VIDEO: Why You Won’t See Chinese Cars In The US Until After 2025

Today there are already about 60,000 Chinese manufactured vehicles entering the US and Canadian automobile market each year, some of which may surprise you; Buick Envision ($32,000) Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid ($75,000) not the standard CT6’s cancelled for US and Canada sales in 2018 Volvo S60 & S90 ($36,000 and $48,000) However, what you don’t see is a single Chinese brand like BYD (serious Telsa competitor), Chery (former Chrysler partner), or Dongfeng (sold 4.1 MILLION cars in China in 2018)…

Where Does Canada Export Oil To?

It will come as no surprise to anyone in the oil sector, or involved in the stock market that Canada exports nearly all of its oil to the United States.  What may be surprising is some of the secondary markets.  For instance, you can see in the graphic below that The Netherlands and France are Canada’s second and third largest export markets for refined oil (i.e. gasoline, diesel…) Click to expand graphic 2017 Exports From Canada   Click to expand…

What Does Canada Export and Import?

Canada has a dynamic first world economy but still has its primary exports from primary industries: Click to expand graphic 2017 Exports From Canada In contrast to Canada’s raw material exports, Canada imports mostly finished goods: Click to expand graphic 2017 Imports Into Canada The following graph shows Canada’s imports in red and exports in blue from 1995 through 2017: Click to expand graphic Canada’s Imports and Exports From 1995 to 2017   This data came from MIT’s The Observatory…

VIDEO: City of Toronto Electric Buses By The Numbers

The City of Toronto has the largest transit system in Canada that includes 2200 buses and they are now testing 10 fully electric units from each of  New Flyer (Canada), BYD (China), and Proterra (US) Here are the numbers: 25% more reliable 30% few parts less items to inventory and manage saves money 25% lower maintenance costs 60% quieter which is a big deal for drivers and communities 75% reduction in energy costs $32,000 /bus /year energy savings $70 million…

VIDEO: Ontario & Saskatchewan Agreed In Court That Carbon Taxes Are Both Effective & The Lowest Cost Method of Reducing Greenhouse Gases

It is oft said by those who disapprove of carbon taxes that: Carbon taxes are ineffective Carbon taxes target the wrong people The Canadian Federal Government does not have right to impose a carbon tax All three of these statements are demonstrably incorrect. University of Ottawa Professor of Law and Economics, Stewart Elgie, explains that the dissenting judges in the Saskatchewan and Ontario carbon tax cases are not disagreeing with the principle that the Federal Government has the right to…

The Rational Case Against Huawei

There are many that think Huawei is just a puppet of the Chinese government and an equal number that think the Huawei bans and bad talk are nothing more than hype designed to stifle a non-Western competitor. We recently wrote two articles explaining some of Huawei’s background: 10 Short Answers To Why Huawei is so Scary To Western Countries Who Owns Huawei? A Fascinating Story but neither our previous articles nor the political hype have clearly explained why countries should…

VIDEO: Reckless US Government Spending / Borrowing Now Causing the Economy to Stall, Giving China The Upper Hand

There are three main factors in our calling for the US economy to stall in the coming months, which will give China the upper hand in trade negotiations: 1 – Government Spending Tax Cuts Stimulation Has Run Its Course The US economy has been booming for the last two years because of historic federal government spending under President Trump: “Trump May Be The Most Fiscally Reckless President In American History.  Trump’s behavior on everything and anything having to do with…

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Timeline of 2019 Events

UPDATE: November 24, 2019 TMX announces that at the end of September 2019, there were 2200 constructions workers hired and that number was expected to grow to 3000 by the end of the year. UPDATED: July 21 2019 Since the start of the 2019, there have been many important events in the Trans Mountain Pipeline saga and it is easy to get lost.  To clarify the issues we have appended the following entries to our master list “Complete Trans Mountain…

How The China US Trade War Only Serves to Galvanize China’s Resolve, Just Like Apple and Qualcomm

The goal of a trade war is to increase access to some other countries markets.   However, we can simplify the logic by reducing down from a country scale to an individual business scale. At the single company scale, Company A withholds a key product or increases price on that product because they want something from Company B, perhaps increased sales effort of some key line.  At some point the  cost becomes too much for one or both of the parties…

VIDEO: Why China Is Like The US In The 1950’s and No Longer Needs Exports To America

