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Joe Oliver: If the federal Liberals were trying not to aggravate Trump before NAFTA talks, Chrystia Freeland just ...

As in the art of the deal Trump initially put NAFTA in doubt, although he must know that to scupper the agreement would work against...

Joe Oliver: How the Ontario PCs can finally join the growing opposition to Kathleen Wynne's carbon taxes

A national carbon tax and its troubled cousin, cap and trade, are destined to become major political losers for governments that impose them, especially as...

Joe Oliver: Regulations are sinking small and medium-sized enterprise growth

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are burdened by costly and intrusive regulation. That is a national problem because SMEs are significant drivers of economic growth...

Joe Oliver: Kathleen Wynne's cap-and-trade scheme is just a cash ...

Joe Oliver: Cap and trade for carbon emissions will cost consumers billions, undermine the competitiveness of job-creating businesses and do virtually nothing ...and more »...

Joe Oliver: The last thing homebuyers need is new taxes in the name of a hyped-up 'housing crisis'

Frenzied residential real estate prices are a hot topic in Canada's two hottest markets. Rising demand caused by immigration, domestic migration and natural population increases...

Joe Oliver: How EU bureaucrats tried hurting Canada, and why the Brexiteers have a point

We are not near that point. But misinterpreting the overarching lesson of Brexit and refusing to consider fundamental reform would make the unthinkable possible. Joe...

Mark Carney faces toughest task yet as fears grow world is entering darkest phase since financial crisis

When Carney announced his departure in 2012, he did so with the man who hired him, the late Jim Flaherty. The finance minister was asked...

Joe Oliver: How to avoid the coming Canadian future of higher taxes, slower growth and unaffordable programs

... social programs, higher taxes and a heavier debt burden. A refusal to acknowledge the inevitable, an unwillingness to tackle the controversial and a fixation...

Canadian REITs adopt new investor protections to close the gap with stocks

In 2006, then federal finance minster Jim Flaherty moved to stem the conversion of corporations into income trusts by changing the tax treatment, but REITs...

Terence Corcoran: Maxime Bernier joins the battle to end the CRTC's uselessness

Eduardo Lima/The Canadian PressConservative MP Maxime Bernier speaks at the 2016 Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Conservative party leader candidate Maxime...

Joe Oliver: Ontario's electricity fiasco is going to get much, much worse

What explains the Ontario Liberal government's $7 billion Climate Change Action Plan, which will infringe on people's freedom, impose debilitating costs, set impossible targets and...

OECD warns of 'rapidly rising housing prices' in Canada as Scotia takes 'foot off the gas' on mortgage growth in ...

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty reduced the amortization length of government-insured mortgages to 25 years from 30 years, in 2012. More recently, Finance Minister Bill...

Maxime Bernier: I'm coming out against supply management — and I want all Conservatives to join me

The following is a statement by Maxime Bernier, candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, and MP for Beauce. Since I announced...

Joe Oliver: The Liberals spent $9B in a single month, just so they could say there was a deficit

Joe Oliver, Special to | May 27, 2016 10:05 PM ET More from Special to . That post-spending spree glow: Finance Minister Bill Morneau...

Panama Papers spur global tax tightening as second leak names more people, companies

That appeared to be the case for Stephen Harper's Conservative government when finance minister Jim Flaherty launched a so-called “snitch” program in 2013 that paid...

Murray Dobbin: Here's hoping the Liberals really will rethink free trade, low corporate taxes

... it also radically reduced its own spending capacity through draconian tax cuts for high-income earners and corporations (former finance minister Paul Martin cut $100...

Joe Oliver: Liberals keep driving recklessly in reverse trying to damage their Conservative foes

Graham Hughes/The Canadian PressThe Liberals are overturning almost every Conservative initiative, irrespective of Canada's economic interests, international responsibilities or plain common sense.

Joe Oliver: How the budget's bank 'bail-in' changes could cost Canadian depositors

Unnecessary doubt about who can be bailed-in is another instance of that. Bank customers have a right to know for certain that the government does...

Joe Oliver: Supply management is milking the poor — and no party will stop it

... the market and expanded trade opportunities for the country. With all those advantages it should be possible to persuade Canadians to support what is...

Joe Oliver: Now we have proof the economy is no excuse for deficit spending

... the interest payments to make and an additional $113 billion in debt for our children to pay off. Just remember that whatever excuse is...

Joe Oliver: Trudeau's undo-everything approach is no way to serve Canadians

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian PressPrime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan and Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau, announces Canada's new...

Joe Oliver: While Canada's PM posed for selfies, John Kerry slapped us in the face

Jim Carr has been waiting in Ottawa for the unrequited love-in to end and the partygoers to return. Now the real work should start. I...

Joe Oliver: How Justin Trudeau can avoid a historic energy blunder

... to | March 8, 2016 10:10 AM ET More from Special to . Joe Oliver: The prime minister has the chance for a...

Joe Oliver: The ORPP — Ontario's new Lada

Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia NetworkJoe Oliver: The ORPP recently conked out on the yellow brick road to socialist nirvana. So Premier Kathleen Wynne towed it into...

