Author: John Robson

John Robson: If Ottawa has a pipeline policy, now would be a good time to share it

Canadians need a formal statement of federal pipeline policy from the top. The production, transport and use of fossil fuels is not a tawdry distraction from the elevated and noble business of governing. It is central to our prosperity and it’s time for a broad, coherent vision, complete with practical details, from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As in most advanced nations, Canadians’ standard of living depends heavily on consumption of fossil fuels. But in our case it depends significantly on their production too, especially in Alberta, whose current difficulties should also bring our sense of compassion and regional fairness...

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Welcome to “Been There, Done That”

Welcome to Been There, Done That, Shouldn’t Have. Please try to keep smiling as we delve into economic history to look at instructive disasters we’re liable to repeat today while congratulating ourselves on being bold and new. What’s to smile about, you ask? Lots of things. First, we’re going to do economic history, not the sort of “economics” that surrounds you with a swarm of Greek letters buzzing and stinging like angry bees. I’m a historian by training, not a mathematical economist, and I don’t really think equations tell us a whole lot about the human condition. Indeed because I...

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