Brian Lee Crowley

And you thought it was all about stimulus!

Naive Canadian that you are, you may actually have believed the government when it offered the following justification of budget deficits at a time of economic growth: We are not satisfied with the rate of economic growth so we are going to borrow while interest rates are low and use the money to build productivity enhancing infrastructure that will pay for itself through the increased tax revenues generated by the new economic activity. Sounded good, didn’t it? Well like most things that sound too good to be true, this was too. Read the bad news in an op-ed by Sean Speer and me that appeared in the Financial Post on 8th November 2016.

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National security shouldn’t take a back seat to trade: Sean Speer and me in the FP

Writing in the August 30th 2016 edition of the Financial Post, Sean Speer and I argue that Canada should be open for business, but being open for business doesn’t mean you are obliged to treat with the Mafia, or in the case of our natural resources, Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Such investment investment isn’t the same as from American or Norwegian or Dutch sources, even when they are state-owned. Ottawa should resist the temptation (as it is rumoured to be doing) to relax state-owned enterprise investment restrictions where China is concerned. It’s not worth the risk.

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Justin Trudeau was selling deficits; the G7 wasn’t buying

The recent G7 meeting in Japan should give Prime Minister Trudeau ‎reason to reflect on his plan for deficit spending as Sean Speer and I argued in an op-ed on June 3rd in the Financial Post. He arrived in Japan determined to sell other leaders on the merits of budgetary deficits to grow the economy. But his peers weren’t buying. ‎The summit’s 14,000-word communiquĂ© was silent on calls for more government spending.Perhaps the other G7 leaders know something Justin doesn’t, or at least something he is trying his darnedest to ignore….

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Brian Lee Crowley
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