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Published On: Tue, Jul 6th, 2010

Jeffrey Simpson Quotes (writer: TheGlobeandMail.com)

Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist, has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes. He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

If you believe that fossil fuels will be in demand here and abroad for a very long time, then [Canada’s struggles to get pipelines built and LNG projects off the ground are] bad news for employment, government revenues, economic growth and the Canadian dollar. – February 24, 2019

Time is money, and the more time that is spent consulting and negotiating, the greater the chance that the company will walk away or, looking at precedents, decide not to invest.  – February 24, 2019

A quivering political anger reverberated around Ontario before the election; a sense of disappointment pervaded the campaign. The New Democrats, who won the campaign but not the election, offered a very old mixture of big social spending, higher taxes and more borrowing. The Liberals had simply been around too long and had wavered between trying to restrain spending to balance the budget and promising huge new spending. If the Liberals couldn’t figure out who they were, how were Ontarians supposed to know? And the Progressive Conservatives, well, they offered Mr. Ford. – regarding Doug Ford: June 9, 2018

The party leaders aped Three Blind Mice. They ignored – presumably because they believed Ontarians did not care – the fiscal wall ahead. Said the province’s Financial Accountability Office in its last report: Ontarians face “a continued deterioration in [their] budget with the deficit reaching $12.7-billion by 2020-21.” Debt payments now account for more than the entire education and training budget, and the payments will go higher. The province has already experienced downgrades from two key ratings agencies, Moody’s and DBRS. Its net debt will soon pass $400-billion, making it one of the world’s most indebted sub-national governments. This from what used to be Canada’s fiscal bulwark. – June 9, 2018

I was really, really lucky. Many people don’t know what they want to be when they’re a teenager, but I knew from an early stage that I wanted to be a journalist. – July 4, 2016

It’s the most overrated university in the world – speaking of the London School of Economics on July 4, 2016

Obama’s foreign policy works
Overseas, the president has an undeniably strong record, says Jeffrey Simpson at Canada’s Globe and Mail. Obama has shown he’s capable of “mixing muscularity with restraint,” extricating the U.S. from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, avoiding direct intervention in Syria, and resisting “the push to recklessly attack Iran” — all while relentlessly going after terrorists and playing a limited but key role in forcing regime change in Libya. Meanwhile, the world sees Romney displaying “the hubris of the powerful and the ignorance of the uninformed,” thumping his chest and scaring folks overseas. – Oct, 2012.

It is disturbing these days for the country’s friends to watch the Great Republic’s politics, to wonder about its economy, to tremble at its deficits, and to shake their heads at its Supreme Court that has struck down corporate contribution limits in politics and reaffirmed the right to bear arms, to the intense joy of the gun lobby. – Jeffrey Simpson, TheGlobeandMail.com July 3, 2010 article  “Happy Fourth of July-America needs it”

The United States gave itself the most gifted President in several generations, handed his party a majority in both houses of Congress, only to watch his presidency be swamped by the doleful legacy of the Bush years, a worldwide recession and its parlous aftermath, and a ferocious Republican opposition bent on a search-and-destroy mission of his presidency. – Jeffrey Simpson, TheGlobeandMail.com July 3, 2010 article  “Happy Fourth of July-America needs it”

There’s a difference between being “tough on crime,” as the federal Conservatives profess to be, and being stupid about crime, which is what they are. – June 28, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “The true costs of ‘truth in sentancing'”

The (Truth in Sentancing) act would limit the credit a judge can give an accused for time spent in prison while awaiting trial. The result, of course, will be more days spent in prison, with additional costs therefore added to the federal and provincial treasuries. – June 28, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “The true costs of ‘truth in sentancing'”

More crowding would fit nicely with “tough on crime” or “let ’em rot in hell” rhetoric. It would do nothing, of course, in reducing recidivism rates, let alone rehabilitation. And it would be a recipe for more internal tensions in institutions already roiling with them. – June 28, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “The true costs of ‘truth in sentancing'”

For the U.S., a target of halving the deficit is likely a pipe dream, something President Barack Obama can talk about all day long, but without the Congress being willing to cut spending and/or raise taxes, it won’t happen. And who believes Congress is willing to do either, let alone both? – June 27, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “The G20 summitt’s bottom line? Good intentions.”

The United States, most notably, is a fiscal wreck, with deficits of more than $1-trillion this year and next – and a long-term debt explosion starting later this decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. – June 27, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “They’re a motley crew of 20 – and yet have made common cause in the past”

There is absolutely no sign that the U.S. political system, a rough reflection of U.S. public opinion, can deal with the monumental challenges these deficits and debts present. – June 27, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “They’re a motley crew of 20 – and yet have made common cause in the past”

The U.S., being the world’s leading economy, is still being rewarded for its bad behaviour. – June 18, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “How to rebalance a nervous global economy”

American public remains too complacent about the true state of the country’s parlous finances, which in turn allows lawmakers to jawbone, point fingers but do nothing. When yesterday, in a letter to other G20 leaders, President Barack Obama wrote that his country would “reduce our fiscal deficit to 3 per cent of GDP by fiscal year 2015” (from 11 per cent today), he was, as Americans say, whistling Dixie.  – June 18, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “How to rebalance a nervous global economy”

The “debt explosion” they describe (and we are now experiencing) comes less from the cost of bailing out and recapitalizing the banking system, but from the collapse of government revenues, automatic increases in government spending from such policies as unemployment insurance, and stimulus measures of the kind every country introduced in the recession. – June 18, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “How to rebalance a nervous global economy”

In the U.S, it is estimated that the country will amass another $9-trillion of debt in the next decade, unless radical changes are made to spending and taxation of the kind that are hard to imagine Americans understanding their country requires. – June 18, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “How to rebalance a nervous global economy”

The Chinese essentially want to play by half the international rules. They were accepted into the World Trade Organization, pledging liberalized trade. They take every opportunity to oppose protectionism – elsewhere. – June 18, 2010 TheGlobeandMail.com article  “How to rebalance a nervous global economy”

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