From an American perspective, China has a strange confidence the belies and critical weakness that is just below the surface. US President Donald Trump is fond of pointing out that China sells much more to the US than the US sells to China.  He believes that this trade imbalance gives him unlimited power to dictate Chinese policy and that belief has lead to the US initiating a trade war. Chinese President Xi Jinping knows that his country has an enormous…

VIDEO: Confidence in US President Collapses Everywhere Except Russia & Israel

Here are the numbers supporting what you likely already knew. George W Bush was not well liked or respected in the international community, largely because he polarized world leaders into “…those who are with (the US), or with the terrorists” Obama softened the US stance on international issues.  He had been called the Consoler In Chief. Trump’s lack of foreign policy planning and his penchant for grandstanding has lead him to take hard line on almost everything.  Thus far, he…

Jason Kenny’s UCP Alberta Cabinet By The Numbers

We reviewed Jason Kenny’s selections for his first UCP Cabinet and came up with some interesting statistics: 3 or 15% – The number and percentage of previously elected Progressive Conservatives (PC) that are now Cabinet Ministers . 2 or 10% – The number and percentage of previously elected Wildrose party members that are now Cabinet Ministers . 7 or 35% – The number and percentage of women in the 2019 Alberta Cabinet . 7 or 50% – The number and…

What The Mueller Report into Trumps Relationship With Russia Has To Do With Canada

We just spent a few hours reading, skimming and searching through the Mueller report and found just two references to Canada or Canadians, both of which are completely innocuous. You may then ask why a negative outcome worth reporting and we respond that it is a question we have been asked to look into. We expected to at least be able to to say that the report was chock full of mysterious inferences about the Russia – Trump relationship but…

If The Alberta NDP Are Not ‘Crazy Lefties’, Why Are They Not Still In Power?

This op-ed piece is taking a short departure from our mandate of shedding light on facts and avoiding opinion.   After the election, we had discussions thoughtful, educated people referring to the NDP as “crazy lefties”, “nutty greenies” and “anti-pipeline activists” all of which we think is inaccurate. Keep in mind that we are concerning ourselves with the Alberta NDP Party and not individuals.  We believe there are two primary reasons the Alberta NDP Party is not “crazy left”, “nutty green”…

Who Are The Most Popular Provincial Politicians In Alberta? Jason Kenny & Rachel Notley Do Not Even Make the Top 10!

It is usually highly subjective process to create a most popular anything list but elections are popularity contests so we have some very solid numbers to work from.  We analysed the results directly from the Elections Alberta database for the April 16th 2019 election and were a bit suprised to find: Jason Nixon is, by far, the most popular Provincial Politician in Alberta Jason Kenny & Rachel Notley Do Not Even Make the Top 10 Not a single NDP candidate…

Chestermere – Strathmore 2019 Election Results By Zone: Aheer, Langmaid, Fildebrant & Avermenko

If you are wondering how “your” candidate did amongst your neighbors, this is the place to be.   These tables show the results of 32000 votes sorted by all 75 polls (aka ‘areas’) and by popularity. Click on the map to expand it, then find your poll/area and match it up with the tables below. Click to Enlarge Area “Polls” / Zone / Area Map Leela Sharon Aheer (UCP) 13,808 votes = 67.4% (as at 1am April 17, 2019) United Conservative…

5 Myths About Carbon Taxes, On Both Sides of the Issue

If you live in Alberta, BC, Ontario… ok… Canada, or the US or UK or Australia… ok… if you live on planet earth, you have heard about Carbon Taxes.  Those that are for them claim they will cure all environmental ills and those against claim they are just another government tax grab. We dug into the facts and came up with 5 Myths about Carbon Taxes we thought you would find interesting: MYTH 1 – Carbon Taxes Don’t Change Behaviour…

Half of Alberta’s Voters Will Use the Advance Polls and That Will Make Tight Races Very Hard To Call Early

If you are in a close race, Tuesday April 16th is going to be an agonizing night thanks to advance polls. By 2015 Alberta had substantially reworked its advance polls including eliminating the requirement for early voters to state a reason they could not vote on election day.  Acceptable responses were things like, travel and hospitalization.  As a result of this liberalization of advance polling rules, Alberta had a huge 21% of its voters cast their ballots early in 2015.…