Canada: What It Is, What It Can Be
Published: December 2012© 2012
Imprint: Rotman-UTP Publishing
Page Count: 232 Pages
Illustrations: 35 figures
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
232 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 35 figures
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Canadians have achieved an enviable balance of economic prosperity and civic harmony, but as emerging countries like China, India, and Brazil take their place alongside developed economies, we cannot be complacent. Our high paying jobs, world-class learning and research institutes, excellent health care, and social safety nets exist only to the extent that we are innovative and competitive globally.
Canada: What It Is, What It Can Be provides an incisive examination of this country's increasing prosperity gap – the difference in value between what we do create and what we could create if we performed at our full potential. As Roger Martin and James Milway demonstrate, although we are proud of our trading prowess, we do not participate as aggressively in world markets with innovative products and services as we could. While we want to take risks to achieve success, our business strategies and economic policies need to set the bar higher to achieve the success we want for Canada.
Written in an accessible style that helps general readers understand complex economic concepts, Canada: What It Is, What It Can Be exposes the myths currently guiding our public policy, and provides ground-breaking new approaches for realizing our full prosperity potential.
Chapter 1 What are competitiveness and prosperity?
Chapter 2 How much are we working for prosperity?
Chapter 3 How much value are we creating when we are working?
Chapter 4 How does where we live and work matter?
Chapter 5 How do we compete?
Chapter 6 How do we invest?
Chapter 7 Tax smarter for prosperity.
Chapter 8 Gear public policy toward innovation.
Chapter 9 Bulk up, not hollow out.
Chapter 10 Strengthen our management talent.
Chapter 11 Become a true trading nation.
Chapter 12 Make greater inroads
‘Canada: What It Is, What It Can Be provides important, highly topical information on competitiveness and prosperity from which intelligent debate can now stem. By presenting complex concepts in a clear, highly informative manner, and by providing concrete illustrations of how policy decisions and circumstances affect the lives of ordinary Canadians, Roger Martin and James Milway have made this book very accessible for business and general audiences.’ Suzanne Fortier, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council