TRUDEAU ECONOMY: Direct Investment Into Canada Collapsed By 26% In 2017

Direct investment is down over 50% since 2015.

Investor confidence in Canada is collapsing.

Statistics Canada data reveals that direct investment in Canada plunged 26% in 2017, and now stands at $33.8 billion.

According to Bloomberg, “Capital flows dropped for a second year, and are down by more than half since 2015. The investment that did take place was from reinvested earnings of existing operations. Net foreign purchases of Canadian businesses turned negative for the first time in a decade, which means that foreign companies sold more Canadian businesses than they bought.”

If this foreign investment exodus was being replaced by a surge of domestic investment, it would be a good thing, as growing domestic investment in Canadian businesses is far better. But that’s not what’s happening.

There is no surge of Canadian investment in our economy, as both foreign firms and Canadian firms (particularly in the energy industry) are pulling back investments and trying to unload what they have.

As Bloomberg notes, the investment collapse “marks a setback for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, which has emphasized attracting foreign companies.”

Notably, this collapse in investment makes Canada more reliant on unstable foreign funding, rather than secure investment:

“Unlike portfolio investment, foreign direct investment is considered a stable source of funding that comes with the additional benefits of a transfer of know-how. Instead, an increasing amount of Canada’s funding needs are being met by short-term funds denominated in foreign currencies — which makes the country more vulnerable to a sudden loss of interest from foreign investors.”

And, in a fact that won’t surprise many, the biggest foreign investment into Canada last year came from “Hong Kong’s richest man, Li Ka-Shing.”

This foreign investment collapse is an indictment of Justin Trudeau’s economic policies, which have put carbon taxes, regulations, and virtue-signalling ahead of empowering our economy to succeed. 

Just take a look at the chart below to see how Trudeau taking power perfectly coincides with the collapse:

FDI Canada Collapse Trudeau
Chart: Bloomberg – Screenshot

The cost of Trudeau’s failed policies is now reaching into the tens of billions every year, and it’s only getting worse.

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I wonder if Canada can ever recover from his economic and cultural destruction of Canada and he isn’t done yet.

Nancy
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A country that goes bankrupt is an investors dream, everything loses value and they buy it up cheap even the currency as it bottoms out, example Mexico several years ago, people I know bought their currency and when it went back up finally they made a fortune, a lot bought up property cheap and sold as the prices went up. That is one perspective, but there are many other ways to bankrupt a country, and sell it off, that are way nastier. We desperately need a new government fast, this whole government needs to step down and set up safety… Read more »

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Wendy Lush

Let’s say you are a multi-national deciding to open a branch plant in North America. Will you set up your business in A) the USA, a stable country with a pro-business government, or B) Canada, a resource-based economy led a touchy-feely mixed up socialist ideologue who doesn’t know where he’s going? It’s a no-brainer.

We’re toast. The economy is crashing and we’re being led by friggin’ Gomer Pyle.

Shazam.

Wendy Lush
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Wendy Lush

Let’s say you are a multi-national deciding to open a branch plant in North America. Will you set up your business in A) the USA, a stable country with a pro-business government, or B) Canada, a resource-based economy led a touchy-feely mixed up socialist ideologue who doesn’t know where he’s going? It’s a no-brainer.

We’re toast. The economy is crashing and we’re being led by friggin’ Gomer Pyle.

Shazam.

Mel Moore
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Mel Moore

This guy makes Gomer Pyle look like Stephen Hawking.

Tara
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Tara

This is really very scary because the Problem is Clear but how to Clean Up the Mess, the Disaster?

Terry Watkinson
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Terry Watkinson

Trudeau Lite appears to share the family inability to understand the Canadian economy. Intellectual ability regresses towards the mean. I am uncertain which generation of this family will cause the more enduring catastrophe, but I certainly hope there will be no third act to the play.

Matthew
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hopefully JT has seen to that, not 3rd gen to run the country