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David Crane

David Crane is an award-winning journalist with special interests in the economics of globalization, innovation, sustainable development and social equity.

Transitioning to a low-carbon world is one of the great game-changing challenges of our generation, but Liberals have failed to sell it

Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 4, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, pictured recently in a Hill scrum. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 4, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 4, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, pictured recently in a Hill scrum. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 27, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in the lock-up before tabling the government’s fall economic statement in the House on pictured Nov. 21, 2023. Productivity really matters, yet Freeland gave it little attention in her update, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 27, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 27, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in the lock-up before tabling the government’s fall economic statement in the House on pictured Nov. 21, 2023. Productivity really matters, yet Freeland gave it little attention in her update, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 20, 2023
The failure of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to meet the future needs of Canadians—notably those in the middle class and others who haven’t yet reached it—raises the risk of social breakdown, writes David Crane.
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 20, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 20, 2023
The failure of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to meet the future needs of Canadians—notably those in the middle class and others who haven’t yet reached it—raises the risk of social breakdown, writes David Crane.
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 13, 2023
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured recently at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, will deliver the fall economic update in the House on Nov. 21. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 13, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 13, 2023
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured recently at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, will deliver the fall economic update in the House on Nov. 21. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 6, 2023
Our pension funds, mutual funds, insurance companies, and other managers of Canadian savings send billions of dollars every year to the United States, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe to invest in their growth companies while young Canadian firms find themselves starved of funds, writes David Crane. Image courtesy of Pixabay
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 6, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 6, 2023
Our pension funds, mutual funds, insurance companies, and other managers of Canadian savings send billions of dollars every year to the United States, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe to invest in their growth companies while young Canadian firms find themselves starved of funds, writes David Crane. Image courtesy of Pixabay
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 30, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's upcoming fiscal outlook is a critical part of the budget process because, if done properly, it sets out the framework for policy choices in next year’s budget, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 30, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 30, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's upcoming fiscal outlook is a critical part of the budget process because, if done properly, it sets out the framework for policy choices in next year’s budget, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 19, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured recently on the Hill. The reality is that the Western-dominated system of global governance created after the Second World War, and the long period of economic progress it generated, no longer works, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 19, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 19, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured recently on the Hill. The reality is that the Western-dominated system of global governance created after the Second World War, and the long period of economic progress it generated, no longer works, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 16, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seen recently on the Hill. Canada is 'among the loudest voices for fragmentation, friend-shoring and all the other simplistic impulses that have us on course for a much more dangerous and difficult world,' writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 16, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 16, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seen recently on the Hill. Canada is 'among the loudest voices for fragmentation, friend-shoring and all the other simplistic impulses that have us on course for a much more dangerous and difficult world,' writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 9, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the Hill on Sept. 27, 2023. The Liberal government has been committing billions upon billions of dollars of public funding and incentives which it says will lead to a badly needed high-innovation economy based on the industries of the future, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 9, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 9, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the Hill on Sept. 27, 2023. The Liberal government has been committing billions upon billions of dollars of public funding and incentives which it says will lead to a badly needed high-innovation economy based on the industries of the future, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 2, 2023
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, pictured on the Hill on Sept. 19, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 2, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 2, 2023
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, pictured on the Hill on Sept. 19, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 25, 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The United States, cheered on by Canada, is working to divide the world into competing blocs, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 25, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 25, 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The United States, cheered on by Canada, is working to divide the world into competing blocs, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 18, 2023
It will be a test of our corporate community to see whether it is led by opportunistic profit maximizers, or by more visionary investors and executives who can work with the transition to a healthier and more viable future. Without such support, we are unlikely to achieve net-zero emissions, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 18, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 18, 2023
It will be a test of our corporate community to see whether it is led by opportunistic profit maximizers, or by more visionary investors and executives who can work with the transition to a healthier and more viable future. Without such support, we are unlikely to achieve net-zero emissions, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 7, 2023
The Canadian business sector output gap with the U.S. has been falling steadily since the mid-1980s: from 92 per cent of the U.S. level then to just more than 75 per cent now. Our productivity level is one of the lowest among advanced economies, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 7, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 7, 2023
