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Locked out Canadian Auto Worker union members gather around a fire to keep warm outside the Electro Motive plant in London, Ont., Jan. 2, 2012. Canadian manufacturing jobs have been moving south for some time, but the New Year’s Day lockout resonated like a rifle-shot, Gwyn Morgan writes. (Mark Spowart for the Globe and Mail/Mark Spowart for the Globe and Mail)
Locked out Canadian Auto Worker union members gather around a fire to keep warm outside the Electro Motive plant in London, Ont., Jan. 2, 2012. Canadian manufacturing jobs have been moving south for some time, but the New Year’s Day lockout resonated like a rifle-shot, Gwyn Morgan writes. (Mark Spowart for the Globe and Mail/Mark Spowart for the Globe and Mail)

Canada suffering from cross-border productivity gap Add to ...

History has shown that good times foster a complacency that eventually takes a toll on business performance, while tough times foster the sacrifices and adjustments needed to improve. While Canada’s economy has weathered the recession far better than that of the beleaguered U.S., the long-standing American productivity advantage has accelerated. Economists estimate that during 2010 American labour productivity grew more than three times faster than in Canada.

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