Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
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TRUE NORTH
What’s with over-the-top reaction to renaming of Museum of Civilization to the Canadian Museum of History?

Now there is a national scandal worthy of the name: our largest national museum might now focus more tightly on preserving and celebrating the collective memory of Canadians, while not excluding the history of other parts of the world.


  
U.S. thinks its deficit is a sideshow, it’s not: Brian Lee Crowley

Every government that grasped the nettle of reform didn’t merely defeat the deficit, but enjoyed tremendous public support and was handily re-elected.


  
If we demand respect, Quebecers will come around

  
The great myth of Senate reform

Ironically Alberta’s big idea, Senate reform, would be a tragic mistake from conservatism’s point of view, and one that Albertans would come bitterly to regret.


  
A climate change policy hardly anyone talks about

  
There’s no realistic alternative to the F-35s

And the government should have the courage to say so and defend the price tag that goes with it.


  
Most successful fishing nations give fishers right a share of catch before they go out to fish

These tradeable shares, owned by the fishermen, are called Individual Transferable Quotas, or ITQs.


  
Sell to China, but never change who we are to do so

The only possible response is for us to speak away, while taking all the counter-measures necessary to protect ourselves, including aggressive counter-espionage and a healthy skepticism about the independence of Chinese companies from the regime in Beijing.


  
Canada’s monumental economic challenge: our increasingly schizophrenic attitude to natural resource development

The provinces may control natural resources, but Ottawa controls enough of the jurisdictional, legal, tax, environmental and regulatory levers that it can set the tone and get provincial buy-in for a cooperative national framework equal to the opportunity Canada faces.


  
U.S. Congress can’t find way out of fiscal purgatory

This inability of the American political class to tackle an issue that transcends party, but strikes at the heart of America’s national interest is the defining issue of the day.


  
We could have a renaissance in rural Canada, but need to fight the bureaucracy

The heavy bureaucracy charged with regulating new products and methods in the field of food production and processing is creating obstacles to innovation and new product development that are out of all proportion to the health and safety benefit created for Canadians and their worldwide customers.


  
Claims of wholesale Americanization of our criminal justice system highly exaggerated

Crime will be high on Parliament’s agenda this fall, given the priority that the Conservatives attached to the issue in the last election. Canada must indeed be vigilant to avoid the excesses of the American justice system.


  
America has right to expect we be vigilant, but U.S. can go too far the other way

Fortunately, it looks like Prime Minister Stephen Harper has some powerful Congressional allies in the effort to negotiate a perimeter border agreement with the Obama administration. Unfortunately, it looks like he's really going to need them.


  
Canada can ill afford to be blasé about a weak, fractious government at centre

Besides an increasingly ideological tone, one of the chief reasons why parties now find it so hard to form strong stable majority governments is that federalist vote-splitting has allowed the BQ essentially to take 50 Parliamentary seats out of play.


  
The lost art of the apology

The true significance of an apology has been lost and today's acts of alleged contrition often end up exacerbating the problem rather than solving it. And the most important apologies never get made at all.


  
New world order arrives in Middle East and West is playing catch-up

Here in Canada and in Europe, while the news has been all about Tunisia, Egypt and Libya for weeks, our political leaders carry on regardless, blithely debating the size of our prisons or whether to subsidize sports arenas, while the world is being reshap


  
Back to the future: A guide to budget-making

The size of government is no measure of social progress, and a well-oiled economy is still the best weapon against poverty.


  
Media speculation on Canada-U.S. agreement on a continental perimeter border premature

We have to see the final agreement and see what border openness we have won, and what we had to give up to get it. Only then will we have the evidence to reach a reasoned view. But the logic of such negotiation is not just sensible for Canada—it is


  
High moral tone, meaning well, do not make foreign policy

The reason Canada needs a well-equipped military and the resolve to use it is this is the price of admission to the table where decisions are actually made about the great issues that afflict the world, the issues that Canadians care about.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, September 19, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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