Michael Hlinka, Business Commentator on CBC's Metro Morning, offers a diagnosis of Canada's economic woes and lays out a roadmap back to growth in conversation with Toronto Star's Ellen Roseman.
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Length: 75 minutes
Place: Toronto Reference Library, Atrium, 1st Floor
If unable to attend, check out Stalled: Jump-Starting the Canadian Economy at the Toronto Public Library.
Michael Hlinka explains what drove Canada's five-decade expansion and what has put us "in the rut we're currently in".
After the Second World War, Canada enjoyed a period of economic growth for fifty years. The economy quadrupled in size and the living standard for most Canadians steadily improved.
During the past fifteen years, the Canadian economy has seen persistent stagnation that threatens the results of fifty years of previous growth. Businesses keep closing and Canadians find it harder to get and keep a good job. Canadians have relied increasingly on consumer debt to help mask the underlying problems but "for many even that temporary form of relief is no longer an option."
In his book, Michael Hlinka indicates that "there are solutions for Canada as a country and for individual Canadians, and that we can get out of the rut we're in if we start doing the things that once made us great."