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Inequality is a hot, important topic

Inequality is a hot, important topic

But in an exhaustive new report, it is the bottom 40 per cent of the population that should be targeted if we want to address inequality in a serious way, not the broad middle class.



Canada needs to do a better job of managing financial uncertainty

Given the triple threat of uncertain oil prices, a volatile housing market and rising consumer debt, another crisis would likely hit us harder than the last one. It’s worth being well-prepared for that kind of risk.

How Patrick Brown won the Ontario PC leadership race

Dismissed with little chance of winning, he has stunned the critics, capturing the leadership of the Ontario PC Party.

Is Ottawa ready for an invasion of PhDs? Bring it on!

Congress is a critical gathering of many of Canada’s top researchers in the humanities and social sciences, meeting to test their ideas and share their contributions to community, the economy, innovation and scholarship.

Israel: boycott, divest and sanction

When governments such as Canada’s and the U.S. provide carte blanche for virtually any action Israel undertakes it simply signals to Netanyahu that he has not yet crossed a Western democracies ‘red line.’

The Fletcher Effect

Steven Fletcher describes autonomy as a core Canadian value. I remind him that autonomy has its limits, particularly when it causes others to feel more vulnerable and implicates the physician’s role in response to suffering.

The other drug problem in Canada’s cities

How Canada’s piecemeal pharmaceutical drug insurance coverage costs Canadian cities and taxpayers plenty.

Federal government should take leadership role on fighting MS

Federal government should take leadership role on fighting MS
This month, the MS Society, alongside a group of outstanding MS Ambassadors, gathered together on Parliament Hill to launch MS Awareness Month with a strong message: Canada may be a world leader in hockey and maple syrup, but we’re also a leader in rates of MS in the world, and that’s a reality we’re not willing to accept.

Not enough being done to treat youth with mental illness: experts

The current approach to mental health in Canada also places an unnecessary burden on public finances. Jennifer Vornbrock of the Canadian Mental Health Commission stated that the dollar cost of untreated mental illness in Canada is $51-billion a year, a number which could rise to $300-billion in the next 20 years.

Canada should push for deeper integration with U.S., Mexico

Canada should push for deeper integration with U.S., Mexico
Canada’s distinct global interests cannot be pursued adequately and forcefully without a reliable, entrenched structure of continental integration.

Tackling railway market power: unleashing economic growth

How any future changes to the act may foster a more balanced relationship between producers of economic activity and jobs, and the transportation service providers, is key to the effectiveness and reliability of the nation’s rail-based supply chain.

Being number one is not as easy as it looks

Being number one is not as easy as it looks
Real and lasting leadership at the highest level, especially in the scrutinized world of politics, is rare and what it takes to be “number one” is a mystery to most. In politics, leadership is mostly about the long game but the focus of many, including almost all members of the media, is about the here-and-now: the newest published poll, the trending tweet and the useless chatter, writes Evan Sotiropoulos.

COLUMNS

Warren Kinsella, Karl Bélanger, Tim Powers

We’re getting into final stages of an election

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, May 29, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
As Justice Minister Peter MacKay prepares to announce he's is leaving politics, here's a look back at his time on the Hill May 29, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay joined by Senator Bob Runciman, Tim Uppal, and Corneliu Chisu met with the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Canadian Urban Transit Association to mark the passing of Bill S-221, which amends the Criminal Code to address assaults against public transit operators.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

On May 12, the day UN rapporteur James Anaya released his report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Canada, families of missing and murdered women demonstrated on the steps of Parliament Hill. Mr. MacKay and fellow Conservative MP Joy Smith happened to be on the steps at the same time, for a photo opportunity, where a life jacket-donning Mr. MacKay was confronted by the women asking for his help. He said he would be willing to sit down and talk about the issue of missing and murdered women. When the meeting in Mr. MacKay’s office was scheduled, it was arranged symbolically to be held on the six-year anniversary of Mr. Harper’s apology to First Nations for residential schools, said Mr. Fiddler.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay behind the bench at a 2013 Conservative Party hockey game.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay with his wife Nazanin Afshin-Jam and their son Kian.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay with Laureen Harper at the 2013 Sandbox Canada event on Sparks Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay, getting meta with his BlackBerry, alongside fellow caucus colleagues in 2013. From left: Bernard Valcourt, Shelly Glover, Peter Van Loan, Leona Aglukkaq, and Diane Finley.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

In committee with junior defence minister Julian Fantino, on March 13, 2012. During the meeting the pair said the government would commit to procuring the F-35 joint single strike fighter jets.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Then-U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert M. Gates and Peter MacKay during his tenure as Defence minister.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay and Tim Powers. Mr. MacKay broke his arm while being tackled in a rugby game on the Hill on May 27, 2009. He was playing for the Canadian Forces team, against the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, which Mr. Powers is a part of. Apparently Mr. MacKay barely flinched when the medics pushed his elbow back in place, and was doing interviews five minutes later.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay with the Brazilian foreign minister Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim in a 2007 joint press conference following their bilateral meeting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay signing... as he was sworn in with the rest of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Cabinet Feb. 6, 2006.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

July 20, 2006 Mr. MacKay speaks to press after a technical briefing in Ottawa over concerns about the evacuation of Canadians from Lebanon.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay tossing around a football on the Hill with Mr. Harper in 2005. Other photos from this afternoon on the lawn were cause for some contention for Mr. Harper at the time.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay, Jack Layton, and Anne McLellan in 2004, seen here debating the Throne Speech with CBC's Don Newman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Then-leader of the Progressive Conservatives Peter MacKay, and Stephen Harper, then-leader of the Canadian Alliance announced on Oct. 16, 2003 that they agreed to join their two parties. 'Our swords will henceforth be pointed at the Liberals, not at each other,' Mr. Harper said at the time.

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