Curtis: Canada should “make it a national priority to ensure we have the capacity to export our energy products beyond the US, and specifically to Asia.” Agree?

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6 February, 2012
By: John Curtis
Adjunct Professor at Queen's University and Chair of Statistics Canada's Advisory Committee on International Trade Statistics

Yes, this is one of many priorities which together should involve massive investment by both government and the private sector in all aspects of infrastructure—roads, railways, pipelines, highways, education, and health…Canada has fallen behind its European, emerging economy, and even USA competitors in investment…our major cities, particularly Toronto, which forty years ago were the envy/model of New York City, Cleveland, Detroit, etc. now look forty years behind the times because of lack of infrastructure investment….current austerity must be balanced by public spending in infrastructure now to lay the basis for longer-term Canadian growth and prosperity.

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