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In-depth PESTLE insights
Publication Date: July 2011

This profile analyzes the political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental (PESTLE) structure in Canada.
Each of the PESTLE factors is explored on four parameters: current strengths, current challenges, future prospects, and
future risks.

Key findings
The country has a strong democratic setup, but uneven development could lead to political instability
In Canada, democratic principles are predominant and all governments, whether coalition, Conservative, or Liberal, have
always followed stable democratic policies. The country has also proactively taken up free-trade negotiations with many
countries in the Americas, Europe, and elsewhere with the aim of growing its economy. Additionally, the country is pursuing
many agreements that will enable bilateral and regional free trade, avoid double taxation, protect foreign investment,
strengthen financial and banking institutions, and assist development. However, this positive development could be
affected if the current government does not do something to stem the growing animosity between developed and lessdeveloped provinces. Provinces such as Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta, which are particularly rich in
natural resources, have been growing stronger economically and have emerged as political nerve centers. These four
regions together contribute more than 85% of the country's GDP. The government is accused of giving more support to
these high-growth provinces than other, less-developed areas. This has led to discontentment among some provincial
authorities, who hold the state responsible for this inequitable growth, and is causing a rise in animosity between the

Country Analysis Report: Canada
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Published 07/2011
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