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Northern Edge: How Canadians Can Triumph in the Global Economy

Canada’s most powerful business leaders speak out on the country’s prospects in the global marketplace.

Thomas d’Aquino, described by Peter C. Newman as “the most powerful influence on public policy in Canadian history” and by Jack Granatstein as one of the 100 most influential Canadians of the century, takes an unusual step in writing this important and timely book.

The man whom many credit with the introduction of free trade to Canada believes the nation has much to do to build on the prosperity brought about by open markets. Even as Canadian companies succeed in the global market, says D’Aquino, there are disquieting signs: We are losing too many of our best and brightest to opportunities elsewhere, firms are being pressured to move their head offices abroad, and the pace of research and innovation has begun to lag, with too few Canadian ideas evolving into growing businesses.

Until now, D’Aquino has done most of his talking to legislators and policymakers, but these worrisome developments have led him to take his message and agenda for change into a public forum. Without bold action, he warns, Canada faces a slide into economic mediocrity, one that will undermine the caring society that Canadians hold dear.

Based on the Business Council on National Issues’ year-long Canada Global Leadership Initiative, Northern Edge includes frank, on-the-record comments by the chief executives of more than 50 of Canada’s leading global enterprises and tackles such controversial topics as personal and corporate taxation, competition policy, the brain drain, education reform, the Internet and e-commerce, and environmental policy. D’Aquino will take his book’s message of renewal to cities and communities across Canada. He and co-author David Stewart-Patterson, both unabashed champions of free markets and free trade, are convinced that Canadians have what it takes to succeed in the global knowledge-based economy of the 21st century.

Written by Thomas Paul D'Aquino and David Stewart-Patterson. Published by Stoddart Publishing Co. Limited, 2001.
Catalogue No. 0-7737-3267-5
Price $37.95
Format Hardcover
Pages 363
Language English only
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Last modified: April 4, 2001

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