Saturday, July 4, 2015
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ECONOMY & INNOVATION
Productivity central to Canada's future well-being

Raising our productivity performance for a better economic future is not a quick-fix challenge. It will take much effort, including better understanding of why productivity performance is weak.


  
Premier Notley's challenge: take Alberta to its next stage of development, including a more sustainable energy industry

There are two big factors working against the oil sands that will curb future growth. One is economic, with the dramatic fall in oil prices making investment in new oil sands plants less attractive. The other is the urgent need to address climate change much more aggressively, which also puts future oil sands investments at risk.


  
We can and should act to avoid catastrophic climate change

'There is a pathway to better growth that is staring us in the face, but has yet to be set out by any of the major parties as a future direction for our country: to make Canada a nation leading the way to a truly low-carbon economy,' writes David Crane.


  
Canada making serious mistake believing future will be as energy superpower: Crane

We should be thinking much harder about alternative ways to grow our future economy for the jobs and wealth we’ll need to sustain a decent standard of living.


  
Climate change plan should be priority for political parties in 2015 election: Crane

All federal political parties face a spotlight glare on climate, says columnist David Crane. Which will be willing to offer real and clear choices on our energy-environment future, with credible policies to back their plans up?


  
Canada needs political leadership to fight climate change: Harper’s failing, Mulcair has outlines, Trudeau’s waffling

There is now no hope of meeting our international commitment to lower annual greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 by 17 per cent below the 2005 level.


  
If things are so good, why do Canadians feel so lousy?

It won’t be that easy moving us to stronger growth and job creation. But we surely should do everything we can to improve the life chances for all Canadians rather than resigning ourselves to slow growth and diminished expectations.


  
Federal government an extraordinarily secretive organization

If we are to have engaged public policy discussion that draws on the collective knowledge, experience and ideas of Canadians we should end up with better policies. This applies to almost every area of public policy.


  
Need for a fairer and more representative voting system won't go away

In Canada's recent federal election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was able to form a majority government with just under 40 per cent of the votes cast by Canadians. But is that fair?


  
Economy to grow, but in danger of being one with diminished expectations

Despite a focus on families, there is little discussion on how to counter the prospect of a decline in living standards and growing inequality.


  
Global competition for good jobs based on new ideas to become more intense as decade proceeds

Canada has to be ready. IRAP is one of the best vehicles we have to succeed in such a challenging world. Our future economy should be a top election issue.


  
Canada can't afford to sit back as other countries embrace technology, education and innovation

As it is, as a federal government discussion paper recently stated, 'there is some evidence to suggest that Canada is not well-positioned to be an innovation leader.' Another across-the-board corporate tax cut won't change that.


  
A more innovative economy would deliver more good jobs

But this is the issue that is largely missing from the Liberal economic strategy, yet it is central to our future.


  
Politicians should deal with climate change, create a stronger economy

If we are looking for economic stimulus to drive innovation and create new jobs, then launching a transformative shift to a low-carbon economy may be our best hope.


  
Innovation means embracing digital economy

But it also means ensuring that existing industries have the tools and people to become more innovative. It also means making the public sector more innovative.


  
We're laggards when it comes to new digital economy, despite doing many things right

We are not training the thousands of skilled people we will need for success. We are not digitizing our vast collections of cultural material. Our financial structure is failing to provide the risk capital innovators need to start new businesses.


  
Time for a strong minister of public health

Now there is a great need to promote exercise and healthy diet, including tough regulation of sugar and sodium content and requirements for public disclosure of sugar and salt content by fast-food restaurants.


  
Feds and Liberals should be offering more options to face challenges of an aging Canada

Kevin Page was right to point out the folly of ignoring the challenge, or delaying action for long, what he largely ignored was the potential for initiatives that could do much to mitigate the pessimistic forecasts of an aging society


  
Time for an Innovation Canada Department, a ministry of the future

One of the biggest issues we face is how to build a much more innovative economy that can meet the challenges of 21st century global competition and sustain a high and sustainable quality of life with good jobs. Canada has to get cracking.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

Photo courtesy of Twitter

On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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