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Beheading Canada’s history: The desecration of Sir John A. Macdonald’s image in the Canadian national memory

Beheading Canada’s history: The desecration of Sir John A. Macdonald’s image in the Canadian…

Canada’s first prime min­is­ter, Sir John A. Mac­don­ald, used to be regard­ed as one of Canada’s great­est states­men. Looked upon with high rev­er­ence, his name adorned pub­lic insti­tu­tions and his image was craft­ed in bronze mon­u­ments that…

Canada in Extremis

    Canada in Extremis

    Rebal­anc­ing t he Cana­di­an Armed Forces and Rebuild­ing the Cana­di­an Navy.

    Roadblocks ahead: Internal barriers to trade in Canada’s truck transportation sector

    Roadblocks ahead: Internal barriers to trade in Canada’s truck transportation sector

    Canada’s truck trans­porta­tion sec­tor faces sig­nif­i­cant eco­nom­ic and legal…

    TikTok – CHINA’S GLARING TROJAN HORSE: How Beijing uses the intensely addictive app for digital surveillance and influence operations

    TikTok – CHINA’S GLARING TROJAN HORSE: How Beijing uses the intensely addictive app for digital…

    Amidst the con­tro­ver­sies over the ​“Tik­Tok ban” is the strug­gle between free speech…

    Let’s Rebuild the Foundation: Reinstating Canada’s Adult Literacy Knowledge Infrastructure Requires Federal Leadership

    Let’s Rebuild the Foundation: Reinstating Canada’s Adult Literacy Knowledge Infrastructure Requires…

    Lit­er­a­cy prac­ti­tion­ers used to have access to a once robust nation­al adult…

    A bumpy road ahead: a critical assessment of Canada’s Electric Vehicle Availability Standard

    A bumpy road ahead: a critical assessment of Canada’s Electric Vehicle Availability Standard

    This paper exam­ines Canada’s plan to man­date that by 2035 100 per­cent of new vehi­cles…

    Group Up! A Case For Accelerated Canadian Submarine Procurement

    Group Up! A Case For Accelerated Canadian Submarine Procurement

    To any­one who been fol­low­ing defence relat­ed media of late, it will come as no…



    Decline and fall: Trends in family formation and fertility in Canada since 2001

    Decline and fall: Trends in family formation and fertility in Canada since 2001

    In this paper we exam­ine three ques­tions: do peo­ple gain sig­nif­i­cant­ly from being…

    Emerging Technology and Five Eyes: Implications for Canadian Defence

    Emerging Technology and Five Eyes: Implications for Canadian Defence

    In 2017, the Cana­di­an gov­ern­ment unveiled its updat­ed defense pol­i­cy, Strong…

    Canada’s resource sector: protecting the Golden Goose

    Canada’s resource sector: protecting the Golden Goose

    Despite the impor­tance of nat­ur­al resources to our econ­o­my, Cana­di­ans often…

    Development needs can conflict with nature,  but with knowledge we can grow together
    Widespread shortages, skyrocketing costs: the growing calamity that is government-controlled child care

    Widespread shortages, skyrocketing costs: the growing calamity that is government-controlled child…

    In its 2021 fed­er­al bud­get, the Lib­er­al gov­ern­ment intro­duced its nation­al child…

    Budget 2024: A glaring omission in Canada’s health security defenses

    Budget 2024: A glaring omission in Canada’s health security defenses

    The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment out­lined a num­ber of small steps in pan­dem­ic…

    Budget 2024: A major step forward for Indigenous project ownership

    Budget 2024: A major step forward for Indigenous project ownership

    A doc­u­ment imbued with incre­men­tal­ism offered at least one big ener­gy pol­i­cy…

    Improving Access to Food and Essential Needs: Options for a More Generous Cash-Transfer Benefit

    Improving Access to Food and Essential Needs: Options for a More Generous Cash-Transfer Benefit

    The ongo­ing cost-of-liv­ing cri­sis has high­light­ed the defi­cien­cies in Canada’s…

    Dire Straits: Houthi aggression in the Bab al-Mandab Strait

    Dire Straits: Houthi aggression in the Bab al-Mandab Strait

    Since Novem­ber 2023, Yemen’s Ansar Allah mili­tia – known as the Houthis, after its…



    The New Mobility Era: Leveraging Digital Technologies for More Equitable, Efficient and Effective Public Transportation

    The New Mobility Era: Leveraging Digital Technologies for More Equitable, Efficient and Effective…

    Dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies have the poten­tial to enhance urban mobil­i­ty to achieve…

    What Spending Two Per Cent of GDP on National Defence Means for Canada

      What Spending Two Per Cent of GDP on National Defence Means for Canada

      The authors are grate­ful to numer­ous defence and secu­ri­ty strate­gists includ­ing…

      Success assured? Appraising the Canadian-led Enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Latvia

      Success assured? Appraising the Canadian-led Enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Latvia

      At the 2016 NATO War­saw Sum­mit, mem­bers announced the for­ma­tion of the enhanced…

      We can’t seem to get things done in Canada anymore: how can we fix it?

