Colin Kenny
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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.

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Harper's Secret Budget Cuts Undermine Canada's Democracy

(60) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 5:05 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 | 5:58 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 | 5:29 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

(11) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 6:07 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 | 1:48 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.

What...

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

(13) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 6:18 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 | 6:03 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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Harper is all Talk and No Action Against Putin

(21) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 6:21 PM

Stephen Harper likes to poke the bear a.k.a. Vladimir Putin.

The Canadian prime minister has slammed Putin's "expansionism and militarism" and called the Russian president a "throwback" to the evil mindset of the Soviet Union.

In terms of the words Mr. Harper uses, I appreciate his forthright condemnation of Putin's...

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Americans Are Alerted To Danger. Why Aren't Canadians?

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Everybody complains about Canadian weather, but at least we don't get hit by as many tornadoes as the Americans do. Which is perhaps why we're so much more complacent. They get about a thousand tornadoes a year; we get between 60 and 80.

Complacency often leads to vulnerability, and...

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Cameras Can Be a Cop's Best Friend

(8) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin, who is engaged in an investigation of use of force in the province, has in recent days been critical of Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.

Marin has two main beefs: the first that Bordeleau hasn't shown much interest in engaging in talks about how police...

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Canada's Ability to Defend Itself Might Be at Risk

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 5:45 PM

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, there are two beliefs that you probably hold to be true:

(a) That this government believes in a strong military;

(b) That it is a competent financial manager, prudently identifying the country's needs and spending wisely to meet those needs.

Polls...

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3 Things Government Should Insist On Before Giving Police Officers Tasers

(5) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 5:48 PM

The negative reaction among liberal-minded citizens to the news that the Ontario government will allow more front-line cops to use electroshock weapons was predictable. But if the government would take a few steps to improve the odds that these weapons will be properly used, even the most liberal-minded among us...

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Is Canada Being Polite Enough When it Comes to Espionage?

(13) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Canadians ought not to be wringing their hands at the news that our electronic eavesdropping agency is spying on the Brazilian mining industry. Espionage -- both for security and economic advantage -- is a fact of international life.

What Canadians should be anxious about is the lack of oversight of...

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Canada Must Strengthen Its Missile Defence

(52) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 9:17 AM

We Canadians have big neighbours, the Americans, with whom we share most of a continent. We help them defend it -- just look at the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), guarding both Americans and Canadians against manned bombing raids for more than half a century.

But we're not Washington's...

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Why Canada Can't Handle Disasters

(5) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 12:56 PM

One of the most frustrating characteristics of the Harper government is that it announces that it intends to take big steps forward on various issues of national importance, then takes furtive steps backward when nobody is looking.

Those of us disturbed about the state of the Canadian military have watched...

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America Has More Reasonable Drug Laws Than Canada: What the Hell?

(70) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 8:52 AM

It beats me why so many American conservatives have smartened up about when it makes sense to send people to jail when Canadian conservatives -- at least the ones who count -- clearly haven't.

It wasn't always this way. Back in 2002, when Canadian conservatives weren't afraid to call themselves...

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How Emergency Prepardness Died In Canada

(58) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 6:39 PM

When an 8-storey building collapsed in Bangladesh in April killing more than 1,100 garment workers, the rescue response was agonizingly slow.

Canadians watched their TV screens in disbelief as Bangladeshi friends and relatives struggled to move rubble in search of their loved ones - work that would have fallen into...

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Harper Plays Clever With Foreign Aid

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:24 PM

Canada, like all civilized countries, needs a stable world to nourish its prosperity and civility. International turmoil drains governments of opportunities to improve the lives of their citizens. This is why intelligent, prosperous governments invest in development in less fortunate parts of the world.

When I was chair of the...

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How a Union Could Save the RCMP

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 1:25 PM

I'm not exactly a "union man."

I grew up in an environment in which labour unions were regarded as impediments to getting things done. Unions make a big thing of solidarity. I'm more taken with independent thought.

That doesn't make me sound like I'm any...

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The RCMP Makes Women Its Enemy

(18) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 7:01 PM

By Colin Kenny

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews insists he wants more women in the RCMP. Why then, are government lawyers working so diligently to discourage female recruitment?

Last November the minister sent RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson a stern letter demanding the quick formulation of an action plan...

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