Government of Canada

Think Long Term on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Matt Grant | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Alberta
Matt Grant

The government created major problems for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program when it began to loosen the rules in 2006; it created an approval process with little oversight that largely amounted to rubber stamping applications, which has directly led to Canadians losing their jobs to temporary foreign workers.

Corporate Gender Quotas Will Not Fix Sexism

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Living
Kathryn Marshall

Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette is proposing a private member's bill that will institute a quota system that will mandate that 40 per cent of all corporate board members must be female. Gender quotas result in good numbers on paper, but that's about all they do for the advancement of women. In reality, gender quotas simply reinforce tokenism and push the sexist belief that women somehow aren't "good enough" to earn power on their own.

Extending the Powerful Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Canada

Joseph Soares | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Business
Joseph Soares

Since their overall objective should be to find ways to deliver better services more efficiently to Canadians, and given their remarkable record of success, shouldn't Canada forge ahead with a stronger agenda for more Private-Public Partnerships?

It's Time Canada Gets a High-Speed Rail

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

When was the last time you heard Canada's Federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt mention the words "high-speed rail" or its commonly used acronym "HSR," in any public speech or announcement? Think hard, and keep thinking, but don't hold your breath while you think.

An RCMP Report Won't End Violence Against Aboriginal Women

Robyn Bourgeois | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Robyn Bourgeois

On May 16, 2014, the RCMP released their National Operational Review on missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. Importantly, while this report gives us a good picture of the scope of the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women, it fails to address some important issues that could help Canada meaningfully address this violence. Here, I want to outline some of these failings as a means of provoking critical reflection on the RCMP's response and to contribute to ongoing discussion about how to end this violence.

Canadians Have a Bright Future In Innovative Healthcare

Russell Williams | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Russell Williams

While the international competition in research and development is formidable, anybody who gets to work with our young people knows that Canada's future is bright. They continue to rank globally at or near the top in math and literacy skills and our 15 year olds just ranked first in problem solving.

5 Suggestions for the Next Liberal Platform

Steve Lafleur | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

Justin Trudeau claimed the Liberal Party of Canada leadership in a resounding victory, and if we believe the polls, Canadians are open to supporting their Liberal candidates in the next election. However, there is a lot of work to be done if the Liberals want more than just a temporary splash in the polls.

Harper Government Centralizing, Slashing Federal Web Info

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 05.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Scheduled to roll out at the end of this month, the federal government's Web Renewal Action! Plan will change how government information is posted and archived online, and not for the better. It clearly outlines the intention to drastically cut the number of government websites available to Canadians. Even more worrisome is the fact it's also contemplating preserving only that which receives a suitable number of clicks. Because everyone knows the most important information is always the most popular.

National Inquiry On Missing, Murdered Women Not Best Answer

Robyn Bourgeois | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Robyn Bourgeois

Waiting for the Canadian state to do something about violence is literally killing us, so I am not interested in participating in any delaying tactics or knowledge gathering for a state that clearly isn't listening. I want meaningful change and I want it now, and I don't think that's too much to ask for. Because my life and the lives of all women and girls are worth more than this.

Who Cares About Veterans? Not Minister Blaney

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

In June 2011, shortly after Steven Blaney was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs, Cpl Fabien Melanson, a vet, stopped eating to protest years of neglect by VAC. But the Minister, it seems, felt no responsibility. He did not speak to the veteran. And he still hasn't. Blaney has willfully neglected his duties. If he will not rectify that, then he should resign.

Taking Action Against Diabetes

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 04.21.2012 | Canada
Joy Smith, M.P.

We all know someone in our family who has diabetes, and this support will help those we hold dear. That's why we are working with key organizations and stakeholders to help prevent diabetes, and to improve the lives of those who have or who may develop diabetes.