You cannot turn the TV on most nights during the nightly news without hearing some sort of commentary on the state of the Canadian economy. Agriculture is very reliant on the health of the consumer. Farmers are trying to decipher job reports, GDP growth, interest rates, CPI and a dozen other economic indicators.
One of the best economists that I interview for breaking all this down into a language that you and I can understand is Glen Hodgson, Conference Board of Canada. The video is 10 minutes long but I encourage you to stick with it and listen to the story that he tells about the Canadian economic situation. Glen talks about our separation from the US economy and how we need to be a more productive country to mitigate the affects of a par dollar.
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