      We can’t seem to get things done in Canada anymore: how can we fix it?

      Cana­da faces sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges includ­ing weak per capi­ta income growth,…

      A Match Made in Heaven: China-Russia Tech Co-operation and Canada’s National Security

      A Match Made in Heaven: China-Russia Tech Co-operation and Canada’s National Security

      For sev­er­al years, tech­no­log­i­cal co-oper­a­tion between Chi­na and Rus­sia has been…

      So Far, So Good: C.D. Howe Institute Business Cycle Council Declares Recession Avoided in 2022, 2023

      So Far, So Good: C.D. Howe Institute Business Cycle Council Declares Recession Avoided in 2022, 2023

      Weak­ness in Cana­di­an GDP since the Bank of Cana­da began rais­ing its pol­i­cy rate in…

      The Size of Government in Canada in 2022

      The Size of Government in Canada in 2022

      This bul­letin mea­sures the size of gov­ern­ment in Cana­da, by province, based on total…

      Mind the Gaps - How Atlantic Canada can keep up the momentum

      Mind the Gaps - How Atlantic Canada can keep up the momentum

      “Why Atlantic Cana­da Remains White and Poor” — that was the blunt and provoca­tive…

      Government As Enabler: Responding to Canada’s Rising Social Woes

      Government As Enabler: Responding to Canada’s Rising Social Woes

      Cana­di­ans are fac­ing ris­ing lone­li­ness and social iso­la­tion. More than two-fifths…



      Trudeau government must change fiscal approach in upcoming budget
      The China Factor in the Evolution of Cross-Strait Relations, 2024 and Onward

        The China Factor in the Evolution of Cross-Strait Relations, 2024 and Onward

        In the com­ing decade, main­land Chi­na can be expect­ed to con­tin­ue affirm­ing,…

        Federal government should appoint expert panel to study what happened during COVID-19 pandemic, says major new report

          Federal government should appoint expert panel to study what happened during COVID-19 pandemic,…

          A major new report calls on the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to appoint an expert pan­el to…

          The Cost of Business Subsidies in Canada: Updated Edition

          The Cost of Business Subsidies in Canada: Updated Edition

          Busi­ness sub­si­dies deliv­ered through gov­ern­ment spend­ing since 1961 came with…

          Power Plays - How to build a renewable energy future in Atlantic Canada

          Power Plays - How to build a renewable energy future in Atlantic Canada

          With three facil­i­ties in Nova Sco­tia, Miche­lin Cana­da is one of the province’s…

          Conservative criminal justice policy: new directions and alternatives

          Conservative criminal justice policy: new directions and alternatives

          Aim­ing to fill a void in the nation­al con­ver­sa­tion, this paper lays out the key…

          Taiwan’s Pivotal Role in Supply Chains in the Indo-Pacific: Protecting a Global Public Good

          Taiwan’s Pivotal Role in Supply Chains in the Indo-Pacific: Protecting a Global Public Good

          Sup­ply chains have become the key arter­ies of the glob­al econ­o­my. This is…

          B.C.’s day of ‘debt’ reckoning has arrived
          The Canada Pharmacare Act: What do we know, and what do we need to know?

          The Canada Pharmacare Act: What do we know, and what do we need to know?

          Ottawa is buzzing with antic­i­pa­tion of the intro­duc­tion of the Cana­da Phar­ma­care…

          Federal Reforms to Improve Housing Affordability

          Federal Reforms to Improve Housing Affordability

          Few pol­i­cy areas are gain­ing as much atten­tion in Cana­da as hous­ing. This is…

          Business Needs to Help Push Global Trade Referee Back into the Game

          Business Needs to Help Push Global Trade Referee Back into the Game

          The World Trade Orga­ni­za­tion is not top of mind for the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty. But it…

          Is Canada Trying to Break the Internet?

          The AI rev­o­lu­tion has led coun­tries around the world to grap­ple with what the future…

          The politics of culture wars in contemporary Canada

          The politics of culture wars in contemporary Canada

          “Cul­ture wars” refers to the con­tention between cul­tur­al social­ism –…

          National Pharmacare: Laying the Groundwork

          National Pharmacare: Laying the Groundwork

          Drug cov­er­age in Cana­da is a patch­work of provin­cial, ter­ri­to­r­i­al and…

          When Ottawa caps interest rates, high-risk borrowers don’t get loans

          When Ottawa caps interest rates, high-risk borrowers don’t get loans

          Ottawa has set its sights on rein­ing in preda­to­ry lend­ing rates. Last year it set out…

          Biden's halt on LNG exports presents new opportunity for Canada
          The global resurgence of economic nationalism: A looming threat for Canada

          The global resurgence of economic nationalism: A looming threat for Canada

          A new strain of eco­nom­ic nation­al­ism is reshap­ing poli­cies in the world’s two…

          Hard Things Are Hard: Lessons for Complex Procurement Projects

          Hard Things Are Hard: Lessons for Complex Procurement Projects

          Lost ground can always be regained, lost time nev­er – Franklin D. Roo­sevelt…