklustre productivity performance

Productivity is the most critical determinant of any economy’s long-term growth potential. It represents the value of goods and services produced, divided by the number of hours needed to produce...

British Columbia’s labour code: it’s not broke, so don’t fix it

For those old enough to remember, there was a time when the evening news routinely covered major strikes in the province. Labour disputes were common in the 1970s and 1980s. A few decades later,...

New age of activist governments driving up cost of doing business

Welcome to a new era of activist government. In the last two years, both the federal and provincial governments have outlined more ambitious policy agendas. Each has ramped up spending on social...

Budget’s higher business costs dim B.C. investment prospects

The first full budget unveiled by the BC NDP government offers a mix of higher spending, tax hikes on business and significant commitments to expand child care and address concerns over housing...

Avoiding a deficit should be a BC NDP coalition budget priority

that B.C. Finance Minister Carole James will present on February 20 is the first real opportunity for the BC NDP government to outline its economic and fiscal priorities for the coming years. While...

U.S. tax reforms set to remake competitive landscape for Canada

As finance ministers across Canada start putting the finishing touches on their 2018 budgets, they are sure to be casting a nervous glance to the south. In late December, the U.S. Congress approved –...