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Corporate Canada gets caught in the crosshairs

Politicians are eagerly targeting, vilifying, and scapegoating Canada’s largest firms as if they are pariahs. At a time when the investment climate remains incredibly challenging, it’s a dispiriting development in C-suites across the country.

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ERIC KAHLKE

As a life long Albertan, I support the sentiment that Federal politicians of the Liberal variety, have a visceral disdain for private enterprise that is not largely dependant on government largess and control. The oil and gas business is a noted example. So it is not surprising that BCE is targeted with the petulant comments of an insecure and immature Liberal PM, the “leader” of an immature party of adolescent followers. Yet, the greatest support for this cabal seems to come from the same group that is now the target of JT’s anger, the CEO’s of central Canada. Is this a classic case of “Stockholm syndrome”? I agree that the more that the current government is threatened with defeat, the greater the potential of this emotional lashing out in childish petulance. The sooner that we replace them with mature adults, the better for all, failing which, the longevity of the nation is compromised. So long as these people are in control, the whole is lesser than the constituent parts.Central Canadians will need to grow a backbone, and emulate Western leaders. We will know in nineteen months.

19th February 2024 at 8:57 am
Gary Oxenforth

I agree but don’t count on Central and Eastern Canadians to get a backbone.They seen to worship the End of the world,save our planet brainwashed greenies.

19th February 2024 at 10:29 am
PDH

I agree, however I’m not confident that Canadians will grow a “backbone, and emulate Western leaders”. There are too many who rely on Liberal largesse to do so.

19th February 2024 at 9:57 am
Lauraine

What Canadian wants to mire Canada in the US mentality??? Money first and foremost for the capitalists?

19th February 2024 at 4:33 pm
Harriet Worden

Well said,

19th February 2024 at 9:03 am
Kim Morton

Well, the dwama teacher does tend to produce more dwama. Normally, the liberals only try to harm business in the west. This move to harm businesses based in Ontario and Quebec is different. Could it be someone voted the wrong way? Or just the normal liberal desire to create a welfare state to buy votes from the gullible with their own money?

19th February 2024 at 11:05 am
RJKWells

Corporations, even those that have long been the beneficiaries of federal policies skewed in their favour and tax dollars bestowed upon them, are not the ones that should fear Prime Minister Trudeau’s latest moral sabre rattling.

It is the Canadian consumer who should be concerned about the ongoing government intrusion into the free market and the diminished choices they leave in their wake. This is the price we’re paying for all this Ottawa in our lives.

19th February 2024 at 3:22 pm
Dennis Laughton

Many pension plans, mine included, have investments in oil (production and transportation), food (production and marketing) transportation and other companies that this government chooses to vilify. As a retired person they continue to make my future uncertain.

19th February 2024 at 1:52 pm
Lauraine

What seems to be missing in all the child care discussions, is the fact that children can be children in a day care while their parents are getting the rest the need, this is so applicable to shift work. The societial benefits are so much bigger than numbers.

19th February 2024 at 4:37 pm
Walter Benstead

Great article by Eric Kaufman on how Canada is not “Woke “. And yet the question is why do 50% + believe a left leaning Woke media. And why does a PM Trudeau a Prime promoter of said view point get elected over and over?

19th February 2024 at 12:33 pm
Michael F

Because about 70% of Canadians are centrist, moderate to left leaning on the political spectrum. They don’t want or particularly like hard right social conservatives like the republicans in the US in their most recent interation. And the reformacons in Canada fail to understand that and keep plotting a course further right thinking it will somehow win them more votes.

19th February 2024 at 1:31 pm
Gord Edwards

The apparent problem with this government (and definitely too many Canadian voters) is failure to understand that government doesn’t generate wealth. It seems these days that, like vaccines, capitalism is a victim of its own success.

Government largely provides services. These are primarily wealth redistribution not wealth creation. What services, and to what level, is the eternal debate.

Government certainly has a role in putting guardrails on the economy; the bit in the mouth of the horse of capitalism. History is replete with examples of exploitation and abuse in the absence of sufficient legal protections. But it is counter productive for governments to try to manage the economy. It should put the rules in place and let the system work. Then monitor and adjust carefully, always mindful of unintended consequences. Unfortunately that isn’t as voter-friendly as an interventionist approach.

19th February 2024 at 8:12 pm
Michael F

Yet it’s okay for Dougie to vilify public sector unions right? Yes bad corporate behaviour needs to be called out. Famously when corporate behaviours are put into the DSM-V, the textbook to diagnose mental disorders, corporate behaviour was shown to sociopathic and pathological. And the biggest corporations in Canada have been coddled by successive federal governments for years. There has been for far too long a very cozy relationship between Bay Street and Parliament Hill.

19th February 2024 at 11:42 am