Jock Finlayson

Long-term recovery hinges on reshaping B.C. business environment

As Premier John Horgan puts the finishing touches on his new cabinet following the BC NDP’s decisive election win, he will be under pressure to reflect the priorities of the various elements of his...

Pandemic turns tables on industries hit hardest in previous recession

Following massive job losses in March and April, the number of people working in the province has been rebounding for five months now, punctuated by a healthy 55,000 jump in September. True,...

B.C. tourism and travel bear brunt of pandemic economic fallout

In looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the economy, one broad sector stands out for the extent of the damage inflicted on businesses and their employees: tourism and travel...

Innovation acceleration could be pandemic’s economic silver lining

The middle of a hurricane is not an ideal time to attempt to measure the full extent of the damage done by the storm. But as Canada’s experience with COVID-19 approaches the half-year mark, we find...

Morneau’s grim economic update highlights Canada’s deluge of debt

It arrived like an unwanted and disorienting thunderbolt. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s Economic and Fiscal Snapshot 2020, delivered on July 8, can fairly be described as breathtaking –...

Canada has some reason for optimism on the jobs front

Statistics Canada’s June employment report confirms that the unprecedented pandemic-induced job losses recorded in March and April are now firmly in the rear-view mirror. B.C. saw a massive 118,000...

Export of services plays a strong and growing role in B.C. economy

As longtime students of the B.C. economy, we have been struck by the increasingly important role of service industries in driving business activity and employment growth. This trend is being...

Non-partisan commission needed to plan for B.C.’s recovery

A few weeks back, Business in Vancouver’s Kirk LaPointe penned a timely column calling on the provincial government to ramp up its focus on the economy. He argues that B.C. needs an economic...

Young workers top casualties in pandemic-related job market carnage

Statistics Canada recently reported that B.C. lost a stunning 132,000 jobs in a single month (March). In April losses doubled as a staggering additional 264,000 jobs disappeared. While the global...

COVID-19 recession scenarios for B.C.: one is bad; one is worse

By now it is clear the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic will be widespread and unusually painful. The shuttering of much of the provincial economy is unprecedented. The halting of...