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An Open Letter To The New Independent Senators

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

As senator, you will be entering in a whole new phase of your life. As a newcomer, you have a freedom of thought and a creativity which will invariably be constrained once you will have internalized the Senate's culture. Use this limited time wisely.

Dear Premier Notley: Alberta Workers Need Jobs Not Pipelines

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Business
Mike Hudema

Raising the minimum wage, diversifying Alberta's economy and supporting working people have my full support, but I'm sorry Premier Notley, I just can't get behind you on pipelines. New pipelines aren't good for the environment, they aren't good for the climate, and I'm sorry, but they aren't good for working people or good governance, either.

3 Ways Politics Mattered This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2016 | Canada Politics

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

The NDP Is Heading To Edmonton Looking For A Way Out

Jeff Paterson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

This weekend, the NDP is meeting in Edmonton to decide their direction moving forward. Eugene Levy once complained about filming a season of SCTV in Edmonton because "It's Edmonton." While I'm sure it's a great city, this is a party who is dreading at the Big E. The election of the past year saw an early lead blown, notable key members of the party lose their seats in the House of Commons, and a third place finish for Tom Mulcair's rookie federal election run. As the NDP head to the Gateway to the North, it's time to begin paving the highway towards the future.

Government Inaction On Seal Hunt Threatens Both Seals And Sealers

Sheryl Fink | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

Despite tens of millions of dollars in government support, the hunt is at one of its lowest points in history. Processors have relied heavily on government loans in recent years in order to purchase sealskins, but with 35 countries now banning the import of seal products few commercial markets remain.

The Federal Budget Offers Opportunities For Meaningful Change

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

There has been a historic allocation of funding at levels the previous government did not have the courage or desire to put forward. Monies have been directed to the inequality of education on reserves, to housing, to an Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Women and Girls, to Child Welfare, and a number of other critical areas.

Parliament, There Is No Life Like It

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

With Easter weekend behind us, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter especially all of those hard-working back-bench Members of Parliament and ministers and of course the prime minister too. Then again "hard-working" might not be an accurate description of our elected representatives.

3 Ways Politics Touched Us This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2016 | Canada Politics

But New York was more than foreign policy pitches and pictures. And the Senate new appointments — especially to the economic advisory body — are worth watching closely for the advice they give.

Last Month We Passed The Climate 'Red Line'

Mike Hudema | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Two degrees is the absolute red line that scientists say the world must not pass if we are to have any chance of stopping a growing climate crisis before it spins beyond our control. The 2-degree mark was only breached temporarily but it is a worrying sign that everyone, especially our elected leaders, need to pay attention to.

Here's An Entirely Legitimate Exit Strategy On The Saudi Arms Deal

Cesar Jaramillo | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Cesar Jaramillo

Questions about the dubious eligibility of Saudi Arabia as a recipient of Canadian-made military equipment have been raised for over two years. Yet two successive governments have failed to address the most basic question: how can the authorization of this deal be consistent with the human-rights safeguards of Canadian export controls?

Why I Would Make A Great Senator

David Martin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Dear Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments: I hear that you're looking for a few good men (and women, too, of course) to quickly fill five Senate seats from the provinces with the most vacancies, namely Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Luckily for you folks, I'm available right now.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier And Canada's Sunny And Not So Sunny Ways

Jack Jedwab | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

From the late 19th century on, Laurier's sunny ways emerged as a euphemism for finding the political middle ground or compromise when addressing complex issues. The specific compromise in question was on the thorny issue of Catholic and French language education in Manitoba.

We Are Looking Forward, To Build A Better Public Service

Scott Brison | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Scott Brison

This generation is among the most talented, educated and globally connected ever. While some of the experiences and expectations of these young people are unique to their cohort, they have much in common with Canadian workers of all ages and backgrounds: they are looking for a way to make a difference -- be it at the local, national, or global level. The federal public service must innovate to attract more young people. We need less rigid hierarchies, fewer layers of bureaucracy, more open and transparent decision making, a culture of intelligent risk taking, more opportunity for continuous learning, and greater mobility in and out of government.

