Investment in machinery, equipment, factories, intellectual property and other assets declined by 17.3 per cent.
Capital investment is a major source of labour productivity growth, particularly in Canada.
Labour market performance has been extremely weak since the last recession.
The Fraser Institute motto is a constant reminder of the importance of measuring the effect of government policy interventions on people’s lives.
Alberta’s unemployment rate climbed to 8.6 per cent in July—the highest rate since 1994.
With Canada’s current unemployment rate of 7.1 per cent, there’s more slack in the Canadian labour market than in the U.S.
Study found that increasing the minimum wage reduced the employment rate among low-skilled workers by 5.6 percentage points.
There are times when a problem can be solved with a small fix and perhaps a little tinkering. And there are times when a big fix or fundamental reform is needed. Quebec’s government finances fall into the latter category.