A member of the RCMP sings Canada's national anthem, 'O Canada.' Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act, was put forward by the late Mauril Bélanger. The bill, currently being debated in the Senate, would have Parliament change the lyrics of the national anthem, replacing 'in all thy sons command' with 'in all of us command.'
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Canada’s leadership role at the Open Government Partnership is fairly limited. It is a government anchor on a working group dedicated to open data initiatives, but not involved in access to information. This is in spite of the fact that it is currently working towards amending the federal Access to Information Act in the context of open government.
The Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence can descend into petty politics sometimes, but it shouldn't on national security issues.
Cost cutting versus quality is an ongoing theme bedeviling the government’s ambition and obligation to provide access of equal quality in the official language of choice. It will get worse, not better, especially if a new system for procuring the services of interpreters is allowed to go forward. After many delays, the new system scheduled to be in place Jan. 23, 2017, is still in need of a major overhaul.
The CF-18 is viable to beyond 2025, according to the commander of the RCAF. Why didn't we listen to him and CF-18 operators and maintainers? The numbers have been fudged and the capability gap simply does not exist. We should not be trying to justify bad judgment.