The future of Ontario (Canada?)

Daniel Drache reports on some trends which I had not quite been following:

Ontario has the densest concentration of car production probably in the world…

From a North American perspective, Ontario, Canada’s industrial heartland, ranks 16 out of 18 on his competitiveness ranking index, just ahead of Michigan.

…the job boom in resources including minerals and agricultural exports offset less than one-fifth of the jobs lost in Canadian manufacturing facilities.  The big winners in terms of job growth are private services and government…

…the incredible growth in services challenges one of the standard assumptions of globalization — that Canada is becoming more integrated into the global economy.  Most service production is consumed domestically and virtually all public services are not traded…the most remarkable structural change in the Canadian economy is that Canada was less integrated in world markets at the end of 2006 than it was a decade earlier measured by intense export openness…Canadian exports reached their peak at over 45 percent of the share of Canada’s total GDP in 2000; by 2007 this had declined by 10 points to 35 percent.

Here is yesterday’s related post on America.  Here is my earlier post on Harold Innis.


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