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June 2017 A much-heralded element of the federal government’s commitment to an expansion of infrastructure spending in Canada has been the announced intention to create a Canadian Infrastructure Bank (“CIB”).  It is through the CIB that the government intends to channel an initial $15 billion of public capital that is to be partnered with private capital invested by many of the world’s largest institutional investors, some of whom happen to be none other than Canadian pension funds.  These Canadian pension funds, it seems, are active investors in infrastructure globally, but have few if any comparable investments in Canada. The response […]

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May 2017 We live in a time of great cynicism.  Altruism was long ago abandoned as the default assumption for the motivation behind any public or private act.  Personal gain and self-preservation reign as the presumed guiding principles for all.  The holder of the most powerful office in the world offers only the most half-hearted of policy justifications for the dismissal of a public servant leading an investigation that strikes at the very heart of the legitimacy of the office holder.  Conspiracy theorists have never been so blessed with more abundant fodder for cynicism and dismay. It is in the […]

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April 2017 After the legislative and popular failure of his forays into immigration and healthcare policy, the even more complex world of geopolitics has emerged as the favoured policy ground for Donald Trump.  Surprisingly, the un-nuanced and instinctive approach that he brings to every issue has provided him with some initial wins, both in terms of popular approval and arguable strategic merit.  The Middle East in general and Syria in particular is not a space in which any global power can hope to make lasting change by imposing a solution to any of the problematic schisms in the region.  Indeed, […]

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