Joe Oliver: Why Bill Morneau should borrow running shoes, not money, for the federal budget

... although the reality is his government is on a tear to spend us into more debt. Every finance minister has an unenviable obligation as...

Joe Oliver: Why equalization no longer works

FotoliaJoe Oliver: The total amount the federal government transfers to the provinces, almost $18 billion, is based on a three-year moving average of nominal GDP...

Joe Oliver: Canada's foolish pipeline flubs

Sammy Davis Jr. sang “What kind of fool am I?” as a man who had missed out in life by never falling in love. Call...

Joe Oliver: Canadians should beware the consequences of climate change … policies

. Joe Oliver, Special to | February 3, 2016 | Last Updated: Feb 4 8:56 AM ET More from Special to . The Liberal...

Joe Oliver: Canadians should beware the consequences of climate change … policies

. Joe Oliver, Special to | February 3, 2016 | Last Updated: Feb 4 8:56 AM ET More from Special to . The Liberal...

Joe Oliver: Canada's foolish pipeline flubs

Sammy Davis Jr. sang “What kind of fool am I?” as a man who had missed out in life by never falling in love. Call...

Joe Oliver: Ontario's fiscal train wreck

... which in turn exacerbates the debt problem. And so it goes in a vicious cycle that leads to credit downgrades, loss of investor confidence,...

William Watson: The Yellow Pages rule

Speaking of borrowing, Novak himself probably got the Yellow Pages Rule from the late, lamented Jim Flaherty, of whom it apparently was a favourite. An...

Joe Oliver: Bring the national securities regulator across the finish line

... economy without a single national securities regulator, writes former finance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent ElkaimCanada is the only developed economy without a single national...

CD Howe touts tougher mortgage rules as households vulnerable to debt rises to 11%

Canada has long faced international warnings about the need to head off a housing crash like those seen in the U.S., the U.K. and Spain,...

Birks botches brooch boost: Brands exploit the Trudeaus' glamour at their own ...

The late former finance minister Jim Flaherty was more tactful, reportedly asking the clothing store to make a donation to charity in exchange for using...

Former industry minister James Moore joins Dentons, and other legal moves and ...

Moore said he was drawn to Dentons because of its “polycentric” approach. “As a local Vancouver law firm with an impressive national and global reach,...

Here's who the Liberals might choose to fill the top economic cabinet posts

Gone are Conservative ministers Joe Oliver, James Moore, Ed Fast, Greg Rickford and Tony Clement — for the record, Moore chose not to run for...

Why Canadian dairy farmers are worried about the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...

... from across Quebec showed up for a rally in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, a riding with a high concentration of the province's dairy farmers and the headquarters...

Joe Oliver clings to campaign mantra of $1.4-billion surplus as economy sputters

Tyler Anderson/National PostFinance Minister Joe Oliver reiterated a forecast from April's budget that Canada will post a $1.4-billion surplus in the current fiscal year, which...

Joe Oliver says Canada 'on course' despite China, Greece concerns

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Joe Oliver warned Wednesday the global economy “is fragile” and Canada needs to “stay the course” of lowering taxes. “Economic and...

Joe Oliver has some explaining to do after energy crunch takes bigger bite of ...

Peter J. Thompson/National PostFinance Minister Joe Oliver will have his work cut out for him Tuesday as he tries to explain what exactly went wrong...

Jack M. Mintz: Multinational corporate tax confusion

In a panel held over a year ago in Melbourne, I heard Jim Flaherty and Joe Hockey, respectively Canada's and Australia's Finance Ministers, argue that...

Ottawa to consider voluntary Canada Pension Plan expansion, Joe Oliver says

Finance Minister Joe Oliver telling the House of Commons that his government will study whether to allow Canadians a voluntary option to contribute more to...

Ottawa has no plans to privatize CMHC, Joe Oliver says

Finance Minister Joe Oliver says Canada's hot housing market — especially in Toronto and Vancouver — continues to be closely monitored by the federal government,...

Joe Oliver says inflation target review with Bank of Canada 'looks forward'

AP Photo/Richard DrewCanada's Finance Minister Joe Oliver talks to the media after he addressed the Canada-US Securities Summit, at the Securities Industry and Financial Association...

A walk that put credit card fees in Joe Oliver's sights

In 2013, I took a walk with then Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver in his Toronto riding. It was Small Business Saturday and we...

Peter Foster: Read Joe Oliver's New Balance shoes

Finance Minister Joe Oliver's key budget message on Tuesday was “Read my New Balance running shoes: no new deficits.” Unlike the first President Bush, whose...

Joe Oliver defends Ottawa's sale of General Motors shares

OTTAWA — Canada's finance minister on Thursday played down the impact on the federal budget of the government's sale of its remaining shares in General...

Why Finance Minister Joe Oliver isn't intervening in Canada's housing market

OTTAWA — In March of 2013, then Finance Minister Jim Flaherty did something few politicians would dare: scolding Canada's banks for racing “to the bottom”...

CN Rail needs to testify on oil-by-rail accidents, Transport Minister Lisa ...

CBC.caTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickRaitt, testifying before the committee herself about her department's spending plans, called on the committee to summon CN Rail to discuss the...