Barrie McKENNA, The Globe and Mail

Barrie McKENNA

The Globe and Mail

Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Barrie:

Opinion: Canada should be manufacturing its own cell and gene therapies, not just vaccines

Canadians can enjoy vast economic benefits if we build a homegrown industry to mass produce and commercialize cell and gene therapies → Read More

Opinion: The U.S.-China trade deal is bad for Canada – and we can’t do a thing about it

Phase 1 comes at the expense of other exporting countries and snubs a foundational principle of the WTO → Read More

Opinion: Tories, Liberals trip over each other in hunt for Quebec votes

It takes chutzpah to accuse your political opponent of 'cynical electioneering’ while blatantly trying to buy votes yourself → Read More

Ottawa announces new measures to prevent steel dumping

The U.S. government has repeatedly expressed concern that other nations could use Canada as a way of gaining access to the U.S. market and avoid U.S. tariffs → Read More

Opinion: Bank of Canada holds rates but says recent economic slump easing

The central bank kept its key rate at 1.75 per cent and offered no indication that it is set to resume hiking anytime soon → Read More

The U.S., China and the proxy war for tech supremacy

The trade war between the world’s two largest economies is only a proxy fight for digital supremacy → Read More

Household debt, housing worries easing but other concerns persist, Bank of Canada says

The central bank says Canadians are borrowing less and the Toronto, Vancouver housing markets have cooled but the risk to the financial system has ‘slightly’ increased → Read More

Breaking up is hard to do when you’re Big Tech

Governments are trying to rein in Google, Facebook and the other behemoths that now dominate so much of our online lives → Read More

Why Canada is no longer a good place from which to launch big global business ventures

The boundless promise of globalization that prevailed in the 1990s is no more and the global stage is not where most Canadian companies perform these days. → Read More

Canada’s trade advantage with Japan could be short-lived

U.S. President Donald Trump is now threatening Japan with steep tariffs on its cars unless American farmers get a similar or better deal to what Canada and other countries got → Read More

Federal budget 2019: Ottawa to lift cap on small business income tax credit

Under the current rules, the government claws back the value of the credits when companies earn more than $500,000 per year and phases it out completely when they earn more than $800,000 → Read More

Why scrapping the mortgage stress test is a bad idea

The mortgage stress test was designed to ensure borrowers and lenders would be okay in a world of higher interest rates, but has become a scapegoat for everything bad happening in the housing market → Read More

Demanding compensation won’t help Telus beat a Huawei ban

The government should make it clear to Telus and the other telecom players that it won’t indemnify carriers for their past and future technology choices → Read More

Bank of Canada slashes outlook as oil, trade and housing concerns weigh

Central bank keeps key rate steady at 1.75 per cent; sees move to more neutral level ‘over time’ → Read More

Stephen Poloz’s long and winding road home

For Mr. Poloz, “home” is that cozy place where the economy is running at full capacity and inflation is at the bank’s 2-per-cent target → Read More

Regulators leave Fortress investors exposed to mortgage industry Wild West

Fortress would go on to sell nearly $1-billion worth of risky syndicated commercial real estate mortgages to thousands of often unsophisticated small investors between 2008 and 2017 → Read More

Failed B.C. money-laundering case shows ‘snow-washing’ is thriving in Canada

Canada enjoys an international reputation as a nice, peaceful country where it’s far too easy to hide and launder ill-gotten wealth → Read More

Trudeau, Trump discuss support plan for GM workers

Both leaders expressed their deep disappointment with the auto giant’s decision to close five factories and cut up to 14,800 jobs in the United States and Canada, the Prime Minister’s Office said → Read More

On the GM bailout, we got what we paid for

The money bought time. But it did not come with promises to keep jobs or specific plants in Canada forever → Read More

Ottawa vs. Calgary: An epic clash of economic narratives on Grey Cup weekend

The longer oil prices remain depressed, the greater the risk that these duelling economic storylines will eventually collide, spreading the damage to the rest of the country → Read More