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The Honourable John McKay P.C., M.P. is the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Scarborough—Guildwood in Ontario. A native of Scarborough, he was first elected in 1997 and has been subsequently re-elected five times. Between 2003 and 2006 he served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, helping to oversee the tabling of two consecutive balanced budgets. From 2011-2013 he served as the Critic for Defence for the Liberal Party of Canada, now serving as the Party’s Environment Critic.

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Why the 2014 Economic Action Plan is Not a 'Do-Nothing' Budget

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 5:01 PM

I am hearing a lot of commentary on Minister Flaherty's latest budget from the opposition and Canadian pundits alike. Many are calling the Economic Action Plan 2014 a "do-nothing budget." If this were, indeed, a do-nothing budget, it may be more desirable than the previous eight do-something budgets, considering that...

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Climate Change Reveals Cracks in Conservative Caucus

(4) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 3:53 PM

I suppose it would have been naïve of Mr. Harper to think that his Conservative-Reform-Alliance-Party Coalition would survive a decade of individual suppression and message control. The cracks have shown in the past, but were hastily and quietly covered over with the aid of Question Period spinmeisters like Paul Calandra...

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Budgeting By Stealth

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 11:36 AM

The Conservative Government seems to have a problem with stealth. Not so long ago, Mr. Harper fought an election over the F-35 stealth fighter. The Conservatives won, the jet has dropped off the government's agenda and the rest is history. Up until then, it was said to be the most...

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Harper "Couldn't Care Less" About the Environment

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 11:42 AM

The Commissioner for the Environment has given irrefutable proof of the old adage that "in this world you get what you pay for." In his latest report, Interim Commissioner Neil Maxwell, who is the principle auditor for Environment Canada and its subsidiaries including Parks Canada, pointed out the yawning gap...

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Mother Nature Is Unimpressed by PM's Speech from the Throne

(6) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 5:13 PM

The Environment got "lucky" in the 2013 Speech from the Throne (SFT): it was mentioned twice. Mother Nature must be impressed. In the section entitled "Resource Development," the environment gets a look in: "Our Government believes, and Canadians expect, that resource development must respect the environment. Our Government's plan for...

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Harper's 5 Stages of Grief Over Climate Change

(17) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 9:28 AM

The IPCC published an intensely detailed report on climate change last week. Even the 36 page executive summary is packed with detail, graphs and data all of which drives any reasonable person to the conclusion that climate change is real and largely driven by human activity. Consider its first conclusion:...

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Harper Blames Canada's Climate Woes on...Wilfrid Laurier?

(46) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 5:33 PM

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 2,000-page Fifth Assessment Report, a document updated every six years which is a collaborative effort by the world's leading scientists. The executive summary alone is 36 pages and is filled with dense data analysis to substantiate their conclusions. It...

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