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Ralph Goodale

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness


What I Would Do to Make Canada's Democracy Stronger

To fix the malaise eroding our democracy, Canadians need a rich combination of party, electoral and Parliamentary reforms. Here are a few suggestions to contribute to a debate on this topic which I hope will become irresistible.
02/08/2013 12:23 EST

Harper's Strategy For Winning? Manipulating the Election Map

A big majority of Saskatchewan people are already urban-dwellers, with fully 40 per cent of our population now living in our two biggest cities of Saskatoon and Regina alone. And yet this province does not have a single urban MP. Not one! Surely that's a distortion that needs to be remedied. But the Harper Conservatives hate the new map -- precisely because it's not rigged in their favour.
02/01/2013 11:22 EST

The Problem With Political Polarization

MPs watched in disbelief last Wednesday as Conservative House Leader Peter Van Loan faced-off against his NDP counterpart, Nathan Cullen, and Party Leader Thomas Mulcair. The altercation followed a fairly minor procedural argument. But it reflects a deeper problem. Since the last election, both the Conservatives and the NDP have pursued a strategy of partisan polarization.
12/09/2012 12:09 EST

What Harper Could Do With the Budget -- But Isn't

The Harper Conservatives will force another odious "Omnibus Budget Bill" through the House of Commons this week. For all the verbiage in this budget legislation, the Conservatives are doing little of consequence to deliver what Canadians really need -- i.e., more economic growth and less inequality.
12/04/2012 05:44 EST

What the Omnibus Bill and XL Foods Have in Common

The Harper Conservatives are ramming another "omnibus" budget Bill (C-45) through Parliament. Coupled with "closure" to kill debate, it's all designed to be so humongous, convoluted and fast that no Parliament could possibly scrutinize the details and expose all the mistakes. (Sort of like the inspection system the Conservatives are responsible for at XL Foods -- a lot of contamination got through.)
10/29/2012 12:23 EDT