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Canada is facing its day of reckoning. As governments around the world attempt to pick themselves out of the wreckage of the worst downturn since the Great Depression, a new post-crisis economic stage is emerging: survival of the fittest.

With that in mind, it has never been more important for corporate Canada to stay ahead of the competition amid an ever-shifting trade picture, turmoil in Europe and uncertainty in the United States and Asia.

The consequences of failing to compete will reverberate far beyond the boardrooms of Bay Street. Being able to innovate, attract spending and to grow is ultimately important because jobs are at stake.

This week, Report on Business launches a six-month project examining the people, politics and economic issues that are helping or hurting the country's ability to compete in this new world.

The series will be looking at how government regulations can either coddle Canadian businesses or challenge them to do better in a global marketplace. It will examine what we have lost, and what we risk losing. It will, in the end, highlight a debate that has never been more timely and crucial to this country's economic future.

The series launches on June 2 in Report on Business, with a week of articles setting out some of the country's toughest challenges, and will continue in the newspaper and online through the remainder of 2012. Please join in the conversation with your comments, questions and ideas.

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