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David Parkinson

David Parkinson
Staff columnist
Economics Columnist

David Parkinson has been covering business and financial markets since 1990, and has been with The Globe and Mail since 2000. In his years with The Globe, he has been an energy report, an editorial writer, a financial-markets columnist, and spent two years as Investment Editor. He has been an economics columnist/reporter since 2014. A Calgary native, he holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Calgary, and Masters in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. He received a Southam Fellowship from the University of Toronto in 1999-2000, studying international political economics.

Why did you become a journalist?

I liked sports, and I liked to write. So I wandered into the student newspaper office at the University of Calgary (The Gauntlet), announced, "I like sports and I like to write," and they assigned me a story. I've been writing ever since, though I'm still waiting to be offered the Calgary Stampeders beat.

Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail



University of Calgary - BA (Psychology, Sociology), 1982-1987

University of Western Ontario - MA (Journalism), 1987-1988

University of Toronto - Southam Fellowship, 1999-2000

Latest articles
Low-cost daycare could be key to closing labour-participation gap, Statscan study finds Subscriber content
Jobs, trade data show improvement, but details reveal weakness in economy Subscriber content
Why USMCA is more than a trade pact Subscriber content David Parkinson
Trudeau to seek closer trade ties with China despite USMCA ‘non-market’ clause Subscriber content
For Canada’s economy, USMCA’s biggest benefit is end of uncertainty Subscriber content David Parkinson
Solid Canadian economic growth seen bolstering case for October rate hike
Doug Ford’s deficit finger-pointing is a tired old trick Subscriber content David Parkinson
Inflation eases but core measures signal higher interest rates
PEI faced credibility problem in entrepreneur immigration program Subscriber content David Parkinson
The 10-year hangover: How the long shadow of the global financial crisis endures Subscriber content
Just in time for NAFTA talks, trade deficit figure shows how entwined Canadian, U.S. economies are Subscriber content David Parkinson
Rates, currency, NAFTA talks serve as risks to Canadian economy Subscriber content
Riyadh’s measures fail to disrupt Canadian markets Subscriber content
Canada’s trade gap narrows to 17-month low despite protectionist risks Subscriber content
Bank of Canada’s business outlook might prove short-sighted Subscriber content David Parkinson
Canadian economy posts biggest monthly gain in two years
Newsprint-tariffs ruling key in Canada-U.S. trade war Subscriber content
The high cost of NATO’s dwindling peace dividend Subscriber content David Parkinson
Labour force participation, immigration headline OECD’s Canada report
Trump is coming to find he doesn’t have a political friend in the Fed Subscriber content David Parkinson