Ken Peacock

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 –...

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...

Digesting hard truths about Canada’s subpar trade performance

Canada is a mid-sized economy, responsible for less than 2% of global output. Closer to home, we represent about 8% of all economic activity across the United States, Canada and Mexico combined....

Economic policy advice for B.C.’s new ‘GreeNDP’ government

As a new B.C. provincial government gets ready to assume office, there is an opportunity for a fresh agenda and new perspectives. The BC NDP government will inherit an economy that has been outpacing...

B.C. still booming despite world’s new slow-growth reality

In the wake of the 2008-09 Great Recession, global economic growth has downshifted. Indeed, for many economists, it has become increasingly clear that we have transitioned to a slower-growth world....

Metro Vancouver needs a cohesive economic development plan

In today’s global economy, the competition for talent, investment and high-value business activity increasingly is playing out at the metropolitan level. According to the Brookings Institution’s...