Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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ECONOMY & INNOVATION
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
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Former Liberal deputy prime minister Herb Gray dies at age 82: some photos from his life on the Hill April 22, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray, the former Liberal MP, Cabinet minister, and deputy prime minister, pictured here with his daughter Elizabeth Gray-Smith, died on Monday, April 21 at the age of 82. He served in Parliament of 39 years and was one of Canada's longest-serving MPs.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray and his former assistant Eugene Lang, pictured at a Hill reception.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray, pictured on his way to a U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party in Ottawa. Mr. Gray may have not been in the House in his later years, but he regularly attended Hill-related receptions.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray at a menorah-lighting ceremony on the Hill.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured back in his Centre Block office when he was in government.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office, being interviewed by Bill Curry, who was a reporter for The Hill Times.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office back when he was in government.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill posing for The Hill Times.
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Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill back when he was a Cabinet minister.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured on Parliament Hill.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray pictured with his wife, Sharon Sholzberg, on the Hill.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum.
The Hill Times file photograph
Jim Peterson and Herb Gray, pictured on a rainy day on the Hill.
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Jim Peterson and Herb Gray.
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Herb Gray, centre, pictured with the late Liberal MP Shaughnessy Cohen, and Windsor Star Hill reporter Paul McKeague, during a Hill fire drill.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, who went esophagus cancer in 1996 and beat it, is pictured here in a Hill scrum.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured at a Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner on the Hill.
The Hill Times file photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured at the Lester B. Pearson Building in Ottawa on his way into a special Cabinet minister back when he was a Cabinet minister.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum. Allan Thompson, left, was a reporter with The Toronto Star, and Paul McKeague, pictured right behind Mr. Gray, was never far behind the MP from Windsor.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray in another Hill scrum.
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Herb Gray in his Centre Block office back when he was a Cabinet minister. He collected, framed, and hung up most of the editorial cartoons of himself in his Centre Block office.
The Hill Times file photo
Herb Gray and his many framed cartoons.
The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy
Herb Gray and his editorial cartoons, pictured in his Centre Block office.

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