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.
Every government that grasped the nettle of reform didn’t merely defeat the deficit, but enjoyed tremendous public support and was handily re-elected.
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.
And the government should have the courage to say so and defend the price tag that goes with it.
These tradeable shares, owned by the fishermen, are called Individual Transferable Quotas, or ITQs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
The size of government is no measure of social progress, and a well-oiled economy is still the best weapon against poverty.
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
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.