Canada in 2004


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Case Code : ECOA116
Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 2004
Organization : -
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : Canada
Industry : -

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Background Note

Canada became independent in 1867. In the 1910s, Canada was a dominion within the British Commonwealth. A governor-general was the symbolic head of state.

Railroads allowed Canada to capitalize on a wheat boom in the Prairie Provinces with exports to the US and Commonwealth. A huge resource base provided a natural impetus to industrialization.

Pre-World War I (WWI) Ontario had more than 30 automobile plants. The country attracted many immigrants...

The Economy

Natural resources had played a significant role in the early development of the Canadian economy. But over the years, Canada had developed into an advanced economy. Canada's manufacturing sector improved its competitiveness during the 1990s. The services sector accounted for over two-thirds of the country's output and provided employment to nearly 75% of the working population...

Industry

Canada had one of the most favorable business environments in the world. The country had an excellent infrastructure, supported by an open regime for foreign trade and capital.

Despite pressure on public finances, the Canadian government looked well set to implement the remaining elements of a tax-cutting package. Political stability had increased following the defeat of separatists in Quebec's provincial election in April 2003...

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