Colin Kenny
Colin Kenny entered the Senate on June 29th, 1984. Throughout his career he has focused on a wide range of issues including; banking, trade and commerce, energy, tobacco control, and alternative fuels. He was the inaugural Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, serving from 2001-2009.

Entries by Colin Kenny

The RCMP Need The Resources To Meet Rising Demands

(5) Comments | Posted April 6, 2017 | 5:00 PM

Last year, Public Safety Minister Goodale signed off on an annual bonus package for top RCMP brass totaling more than $1.7 million. The bonuses were doled out among 96 senior officers and included $295,514 for six deputy commissioners -- a nine per cent increase over their 2015 bonuses....

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Trudeau's Cross-Country Tour Shows True Courage In Communication

(35) Comments | Posted February 28, 2017 | 4:17 PM

When it comes to retail politics, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his father are not cut from the same cloth. Pierre Elliott Trudeau's public persona was self-contained, enigmatic and, at times, abrasively combative.

In private, he was sensitive, caring and thoughtful, but the public did not often see that side...

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Trump Risks Repeating Smoot-Hawley's Misguided Folly With NAFTA

(19) Comments | Posted February 24, 2017 | 9:57 AM

In June 1930, the Congress of the United States passed the "Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act", named for its Republican sponsors, Utah Senator Reed Smoot and Oregon Representative Willis Hawley.

The original piece of legislation was designed to protect American agriculture but within days, other industries began storming...

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Canadian Ministers And Canadian Medals

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2017 | 2:29 AM

It's not every day that you see a politician make a policy decision that snubs thousands of community leaders in favour of a program that honours a handful of celebrities and elites.

But it seems that's exactly what the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly has done.


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It's Time To Make Airport Security Swifter, Smarter And Safer

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2016 | 12:05 PM

If you've flown anywhere in Canada recently, there's a good chance you've had to deal with the headache of longer than normal wait times at security screening. You also wouldn't be wrong in thinking wait times are getting worse. Since 2013, the length of screening times has deteriorated so badly...

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We Need Transparent Competition For CF-18 Fighter Jet Replacements

(9) Comments | Posted October 3, 2016 | 10:43 AM

Donald Trump recently made big headlines about how NATO countries are not carrying their fair share of the defence burden -- measured at two per cent of GDP. But even President Obama publicly pointed out, in his address to Parliament no less, that Canada should contribute "its full share to...

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It's Time For The Defence Minister To Focus On Search And Rescue

(9) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 1:12 PM

Since the government took office last December, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan has spent much of his time musing about Canada's military role in Iraq, the CF-18 replacements, and a future role in peacekeeping operations.

As important as these issues are, the minister would be wise to spend...

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The Security Intelligence Review Committee Is Not Doing the Job

(6) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 5:24 PM

If the prime minister thought public pressure to institute a more robust review system for national security would slowly die down, he has miscalculated.

Last week, a number of former prime ministers and Supreme Court justices penned an open letter calling for the government to keep a closer eye on...

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Don't Fall For Harper's Election-Year Economic Rhetoric

(70) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:01 PM

By now, we've all seen the ads. You know the ones. Upbeat music is playing in the background. A man is busy at work in a steel mill. A woman pulls some piping hot buns out of a bakery oven. A pleasant sounding voiceover claims the Harper government is delivering...

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Canada Needs A Better System Of Watching Over Anti-Terrorism Legislation

(6) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:12 PM

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? While Latin may have gone the way of the dinosaurs, the meaning behind that ancient Roman phrase couldn't be more relevant: Who watches the watchers?

A peculiar situation has emerged in this country since 9/11: intelligence gathering has become more important while the review process for...

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On Terrorism, Harper is all Talk and No Walk

(25) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 10:13 AM

They say politics is show business for ugly people. And with only nine months or so until the writ is dropped, Canadians can only expect the theatrics from their government to reach new heights.

No issue, it seems, will be spared the prime minister's play-acting, not even when it comes...

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We Need to Fix Canada's Half-Baked Airport Security System

(7) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 4:35 PM

As much as I wish the festive season was all eggnog and Christmas carols, the fact of the matter is the holidays have some drawbacks. Top among these is the stress of travelling during the busiest time of the year, which is made even worse by Canada's half-baked airport security...

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10 Signs Someone Is Becoming Radicalized to Violence

(6) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 11:42 AM

If there were any doubts remaining in the minds of Canadians that this country has a serious problem with domestic radicalization to violence, the events of this past year most surely brought them to a decisive end.

The two terrorist attacks in October and the participation of over 130 Canadian...

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Harper's Secret Budget Cuts Undermine Canada's Democracy

(62) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 4:05 PM

The Harper government has made no secret of its intention to tighten Canada's fiscal belt over the last several years.

Since 2010, the prime minister has been working to downsize the budgets of most federal agencies by between 5 and 10 per cent as part of his Deficit Reduction Action...

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Why Harper's Decision on Canada's Shipbuilding Strategy is Crucial

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 4:58 PM

With its current fleet of frigates and destroyers getting close to the best before date, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is at an important fork in the road.

The Harper government has plans for the construction of 15 Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) to replace the old fleet and has chosen...

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First China Brings the Money, Now They Bring the Muscle

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:29 PM

China's rapid economic growth in recent years has changed the global balance of financial power. That's a challenge to western nations. But China's subsequent drive toward military ascendancy may be an even bigger challenge.

Historically, China hasn't been one of the world's military big boys. The Chinese have been pushed...

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Canada's National Security Needs Money

(10) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 5:07 PM

In light of the tragic events in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the Harper government is looking to increase the powers of our national security agencies to combat terrorism.

But the greatest challenge facing our security officials isn't a lack of powers. They already have plenty of them. The problem is a...

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Harper Should Protect Consumers Instead of Agriculture Inc.

(18) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Stephen Harper is known as a free market enthusiast who believes that unfettered competition is vital to any country's economic well-being. Yet the federal government continues to force Canadian families to squander in excess of $275 per family per year to protect the lucrative Canadian dairy and poultry industries.


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Watch Out - China Has the Money and Now the Muscle Too

(12) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 5:18 PM

China's rapid economic growth in recent years has changed the global balance of financial power. That's a challenge to western nations. But China's subsequent drive toward military ascendancy may be an even bigger challenge.

Historically, China hasn't been one of the world's military big boys. The Chinese have been pushed...

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How To Improve the Relationship Between Police and 'People in Crisis'

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Two things I know to be true. Sadly, these two truths clash. In fact, these truths loathe each other.

My first truth is that if police are to make more widespread use of Tasers (officially known as conducted energy weapons), some type of audio-visual devices should be activated before the...

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