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Observations from Erik Andersen, Gabriola Island, BC

Columns, articles and recommendations from economist Erik Andersen:

In Winter 2020-21, Vol. 34, No. 2

Governor of the Bank of Canada asks for
suggestions re the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Erik Andersen, Gabriola Island, BC, October 21, 2020

Erik's Introduction: I did not try to bully the BoC Governor, but I am trying to head off what I think could come. History shows that politicians use “low hanging fruit” as targets when times get difficult. The episode of 1975 to early 80s was very unfair to Canadians who were being held responsible for creating inflation. We are in a K-Winter right now as then, but politicians and business people can only think linearly so they become dangerous to the population. If anyone wishes to use my letter go ahead. Likely currency devaluation will be difficult enough but add inflation and we don’t know if those conditions might end up with a lot of us being thrown under the bus.

MY LETTER TO: Mr. Tiff Macklem,
Governor of the Bank of Canada
234 Wellington St, Ottawa  K1A 0G9

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How to Design a Failing Nation
Erik discusses the handicapping of Canada as a nation state, since the 1970s.
[p. 7, in the Spring 2013 Edition of Dialogue magazine]

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An Open Letter to Finance Minister Flaherty, Mar. 21, 2013 - signed by some 41 Canadians including Erik Andersen; a proposal for the reform of the Canadian banking system and implementation of a social contract between the Government and People of Canada. [p.5, in the March-April 2013 Edition, Vol. 6, No. 5, of Dialogue magazine]

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