Legislative Innovations and Social Enterprise

Structural Lessons for Canada

Of the many lessons to be drawn from the tumultuous economic events of 2008, two are particularly striking. The first is the obvious lesson that Canada, like most other nations, has undergone, and continues to experience, dramatic and fundamental structural economic change. The potential collapse of the automotive manufacturing industry is the most graphic example of the sort of change that has negatively impacted industries and communities across the country. Old industries are gone or failing, and communities are suffering. The second lesson is equally obvious - infrastructure is essential. There has been much discussion of how governments should invest in repairing and modernizing physical infrastructure, like our crumbing roads and bridges, bursting water mains, and failing sewer systems as a way to create jobs, bolster the economy, and ensure that the basic physical requirements of commerce and community are renewed.

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