The Canadian business sector output gap with the U.S. has been falling steadily since the mid-1980s: from 92 per cent of the U.S. level then to just more than 75 per cent now. Our productivity level is one of the lowest among advanced economies, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 4, 2023
The embrace of so-called 'friendshoring', of which Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is a fan, is a new form of protectionism, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 4, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 4, 2023
The embrace of so-called 'friendshoring', of which Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is a fan, is a new form of protectionism, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 28, 2023
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly addresses the Global Heads of Mission Meeting in Ottawa in June. The time has come for Canada to return to its traditional role as a champion of multilateralism, effective global institutions, and global governance, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 28, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 28, 2023
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly addresses the Global Heads of Mission Meeting in Ottawa in June. The time has come for Canada to return to its traditional role as a champion of multilateralism, effective global institutions, and global governance, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 21, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a 2020 announcement on the retooling of the Oakville, Ont. Ford assembly plant. The pursuit of electric vehicle assembly plants, battery plants and critical minerals is a prime example of the federal government’s branch plant mentality, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 21, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 21, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a 2020 announcement on the retooling of the Oakville, Ont. Ford assembly plant. The pursuit of electric vehicle assembly plants, battery plants and critical minerals is a prime example of the federal government’s branch plant mentality, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 14, 2023
People crossing Metcalfe and Sparks streets in Ottawa on Aug. 9, 2023. A new paper by Peter Nicholson, one of Canada’s leading thinkers on innovation and productivity, outlines why we have such a poor record on business innovation, despite the skills and new knowledge breakthroughs by individual Canadians, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 14, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 14, 2023
People crossing Metcalfe and Sparks streets in Ottawa on Aug. 9, 2023. A new paper by Peter Nicholson, one of Canada’s leading thinkers on innovation and productivity, outlines why we have such a poor record on business innovation, despite the skills and new knowledge breakthroughs by individual Canadians, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 7, 2023
Treasury Board President Anita Anand, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, at Rideau Hall on July 26, 2023. Freeland and the Trudeau government are under harsh attacks for not following American orders—in this case, our unilateral decision to proceed with a digital services tax next year, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 7, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 7, 2023
Treasury Board President Anita Anand, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, at Rideau Hall on July 26, 2023. Freeland and the Trudeau government are under harsh attacks for not following American orders—in this case, our unilateral decision to proceed with a digital services tax next year, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 31, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne tests out an F-35 fighter jet simulator at the CANSEC trade show in Ottawa on June 1, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 31, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 31, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne tests out an F-35 fighter jet simulator at the CANSEC trade show in Ottawa on June 1, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 24, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, pictured on the Hill. All Canadians have an interest in the setting of the national policy agenda, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 24, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 24, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, pictured on the Hill. All Canadians have an interest in the setting of the national policy agenda, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 17, 2023
Canada's Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, pictured June 15, 2023, on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 17, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 17, 2023
Canada's Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, pictured June 15, 2023, on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 10, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, who is within range to become our next prime minister should Canadians decide they're done Justin Trudeau, has so far had little to say on climate change, mainly engaging in angry attacks on the Liberal government. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 10, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 10, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, who is within range to become our next prime minister should Canadians decide they're done Justin Trudeau, has so far had little to say on climate change, mainly engaging in angry attacks on the Liberal government. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 3, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured June 1, 2023, speaking at the CANSEC trade show in Ottawa. Can the government focus on building a Canadian-owned and headquartered corporate community that has the scale, talent, and intellectual property to make us a serious player, asks David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 3, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 3, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured June 1, 2023, speaking at the CANSEC trade show in Ottawa. Can the government focus on building a Canadian-owned and headquartered corporate community that has the scale, talent, and intellectual property to make us a serious player, asks David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 26, 2023
As economic commentator Martin Wolf, writes in his book, The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, there is an urgent need to restore a sense of citizenship: 'This is the tie that binds people together in a free and democratic society,' writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 26, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 26, 2023
As economic commentator Martin Wolf, writes in his book, The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, there is an urgent need to restore a sense of citizenship: 'This is the tie that binds people together in a free and democratic society,' writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 19, 2023
Even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has committed much more public funding for business investment to generate more investment, Canada may 'still lag global peers, fall behind in global competitiveness, and experience a slow erosion of living standards,' Bennett Jones' recent economic outlook warns. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 19, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 19, 2023
Even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has committed much more public funding for business investment to generate more investment, Canada may 'still lag global peers, fall behind in global competitiveness, and experience a slow erosion of living standards,' Bennett Jones' recent economic outlook warns. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 12, 2023