The Conservatives' Rhetoric On Pipelines Is A Blast From The Past

Greg MacNeil | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Greg MacNeil

Rather than engaging in a robust post-election rebuilding process and seeking to broaden its base, the Conservative party has decided to retreat into their comfort zone of regional grievance politics. Under the leadership of Rona Ambrose, the Conservatives appear to be abandoning any attempt to repair the national coalition that swept them to power in 2006. Indeed, today they look more like the Canadian Alliance of the early 2000s than the governing Conservatives of the last 10 years. The latest and most obvious example of this is the party's recent opposition day motion on the Energy East pipeline.

Trudeau Shows Worrying Disregard For Canada's Economic Diversity

Erin O'Toole | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

The role of the Canadian government in both the short and long term should be to embrace and foster the growth of all parts of our diverse economy. The government should certainly not champion some sectors and demoralize others. Sadly, we have already started to see that approach by the Trudeau government.

How Notley And Wynne Can Change Canada's Energy Future

Mike Hudema | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

Rather then talking about increasing the damage for short-term gain, Premier Wynne and Notley should be talking about how they can create jobs by collaborating on solutions. Solutions that keep carbon in the ground, create jobs, and that could benefit everyone from coast to coast to coast for generations to come. Let's make the discussion about creating good green jobs, healthy communities, and clean, renewable solutions that allow everyone to participate and benefit. It's time for Canada to build its clean energy dream not expand its tarsands nightmare.

Bill C-51: We Don't Have To Choose Between Security And Civil Liberties

Jennifer Hollett | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Hollett

Bill C-51 is simply unCanadian: it's vague legislation that violates the human rights and freedoms which define us as a country. The Liberal government has committed to rewrite what they describe as "problematic elements" of Bill C-51 and introduce new legislation that strengthens accountability in regards to national security, balancing this with rights and freedoms.

At Least An O'Leary Conservative Leadership Would Be Honest

Jerry Dias | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

That a man like Kevin O'Leary, famous for his nasty turn on the CBC's Dragon's Den TV show, would consider himself a good candidate to lead the Conservatives exposes what the right wing in this country is truly all about. He as leader would at least be an honest admission by the right about their true values.

Looking Ahead At The Conservatives In 2016

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

The Conservatives Party of Canada begins 2016 in a very different place from where they have been for the last 10 years. Defeats are never fun, but they offer the Conservatives a chance to rejuvenate, rebuild and rededicate themselves to promoting Canadian Conservative values.

A Conservative Plan To Revive Canadian Civil Society

Sean Speer | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

A fresh start begins with a refreshed agenda and here's where conservatives ought to focus their attention in 2016. The role of civil society is too often ignored or undermined by public policy. The expansion of the state in the second half of the 20th century came largely at the expense of civil society. Leviathan grew and civil society contracted.

Looking Ahead At The Liberals In 2016

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

So far Trudeau has set a new tone and the media are still wrapped up in the photo ops. But it is substance that he has to worry about and as the year progresses Canadians will have different markers to measure him against -- broken promises being one of them.

Excessive Spending Will Not Lead To Sunny Ways

Erin O'Toole | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

Sunny ways leadership is about setting priorities and convincing citizens about the need for these priorities to ensure we have a bright future. It is about being honest with people and at times making difficult choices and explaining why you have to make them. Being all things to all people is not sunny ways leadership, nor is simply doubling or adding a zero to the investments of your predecessor. That appears to be the central hallmark of the new government. Spending is already wildly out of control.

Experts Are Ready To Resolve C-51 And End Surveillance Culture

Kris Constable | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Kris Constable

In the midst of the honeymoon period of the new Justin Trudeau Liberal government, we're seeing positive changes in a lot of the top areas that resonate with Canadians. However, we've still not heard anything about resolving Bill C-51, one of the top political issues in Canada this year.

Organized Crime Profits Off Ontario's Illegal Tobacco Problem

Gary Grant | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Gary Grant

Ontario's economy may be sluggish, but the black market for illegal cigarettes is thriving. The rising sale of contraband tobacco has reached a critical level -- in fact, the province has the worst illegal cigarette problem in Canada by far.

The New Parliamentary Secretary Roles Are A Welcomed Change

Peter Landry | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

rime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement that his parliamentary secretaries will be given real responsibilities -- including on policy matters central to the government's agenda -- is welcome news. It is also good management. Smart parliamentary secretaries will use the opportunity to dig in and deliver results that will get noticed.