August 31, 2009
This piece appears in the August 27th issue of MacLean’s magazine:
Canada’s economy is a small fraction of the size of America’s and we’re less productive, but prudent fiscal management has put us in a relatively good position going forward. Mulroney’s much maligned GST and Paul Martin’s careful management of federal government finances contributed to our strength today. It’s going to be up to Harper to ensure this isn’t squandered.
August 23, 2009
These matters are very topical for our political and free enterprise leaders. President Obama, Prime Minister Harper, Prime Minister Brown and other leaders are facing tremendous economic challenges.
While one may think these are matters isolated to 2009 and beyond, you may be interested in taking a few minutes to watch this excerpt from the 1980 Republican leadership debate between George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.
As we now all know, Reagan went on to defeat Bush and then Carter to become president. President Reagan embarked on a terrific agenda of tax cutting and free enterprise policies. They worked.
One can only hope that President Obama, presiding over one of the largest increases of government in history, reviews his history lessons and takes a second look at the direction he has selected.