Many things work well in our country, thought many setbacks and failures can also be found. It’s not that Canada is broken, but it’s that we can and must do better. The most important place to start is with our economic performance, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 12, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 12, 2023
Many things work well in our country, thought many setbacks and failures can also be found. It’s not that Canada is broken, but it’s that we can and must do better. The most important place to start is with our economic performance, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 5, 2023
A turbo train in original CN livery, before VIA Rail took over the passenger service, seen in Calgary in 1975. Four of our country’s major Canadian-owned and Canadian headquartered corporations today—Potash Corp., Cameco, Air Canada, and CN Rail—all originated as Crown corporations, writes David Crane. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 5, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 5, 2023
A turbo train in original CN livery, before VIA Rail took over the passenger service, seen in Calgary in 1975. Four of our country’s major Canadian-owned and Canadian headquartered corporations today—Potash Corp., Cameco, Air Canada, and CN Rail—all originated as Crown corporations, writes David Crane. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 29, 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The recent G7 summit was based on the false assumption that the West, led by the U.S., can set the rules for the rest of the world, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 29, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 29, 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The recent G7 summit was based on the false assumption that the West, led by the U.S., can set the rules for the rest of the world, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 22, 2023
Jean Yoon, left, of 'Kim's Convenience' and Kevin Hanchard of 'Orphan Black' at a Canada Media Fund event in 2017. Canadian content rules and fiscal incentives have worked, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 22, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 22, 2023
Jean Yoon, left, of 'Kim's Convenience' and Kevin Hanchard of 'Orphan Black' at a Canada Media Fund event in 2017. Canadian content rules and fiscal incentives have worked, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 11, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured in a Hill scrum, introduced Bill C-34 which proposes to revise the Investment Canada Act. The House Industry Committee's study of the bill offers MPs the chance to propose broader changes to address Canada's economic security, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 11, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 11, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured in a Hill scrum, introduced Bill C-34 which proposes to revise the Investment Canada Act. The House Industry Committee's study of the bill offers MPs the chance to propose broader changes to address Canada's economic security, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 8, 2023
The committee will meet to discuss amendments to the Industry Canada Act proposed by Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne aimed primarily at curtailing China's investment in Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 8, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 8, 2023
The committee will meet to discuss amendments to the Industry Canada Act proposed by Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne aimed primarily at curtailing China's investment in Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 1, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a Hill scrum on April 25, 2023. The federal government is pursuing a role for Canada in electric vehicles, batteries and critical minerals, and is spending billions of dollars on foreign corporations in pursuit of investment. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 1, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 1, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a Hill scrum on April 25, 2023. The federal government is pursuing a role for Canada in electric vehicles, batteries and critical minerals, and is spending billions of dollars on foreign corporations in pursuit of investment. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 24, 2023
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson described critical minerals as presenting a 'generational opportunity for Canada.' But Canadian ownership will be necessary if we want to retain some of the profitable wealth from our own natural resources, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade.
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 24, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 24, 2023
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson described critical minerals as presenting a 'generational opportunity for Canada.' But Canadian ownership will be necessary if we want to retain some of the profitable wealth from our own natural resources, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade.
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 13, 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 24, 2023. The U.S.-led geo-economic war against China poses huge risks to the future world economy and its ability to prevent or to deal with future crises. Sadly, Canada is part of this zero-sum U.S. crusade to fragment the global system, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 13, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 13, 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 24, 2023. The U.S.-led geo-economic war against China poses huge risks to the future world economy and its ability to prevent or to deal with future crises. Sadly, Canada is part of this zero-sum U.S. crusade to fragment the global system, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 10, 2023
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, pictured, has set a diplomatic tone which seems openly hostile to a re-engagement with China and intended mainly to please the U.S., writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 10, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 10, 2023
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, pictured, has set a diplomatic tone which seems openly hostile to a re-engagement with China and intended mainly to please the U.S., writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 3, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured March 28, 2023, doing a press conference inside the budget lockup for the media. Not surprisingly, this year's federal budget fails to show how its massive new supports for corporations will improve Canada’s overall economic growth prospects, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 3, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | April 3, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured March 28, 2023, doing a press conference inside the budget lockup for the media. Not surprisingly, this year's federal budget fails to show how its massive new supports for corporations will improve Canada’s overall economic growth prospects, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 27, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, pictured on the Hill. Now comes a truly serious warning from the world’s top climate scientists that we are at a critical point where it may be impossible to avert catastrophic climate change, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 27, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | March 27, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, pictured on the Hill. Now comes a truly serious warning from the world’s top climate scientists that we are at a critical point where it may be impossible to avert catastrophic climate change, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade