Contributing Writer Kevin G. Lynch is vice-chair, BMO Financial Group and former Clerk of the Privy Council.

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A 2011 global snapshot of Canada

We are entering a new global normal. Things will not be as they were. What is emerging is a new multipolar world: economic power is being dramatically redistributed; political, military and technological power will follow. The …

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A global snapshot of Canada, 2010

Too often, when world attention turns to Canada, it is intermittent and with a narrow lens, rather than a broad focus. That is unfortunate, because in today's volatile and uncertain global environment, with all countries …

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Avoiding the financial crisis: Lessons from Canada

The world economy is now emerging from the shock of the first global financial crisis and synchronized world-wide recession since the 1930s. Given the perceived sophistication of financial markets, the regulatory and surveillance structures established …

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Canada's innovation deficit

After more than 10 years of balanced budgets and robust growth, Canadians are waking to a new decade faced with challenging fiscal deficits and competitiveness pressures constraining growth. Fortunately, public opinion in Canada recognizes the …

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Diversifying to Asia: Canada's energy opportunity

Discussions about the Canada-Asia energy relationship are often divisive and polarized. We lack a strategic framework for Canada's energy relationship with Asia, one that attempts to bring together often conflicting facts and certainly diverse views. …

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Fiscal austerity and economic renewal

Budget-making is never simple, but in the immediate postbudget punditry its complexity is often lost. Good fiscal planning deals with the today and the beyond; it attempts to balance shorter-term fiscal stability with longer-term fiscal sustainability, …

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India: An emerging economic power

The development of a country's foreign policy begins with a clear definition of one's national interests; this is then overlaid with a deep understanding of the global environment and domestic context the country faces; then …

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Is Canada ready to really compete?

The world economy is now, thankfully, in recovery after the Great Recession. But what sort of global recovery will it be? Where are the shoals and safe harbours? As Churchill noted, “It is always wise …

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Le Canada dans le monde en 2011

Une « nouvelle normalité » mondiale est en marche. Rien ne sera plus comme avant. Nous assistons à la naissance d'un nouveau monde multipolaire issu d'une répartition radicalement différente du pouvoir économique, qui touchera bientôt le …

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The global drivers of change

Canadians do business, earn their livelihood and buy their goods and services, whether they always recognize it or not, in a truly global marketplace. That global marketplace is now experiencing the first synchronized worldwide recession …

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US energy security: A Canadian perspective

The words “energy” and “security” resonate a strongly with the average American. Inexhaustible and inexpensive energy have long been core to popular American beliefs about what drives economic growth and standards of living. But the notion …

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