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New Education Fund Invests In Saskatchewan's Young People

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 1:05 PM

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The University of Saskatchewan.

There were a lot of smiling faces last Friday among students, faculty and administrators at our two universities in Saskatchewan and at several other institutions of higher learning in this province. Joining them were mayors and councillors, MLAs...

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Working Toward A Better, Fairer Immigration Detention System

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 3:14 PM

Every day at 117 land ports of entry, 13 international airports and 27 rail sites, officers of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) deal with more than a quarter of a million travellers seeking to come into this country - Canadians returning home, Americans and others coming here to do...

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Liberals' Promise Of 'Real Change' Gets Off To A Good Start

(77) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 5:47 PM

On October 19th, 2015, Canadians voted to change their government. Prime Minister Trudeau has been in office now for about eight months. The first sitting of Parliament has wrapped up. As MPs head back to their ridings for the summer, this is a good time to assess how real change...

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We Have Advanced Key Commitments On National Security

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 3:52 PM

  • A National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians

  • A new legal framework for preclearance of travellers to the USA

  • A system to collect basic information when people leave Canada

As the House of Commons finished its spring sitting last week, the Government of Canada introduced...

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Fixing Canada's National Security Framework

(5) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 2:33 PM

Before Standing Committees of both the House of Commons and the Senate last week, I described the federal government's agenda in the weeks ahead on national security. Two critical imperatives, which must be accomplished in lock-step together, are woven through all of our security initiatives.

First, we need to be...

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A Better Border Is More Prosperous, More Efficient And More Secure

(4) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 10:32 AM

Justin Trudeau's government made significant progress last week in bolstering Canada's vital relationship with the United States.

Managing that relationship successfully is every prime minister's largest foreign policy obligation. It had frayed in recent years and needed fresh attention. Hard work through our first four months in office helped...

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Why the Liberal's Fiscal Plan is the Most Sound

(16) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 8:01 AM

With almost all of our 2015 election commitments now in the public domain, the Liberal Party published on Saturday the fiscal plan that will guide the implementation of our platform over the next four years.

It has been well received, earning positive feedback from both UBC Economics professor...

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The NDP Has the Same Priority as the Conservatives -- Balance the Budget

(13) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 12:35 PM

According to Thomas Mulcair, last week was supposed to be when the NDP would nail down the fiscal framework around their campaign platform. It turned into a train wreck -- three big things went wrong.

First, their numbers don't account for everything they've promised. Big things like infrastructure,...

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Trudeau's Pro-Growth Platform Is All About Jobs

(47) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 6:25 PM

With a strong plan to invest in jobs and economic growth, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has boldly distinguished himself from both Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair.

Canada is on the brink of a second recession under Mr. Harper. His growth record is the worst of any Prime Minister...

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Harper's Economic Record Is Sub-Mediocre

(117) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 6:12 PM

On Stephen Harper's watch, Canada has suffered through two recessions. He failed to anticipate either one.

Before the first one (which began in late 2008), Mr. Harper's management was reckless. He ignored warnings about housing bubbles and banking weaknesses in the United States. He overspent by...

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Mr. Harper's Feeble Leadership Has Resulted in a Feeble Economy

(50) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Listening to Stephen Harper talk about the economy, you get the distinct impression that someone else entirely must have been running the country for the past 10 years.

Since 2006, Canada has been stuck with the weakest economic growth record in eight decades. Most recently, our GDP has actually been...

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93 Per Cent of Canadians Get Nothing from Doubling TFSA Limits

(94) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:49 PM

At a time when the Canadian economy is sputtering -- with virtually no growth, weak job creation, poor job quality, large trade deficits, record household debt, and low confidence levels -- governments need to be careful in their policy choices.

What will best drive jobs and growth, and provide the...

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The Harper Government Has Failed to Walk the Talk on Public Safety

(41) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:41 PM

As Stephen Harper's government fills the airwaves with messages of fear, war and terror -- talking about anything but the faltering Canadian economy -- it's important to ask if Conservatives are putting their money where their mouth is.

Given all of Harper's heated rhetoric, you would think that agencies responsible...

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After 50 Years of the Canada Pension Plan We've Run Off Course

(25) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Lester Pearson was a remarkable Canadian. We first came to know him as a proficient global statesman, skilled in the diplomacy of multilateralism. He assisted at the birth of the United Nations, invented the concept of peace-keeping, and won the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1963, he became Prime Minister of...

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Temper Tantrums in Question Period

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Last week, Social Development Minister Candice Bergen went off on a flight of fancy with false accusations about the economic record of previous Liberal governments. She was wrong about transfer payments, wrong about deficits, wrong about taxes and wrong about services.

I wondered at the time how she could be...

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Harper's Made a Mess of Our Economy, But It's No Crisis

(94) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 4:53 PM

To reinforce his obvious campaign themes about fear and insecurity, Stephen Harper has taken to describing Canada's current economic situation as a "crisis."

If that's his pitch, one should ask under whose watch did this so-called "crisis" develop? And why is Canada so vulnerable -- after more than nine years...

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Harper Should Not Brag About His Fiscal Reputation

(116) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 11:35 AM

With Canada's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) actually shrinking and despite having the worst economic growth record of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett, Stephen Harper seems keen to brag about the fiscal reputation of his Conservative Party. Well, let's take a close look.

To begin with, here's an interesting question:...

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Why Are Harper and the Bank of Canada Following Contradictory Strategies?

(27) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:37 AM

Stephen Harper's vaunted "management" of the Canadian economy is bedevilled by serious contradictions and mediocre results.

Mr. Harper once spoke enthusiastically, at home and abroad, about the central importance of Canada's energy sector. We are a global superpower in oil and gas, he said. And he looked to that one...

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Harper's Budget Delay Shows Fear and Incompetence

(107) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 4:18 PM

Sharply dropping oil prices and a weakened Canadian energy sector are revealing the limited, ineffectual nature of Stephen Harper's economic policies. Those policies, focused almost exclusively on that one sector, are too narrow. They have rendered Canadians more vulnerable and less resilient. And his government seems out of gas.


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Will Erin O'Toole Be More Like Robert Borden or Stephen Harper?

(11) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 4:19 PM

It's good that Julian Fantino has been fired from the Veterans Affairs post in the federal Cabinet. His toxic mix of incompetence and insensitivity were a profound affront to Canada's veterans. Not much is known yet about his successor, Ontario MP Erin O'Toole. He's clearly a better communicator than Fantino,...

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