But lack of good evidence will hamper good policy. It’s harder to figure out root causes of the serious inequalities that exist in Canada.
The challenge for the new Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is to get in there with elbows up and reclaim the broad middle which has been the historical position of his party.
While Christy Clark’s British Columbia Liberal government is getting slammed for its ethnic outreach strategy, it is not really all that different from what the federal Conservatives were doing in the spring of 2011.
Idle No More may have fizzled, but it hasn’t gone and it isn’t going away.
Mary Dawson said ministers are prohibited from using their positions to seek to influence decision-making so as to improperly further the private interests of another person. This distinction is not actually in the guidelines.
But the newfound Conservative strength among the ethnic vote could be challenged too. Liberal leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau is showing up and getting a very strong response.
Liberals hope it’s the former, while other partisans are declaring it to be the latter.
Today, conservatives count a number of think tanks in their ranks. This is powerful policy formulation stuff and could indicate a fundamental reorganization of how public policy is made in this country.
Thomas Mulcair calls it modernizing the party.
The Conservatives track support federally, provincially, territorially, municipally. No other party has ever done such a meticulous and exhaustive job in the history of politics in Canada.
It’s no longer just about helping immigrants or aboriginal peoples, it’s about having an economy that can grow and prosper.
But Liberals should look at how the Manning Centre’s annual networking conference in March holds one of the most politically-sophisticated events of the year.
On the Christmas issue, religion came knocking on the door of politics. In the matter of the Religious Office, it is politics that is standing up for religious rights, some will say it was unavoidable.
Heritage Minister James Moore and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have a tough choice ahead of them as the lobbying for candidates is already well underway for an appointment that takes effect Jan. 25, 2012.
Whatever one’s views of Canada’s multiculturalism policy, it’s hard to deny that we are doing better than most when it comes to living in harmony.
Among the many new faces in Parliament are Canadians of many backgrounds and, as part of the Liberal Party's misfortunes, the other parties have gotten into the diversity field big time.
Whatever happened to Senate reform, Parliamentary decorum, aboriginal inclusion, refugee policy, skills development, and the future of the CBC? Or for that matter, Calgary and Chicoutimi? And the Green Party?
Just as feminism seems to be out of date, the human rights agenda for minorities seems passé to some. The Liberals, as the party of the Charter of Rights, run the risk of having an outdated moniker. For immigrants who are better off, economic succ