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Joseph Soares

Teacher, author-blogger & former advisor to Prime Minister of Canada

Joseph Soares is a teacher, author and blogger. He served as an advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (2008-2010), as well as to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (2006-2008). He blogs at www.josephsoares.com. You can follow Joseph on Twitter @josephsoares.

Nigeria Confirms Africa's Democratic Trend

The country is known for its endemic corruption, its history of military coups, sectarian violence and fraudulent ''419'' letter schemes. More recently, the world has watched in horror as the country battled, mostly unsuccessfully, the brutal jihadist group Boko Haram in a five year conflict that is blamed for the death of 36,000 people, with 16,000 in the last year alone. Despite these challenges, rather most probably because of them, in an election applauded around the world as a victory not only for Nigeria, but for all of Africa, the continent's most populous country, 160 million strong, ejected their incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan. His People's Democratic Party or PDP had ruled the country since 1999.
04/02/2015 04:49 EDT

The Battle of Britain Begins

Any potential UKIP induced Labour gains vis-à-vis the Conservatives will be offset by significant projected losses Labour will suffer at the hands of the Scottish National Party or SNP. Its leadership has made clear it will do what it can to defeat a new Conservative government, preferring to hold the balance of power in a potential Labour Government.
04/02/2015 02:19 EDT
AP

Bibi's Re-Election: Against All Odds

Netanyahu would shift his strategic communications, his core messaging and narrative, he would now run his political campaign from the hard right of his traditional electoral pool, he would have time to adjust once elected when he would recover the center he needed to govern, but right now pragmatic realism would have to take center stage.
03/20/2015 06:04 EDT
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Putin's "Wag The Dog" Communications Strategy

What if all this show of Putin's disappearance was anything but botched? What if this mess was exactly what he wanted it to be, a useful distraction from a series of other issues he would rather we not pay as much attention to, like the mysterious murder of his primary opposition critic just outside the Kremlin walls? In other words, careful what you wish for people. In the final analysis, we may still be witnessing the end of Vladimir Putin. Alternatively, it may simply be Putin's wag the dog communications strategy.
03/17/2015 01:27 EDT
CP

Harper in Quebec: It's Now or Never

If the past is any indication of the future, what could seem politically impossible for Stephen Harper today is in fact possible. Many seem to think that the next election could exclude any input from Québec. Those who think so are making a huge mistake.
08/10/2014 11:50 EDT
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Canada's Big Pharma Should Do What It Does Best

Back in 2012, things looked grim for Canada's Big Pharma industry. A significant number of the industry's high-earning products were about to lose their patent protection, and face replacement by low-margin generics. But Canada's pharma industry, the eighth largest in the world, maintained its levels of innovation as well as formulating an innovative and successful business strategy.
08/07/2014 05:23 EDT
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We Need To Do More Than Just Sound Off About the Gaza Attacks

There is no fundamental difference between the conflict in Ukraine and that between Israel and Hamas. Each group in question sees itself as having its back to the wall. Each has had the bitter experience of trusting allies who let it down. This does not justify shooting down a plane filled with innocent people, but the fear of destruction that drives people to such exigencies is a terrible thing.
07/21/2014 01:00 EDT
CP

Get High-Speed Rail Policy On Tracks

Clearly the Government of Canada doesn't have an HSR policy, but surely it's time it did the minimum? A basic and badly-needed step would be to lay the policy and political tracks for a future ''blue sky'' proposal regarding high-speed rail.
07/09/2014 05:49 EDT
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China Is On Speed. What's Canada On?

China has pursued this technology leadership goal for 20 years. Back in the 1990s, it began importing technology from Germany, the Siemens Velaro model; from France, the Alstom New Pendolinos. And, guess what? The Zefiro 250 type, made right here in Canada by Bombardier. In 2008, investment in high-speed rail projects shot up to $88 billion with plans to open 42 new lines.
07/08/2014 12:35 EDT
ASSOCIATED PRESS

It's Time Canada Gets a High-Speed Rail

When was the last time you heard Canada's Federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt mention the words "high-speed rail" or its commonly used acronym "HSR," in any public speech or announcement? Think hard, and keep thinking, but don't hold your breath while you think.
07/07/2014 12:39 EDT
PA

How the Government Dethroned A Crown Corporation

Last week, the Harper Government announced that it is putting Ridley Terminals Inc. (RTI), a relatively small federal Crown Corporation, up for sale. In the last early 1980s, the Trudeau government spent $250 million to build this coal terminal in the hope that coalmines would magically appear. Well, they didn't, and RTI has been a taxpayer-funded sick hole ever since.
12/19/2012 01:13 EST