Colin Kenny entered the Senate on June 29th, 1984. Throughout his career he has focused on a wide range of issues including; banking, trade and commerce, energy, tobacco control, and alternative fuels. He was the inaugural Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, serving from 2001-2009.
It's not difficult to imagine how an alert on your cellphone in a time of emergency could save you, your family and friends or even total strangers.
A 2017 survey dealing with pay ranked the RCMP 72nd out of 82 police services in Canada. Pay discrepancies are having a huge impact on both morale and recruiting. But compensation isn't the only problem plaguing the RCMP. Long back up times are a huge health and safety issue.
04/06/2017 05:00 EDT
The tone of the questioning can range from being sympathetic to hostile to anything in between. This is why the PM's town hall tour raised so many eyebrows. In an age when a viral social media post can derail a career, most politicians avoid these sorts of high-wire acts like the plague.
02/28/2017 05:17 EST
In re-opening NAFTA, President Trump runs the risk of falling into the same kind of black hole created by Smoot-Hawley 87 years ago. Millions of Americans eventually lost everything after having been sucked in by their government's predictions of prosperity -- much in the same way as they are being sucked in today.
02/24/2017 10:57 EST
It's not every day that you see a politician make a policy decision that snubs thousands of community leaders in favour of a program that honours a handful of celebrities and elites. But it seems that's exactly what the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly has done.
01/26/2017 03:29 EST
If you've flown anywhere in Canada recently, there's a good chance you've had to deal with the headache of longer than normal wait times at security screening. You also wouldn't be wrong in thinking wait times are getting worse. The worst part is that air travellers are paying for better service -- they just aren't getting it.
10/27/2016 12:05 EDT
Amongst our generals and military advisers there is a consensus that we need a new fighter-bomber to provide these functions for Canada. But amongst the chattering classes there is a virtual free-for-all about not just which aircraft should be purchased, but how we should go about getting one.
10/03/2016 10:43 EDT
Since the government took office last December, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan has spent much of his time musing about Canada's military role in Iraq, the CF-18 replacements, and a future role in peacekeeping operations. As important as these issues are, the minister would be wise to spend some time on another file that is need of his attention: search and rescue.
08/22/2016 01:12 EDT
There are a number of concrete steps the government should take to address the gap in national security accountability. Chief among those are improving the integrity of the application process for national security warrants, re-establishing the Office of the Inspector General of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and expanding the Security Intelligence Review Committee's (SIRC) size, capabilities and mandate.
03/11/2015 05:22 EDT
No matter how you slice it, Harper has failed to lead Canada towards a sustained economic recovery from the financial crisis seven years ago. It doesn't matter how much public money he spends on ads claiming otherwise. Facts are facts. So, what does a government facing re-election do when its top agenda item, economic management, is in tatters? It changes the channel to something else.
02/18/2015 06:01 EST
One promising means of addressing the gap in national security review would be to vest Parliament with some of that responsibility. Canada holds the shameful distinction of being the only country among the Five Eyes, the international intelligence partnership that includes the U.K. and U.S., without some form of intelligence review by its legislative body. This needs to change. But that alone won't fix everything. The U.S. has legislative oversight mechanisms in place and yet couldn't avoid scandals around torture.
02/03/2015 05:12 EST
The two terrorist attacks in October and the Charlie Hebdo incident in Paris have created a climate of fear in Canada around terrorism. In order to assuage these concerns, the government recently announced its intention to introduce further anti-terrorism legislation. But there are two ways to stop terrorism: you can create new laws and you can also provide adequate funding. While choosing the former option may create the illusion that Harper is tough on terrorism, it's in the latter area that our national security agencies are in greatest need.
01/25/2015 11:13 EST
As much as I wish the festive season was all eggnog and Christmas carols, the fact of the matter is the holidays have some drawbacks. Top among these is the stress of travelling during the busiest time of the year, which is made even worse by Canada's half-baked airport security system.
12/31/2014 05:35 EST
The two terrorist attacks in October and the participation of over 130 Canadian citizens in the Islamic State's military campaign make it clear a growing number of our compatriots are edging towards violent extremism. Experts involved in national security have arrived at a consensus that the following traits are an indication that someone is becoming radicalized.
12/22/2014 12:42 EST
When a government underspends to the extent we are seeing with the Harper government, the estimates become unreliable. Parliamentarians aren't able to find out how much the government is actually spending until months after the end of the fiscal year. As a result, they can't inform the public about what programs and services have been diminished in time to make a difference. The way the underspending scheme stifles debate reminds me of the Harper government's omnibus legislation, except it's even worse.
12/01/2014 05:05 EST
The government's own National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy has stated that a vibrant shipbuilding sector is strategically important for Canada. But with the number of ships being continuously eroded, the shipyards involved may be out of work far sooner than expected.
11/19/2014 05:59 EST
The Chinese have been pushed around a lot over the years, most notably by Britain, Japan and the United States. That isn't likely to continue as China develops. Middleweights can put on a lot of muscle in a hurry when they have money, determination and technical skills. China has all three in spades.
11/18/2014 05:29 EST
In light of the tragic events in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the Harper government is looking to increase the powers of our national security agencies to combat terrorism. But the greatest challenge facing our security officials isn't a lack of powers. They already have plenty of them. The problem is a lack of funding. For years now, the Harper government has been cutting the national security budget and we're only now beginning to see the consequences in a striking way. With our vulnerability to terrorism just recently highlighted, the prime minister has placed our national security officials in a precarious situation.
11/14/2014 06:07 EST
Stephen Harper is known as a free market enthusiast who believes that unfettered competition is vital to any country's economic well-being. Yet the federal government continues to force Canadian families to squander in excess of $275 per family per year to protect the lucrative Canadian dairy and poultry industries. What gives?This system isn't supporting thousands of small Canadian farmers. It's supporting a small group of agricultural industrialists who are inhaling money at Canadian consumers' expense.
09/04/2014 12:48 EDT
China has quietly developed the world's first land-based missile system -- Dong Feng 21Ds -- capable of sinking aircraft carriers from a long way off: to wit, more than 1,500 kilometers, or a bit more than the distance between Winnipeg and Vancouver. That's a long way out into the East and South China Seas.
08/29/2014 05:18 EDT
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