COMPAS Poll/Survey
March 5, 2012

First of Two Part Series on Ontario Dutch Disease and Government Priorities,Part 1 on Ontario Dutch Disease

Ontario Dutch Disease-The Provincial Government is the Main Problem, Not Federal-Provincial Transfers

  Weekly CEO/Business Leader Poll by COMPAS in Canadian Business
Policy and Opinion
Consumer and Lifestyle
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When CEOs and business leaders are asked to assign blame for Ontario's budgetary predicaments, they recommend looking in the mirror first. That is a clear signal from the COMPAS business panel. The top blame-worthy issues are Ontario's failure to re-think government programs and poor spending decisions such as billions on wind and solar subsidies, as shown in table 2.1. While the rise of China and of the Canadian dollar as well as the decline of the U.S. economy are perceived as factors, insufficient federal transfers are not considered a major cause of Ontario's predicaments.

These are the key findings from this past week's Internet survey of CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel. The weekly business survey is undertaken for Canadian Business magazine.

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