Jock Finlayson

Trouble in B.C.’s woods means trouble for the province’s economy

Battered and bleeding, the B.C. lumber industry has seen better days. Today, it is grappling with tough market conditions, a diminished domestic timber supply (along with rising fibre costs), U.S....

The messy mathematics of British Columbia’s CleanBC plan

Climate change is a pre-eminent topic these days, especially as evidence accumulates that the effects of global warming are already being felt. Thus the B.C. government’s timing, in releasing its...

Bold moves needed now to resolve Lower Mainland livability crisis

It is time to get serious about transportation, housing, regional planning and growth in the Lower Mainland. When thinking about the region’s future and concerns about housing affordability and...

Changes to employment law would upset labour market balance

The BC NDP government’s activist policy agenda continues to keep the B.C. business community on its toes. The latest example is the government’s plan to overhaul the Employment Standards Act (ESA)....

Balance tops business wish list for B.C. Budget 2019

As the BC NDP government prepares to table its 2019 budget, there is no reason to believe that Finance Minister Carole James is contemplating any major course corrections. The province’s finances...

Diversified industry dynamics to drive B.C.’s 2019 economic engine

As we enter 2019 and consider what lies ahead for the provincial economy, a review of industry dynamics provides comfort as well as a confirmation that the B.C. economy is now growing at a more...

Canada continuing to lose ground in global competitiveness

In 2018, the penny dropped on Canada’s diminished attractiveness for new business investment. The past year saw a chorus of voices across the business community urging governments to recognize...

LNG Canada atop list of stories affecting B.C.’s 2018 economy

In an environment of rapid economic and political change, further compounded by activist governments at both the federal and provincial levels, identifying 2018’s most significant stories affecting...

Natural gas lifts B.C. economy as housing’s contribution slows

The B.C. economy grew by a surprisingly robust 3.8% (after inflation) last year. This is surprising because not only does it follow a strong 3.2% expansion in 2016, but it also marks another year...

B.C.’s electoral reform referendum a seriously flawed initiative

There is nothing more fundamental to democracy than free elections and the rules by which our legislative representatives are chosen. Changing this system is a serious undertaking – one that demands...