Jock Finlayson

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 –...

Outlook 2018: cloud of NAFTA uncertainty looms over B.C.’s horizon

The coming year promises to be an eventful one for the B.C. business community. While our economy continues to grow at a decent pace, business leaders need to brace themselves for the bumpy road that...

As good as it gets for B.C. business: looking back at a buoyant 2017

The arrival of the holiday season and approach of a new calendar year provides an opportunity to look back and evaluate economic conditions and developments over the past 12 months. For B.C., 2017...

How government can help build bigger businesses in B.C.

To build a more prosperous economy, new businesses have to be created and some existing firms must grow. The business world is characterized by a high degree of “churn,” with many new entrants...

B.C.-Alberta economic links tightest among Canadian provinces

Canada is a federation made up of provinces and territories with a significant amount of subnational autonomy. The provinces are responsible for delivering health care and education and have...

High-wage aspirations demand better productivity fundamentals

Across North America, there is growing public and political support for lifting the legislated minimum wage. In Canada, Alberta and Ontario recently adopted plans to reach a $15-an-hour minimum wage...