Martha Hall Findlay
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Martha Hall Findlay, former Member of Parliament, is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, and Chief Legal Officer at EnStream, the mobile payments joint venture owned by Bell Mobility, Rogers and TELUS.

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Don't Forget Those Who Fought So We Could Call This Country Home

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:33 PM

All my life, I thought I was a proud, and grateful, Canadian.

There is, after all, so much to be proud of. We live in a wonderful country.

There is also much to be grateful for, because we didn't get to where we are by accident. We owe a great...

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Forcing Liberals to Vote Pro-Choice Is a Step Too Far, Justin

(89) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 8:22 AM

Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, has announced that anyone who wants to be a candidate for the LPC must commit to voting in favour of pro-choice, if and when it comes to proposed measures on abortion.

This is a step too far.

For the record, I...

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Thank You Jim, For Your Friendship and Your Service

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Jim will be missed by a great many people. First and foremost, our deep condolences go to his family and close friends -- he was taken far too soon.

He will be missed by the legions of other friends that he developed over the years.

And he will be missed...

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My Dad Didn't Talk About the War, So Here's How I Learned His Story

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:36 PM

As the last of the Canadian solders return from Afghanistan, personal stories from another war combined recently.

This is a story about war, and certain Canadians who fought in World War II.

Recent events have prompted a whole series of emotions for me, my family and people close to...

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Spin Overtakes Best of Trudeau's Attempt at Senate Reform

(6) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Despite what may be the best of intentions, Justin Trudeau has not reformed the Senate.

It's hard to see how turning 32 "Liberal senators" into 32 "Senate Liberals" (as they are now called) really changes much.

The irony is that by promoting the view that simply changing the label...

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Propaganda Won't Solve Our Cellphone Problems

(21) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Who knew the normally rather staid Canadian telecom world could provide such entertainment? This summer we witnessed heated rhetoric, political populism, multi-million dollar ad campaigns and a good dose of patriotic flag waving, all over whether Verizon, a big U.S. telecom company, should be "allowed" to come into the Canadian...

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Needed: Strong and Courageous Leadership

(7) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 6:50 AM

To mark the official start of the federal Liberal leadership race, The Huffington Post Canada asked all the declared candidates to tell us, in their words, why they decided to run. Martha Hall Findlay, a former Toronto Member of Parliament, announced her bid for the Liberal leadership on October 14,...

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For Seniors, this Budget Falls Short on Austerity AND Prosperity

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 5:54 PM

First, the Harper government lied. Before we get to the actual economics, there is a fundamental issue of integrity and keeping promises. Harper, once again, has failed on this score. Whether I agreed with him at the time or not, Harper promised that he wouldn't touch pensions or...

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Liberal Convention Diary: Wrap-up

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 4:35 PM

After some much-needed sleep, I can now comment on the extraordinary things that happened this weekend at the Liberal Convention.

One, the hugely positive buzz of a political party bent on renewal, and the buzz from the results of votes on policy and on people that contributed to that sense...

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Diary From the Liberal Convention -- What an Atmosphere!

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2012 | 9:20 PM

I had the pleasure of moderating one of the sessions this morning: "Democracy and Good Governance." The caucus representative was Stéphane Dion. The panelists were David Eaves, public policy expert and fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Queen's University, and Maryantonett Flumian, president of the Institute on...

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Liberal Convention Diary: Day Three

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2012 | 12:02 PM

Last night we heard speeches from various luminaries, including Jim Watson, mayor of Ottawa, then Dalton McGuinty, premier of Ontario started the evening off. Among many good lines from the premier's speech, here was my favourite: "To those who would have us merge with another party, get behind us --...

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Liberal Convention Diary: Day Two

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 4:12 PM

I gave a speech to the gathering of young liberals this morning. It was a great turnout. I stressed the importance of thinking not of "left," nor "right" but the need to go forward; applauding the fact that some young liberals are running for positions that are NOT just "young...

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Liberal Convention Diary: Day One

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 5:26 PM

Goodness, what Liberals will do for the cause :-).

I've just arrived in Ottawa after what became an almost 6-hour drive from Toronto, through -- yes -- rain, sleet AND snow. But it's worth it -- I am very much looking forward to this Liberal Biennial Convention. There are...

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The Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? The Arab Spring

(3) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 9:20 AM

My choice for the biggest story is one that's not actually over. Indeed, it may only be beginning. It is still unfolding, and the continuing repercussions, related events, and challenges are themselves part of what make it such an important story.

Call it the Arab Spring, the Arab Awakening,...

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Tough on Crime, Facts Be Damned

(24) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 5:13 PM

No wonder the Harper government has it in for Statistics Canada -- they keep coming out with really inconvenient statistics.

Why else would they have eliminated the mandatory long-form census last year, despite the uproar from virtually every person and every organization across the country regardless of political stripe --...

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Who Wins With a NDP-Liberal Merger? Stephen Harper

(7) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 11:14 PM

Proponents of a merger between the NDP and the Liberal party rely on a flawed assumption that, somehow, all the people who voted for one or the other would simply join forces and vote for a single merged party. On the contrary, a merged New Democratic-Liberal party could encourage even...

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