LONDON, Ontario — On a hot day in early September, Maxime Bernier stood in line at a Booster Juice waiting for a smoothie. Bernier, who is 56 years old, looks tall in person. He has graying brown hair that flops to the right across his forehead, in an aging prep-school kind of way. In the student union building, at Ontario’s Western University, he didn’t look out of place. He might have been a business professor. He might have been someone’s dad. He didn’t, in other words, look much like what he is: Canada’s patient zero for the kind of right-wing populism—shouty, nativist and outside the mainstream—that has remade politics all over the Western world. Bernier was on campus that day drumming up support for his upstart populist movement, the People’s Party of Canada, ahead of Canada’s federal election, scheduled for October 21. Bernier, the party’s founder, leader and only member of Parliament, was a senior Cabinet … [Read more...] about Can Canada Ward Off a Populist Surge?
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agonized over what might seem like an inconsequential detail before his first meeting with President Donald Trump: how to shake hands. During a February 2017 flight to Washington to meet the president, Trudeau was fixated with being viewed as standing his ground without antagonizing Trump.Story Continued Below So the prime minister spent part of the flight practicing his handshake with senior aides. The combination shoulder grip-handshake he settled on didn’t just avoid the cringe-inducing exchange Japan’s Shinzo Abe endured a few days earlier. It also offered a snapshot of Trudeau’s approach to Trump: to seek contrast, not confrontation, and to be viewed as standing his ground, politely, with a dominant alpha male American leader. Now Trudeau will test his relationship with Trump as he launches an unexpectedly difficult Canadian reelection campaign.Ahead of Trudeau's tougher-than-expected fall campaign, he has hinted that he intends to … [Read more...] about Trudeau’s reelection bid faces the Trump test
By Jennifer Wells Business Columnist Fri., April 12, 2019 “It took a real team to pull that off.” I’m quoting Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun, who was interviewed by The Shelbyville News upon the announcement that Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is set to build North America’s largest plant-based protein facility right near the intersection of Interstate 74 and State Road 44. In Indiana. In a conference call with analysts this week, Maple Leaf CEO Michael McCain expanded on his vision to be the most sustainable protein company on earth. Plant-based protein is “foundational” to that vision, he said. Maple Leaf’s newly created and wholly owned subsidiary, Greenleaf Foods, will oversee the military march on the exploding plant protein market. From Chicago. Article Continued Below Perhaps I’m too much of a Pollyanna to have imagined that a Canadian-based facility processing Canadian-grown yellow peas into Canadian-made … [Read more...] about Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods is creating hundreds of jobs in Indiana and not here. Where were Ontario and Ottawa?
ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS Minneapolis-based Solve has been named agency of record for Sunoco, a Dallas-based gasoline retailer and wholesaler. … Nemer Fieger, St. Louis Park, announced the following new clients: Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota; Angel Foundation; Donnie Smith Bike Show; Intercontinental MSP Hotel & Resort; Society Insurance, and Veritas Financial. AGRICULTURE Agribusiness giant Cargill, Wayzata, announced that it has selected Jon Nash to lead its North American protein business. ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING Pope Architects, St. Paul, announced the promotion of Amy Maldonado, Brock Martinson, Christine Soma and Rebecca Frenning to the associate level in the firm. CONSTRUCTION Beth Nde of Adolfson & Peterson Construction, was named president of the Minnesota Builders Exchange board of directors; other board member and officers include: Danielle Dziedzic, Dziedzic Caulking, vice president; Erik Molin, Molin Concrete … [Read more...] about Business People: Sunday, Feb. 10
By David Olive Business Columnist Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 Doug Ford, premier of Ontario, is poised to kill one of the world’s most ambitious and sophisticated universal basic income pilot projects (UBI), cutting a year off its intended three-year duration. The decision was made last July, soon after the Ford government came to power, and is effective March 31. Ontario’s new government is able to do that because the UBI project, and its promise to reinvent social assistance and give poor people greater incentive to join the paid workforce, is scarcely known or understood. UBI is a handup, not a handout. The approximately 4,500 participants in the test communities of Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Lindsay receive a no-strings-attached basic income equal to just 75 per cent of Ontario’s low-income, or poverty, threshold of $22,653 in 2017 when the project was launched. Participants in the UBI project are not punished with the loss of their social … [Read more...] about Premier needs primer in the value of universal basic income to the economy