David McLaughlin
David McLaughlin has over 25 years of political and public policy experience at both the federal and provincial levels. He has served as Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Premier Bernard Lord, and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. A deputy minister of policy and planning and intergovernmental affairs in New Brunswick, David was the last President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.

Entries by David McLaughlin

How Harper Should Speak About Climate Change

(12) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:43 AM

When it comes to tackling climate change, Canada has mostly avoided any semblance of a frank debate on why this matters and how best this should be done.

That changed last week, sort of.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper used the occasion of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's visit...

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Jim Prentice's Second Chance to Make A First Impression

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 11:42 AM

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" is one saying that does not always apply in politics. Political careers are replete with second and even third impressions that salvaged reputations. Prime Minister Stephen Harper did it. Justin Trudeau and Tim Hudak are working on it, and...

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Why a Non-Voter Is Likely To Become a Habitual Non-Voter

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 5:31 PM

The following is my statement on March 31st to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedures and House Affairs studying C-23, the Fair Elections Act.

Thank you for the invitation to appear before you tonight. It is a privilege to be here.

I want to congratulate you on both...

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The Environment's Worst Enemy? Energy Companies AND Environmentalists

(78) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 7:16 PM

In my first week in 2007 as the newly-minted President and CEO of the former National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, I sat for breakfast in Toronto with a leading environmental advocate. Over bacon and eggs at the local diner across from his office, I asked why...

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Mr. Trudeau's Summer Coup

(15) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 7:26 AM

Perception is politics, goes one well-worn saying. But winning in campaigns is more about position -- where you are relative to "the other guy." And position drives perception. Before and during that campaign.

Evidence of this adage occurred this summer. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau overtook the formal Leader of the...

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The Real Senate Reform That Will Never Be

(17) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 3:49 PM

The casual tribalism emanating from all sides these days on reforming the most egregiously useless of Canadian institutions -- the Senate -- reinforces what all in Ottawa really know: nothing will actually happen.

Why? Because any serious attempt to do so will fall victim to political and regional fault...

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B.C. Election Means More Environmental Strife

(3) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:30 PM

British Columbia had all the makings of Canada's "environmental election." Pipelines and tankers, forests and coastlines, oil and gas, dominated much of the political debate and news coverage.

But in the end, pro-development Christy Clark won; pro-environment Adrian Dix lost. On the 'left coast' known for David Suzuki and...

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Why Austerity Matters to Canada

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 12:02 PM

Hard times, it seems, has fallen on hard times.

Austerity is increasingly under attack worldwide as correct economic policy in the face of a stagnant recovery and ominous job pictures in a number of countries.

The Great American Sequester was the most visible of world-view clashes between cutting and...

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Pipeline Parallels Between Ottawa and the U.S. Point the Way

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Will he or won't he?

This week, the Keystone XL guessing game took another twist, scrambling the odds on whether U.S. President Barack Obama will ultimately approve the project.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finding on Monday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline posed significant environmental risks...

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Canadians Have Never Been Margaret Thatcher Conservatives

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 11:12 AM

I won't forget where I was when Margaret Thatcher passed from the scene. Not when she died, but when her Conservative Party kicked her out and she retired from active British politics. For that was her political death, an "assassination" she called it. She wasn't wrong; and it played out...

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