As long as I can remember anything of social significance (since 8I think), corporate Canada has been demanding a little help from its friends with respect to productivity. The facts are the Canadian private sector has been a world class laggard in terms of producing productivity growth. Through the eighties and nineties it paid out minor fortunes to the CD Howe and Fraser Institute to pump out reams of varying degrees of plausible hypotheses for the lack of productivity growth. The usual suspects interrogated were in no particular order of importance: government deficits, strong unions, generous unemployment benefits, generous welfare benefits, the lack of free trade deals, over regulation and lastly (time wise) overly onerous corporate tax rates.
With each campaign eventually corporate canada got what it wanted. Unions were made prostrate, the eligibility rate and benefit levels of the unemployed and poor were slashed, one free trade deal after another was inked, the deficit was slayed, regulations were either denuded or unenforced and corporate tax cuts were lowered.
Yet after thirty years of eventually getting everything they wanted and economy that is the envy of the world the poor dears need more because as it would seem thirty years down the road productivity growth is worse not better than it was.
We live in a remarkable country, its people reward failure like no other people. If Egyptians were Canadians they would be sending flowers, not stones and cocktails, to Mubarak and his