But, if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau drops his support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline, he risks gravely disappointing Rachel Notley, Alberta’s NDP premier and a fast political ally of Trudeau in a province where the Liberal name was toxic for decades, writes Susan Riley. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Stephen Harper’s approach to climate change, while not stated so bluntly, was 'let the market fix it.' Justin Trudeau was more ambitious, more socially responsible, more ready to act—or so he promised. But his meek actions don’t match his bold rhetoric. Like Harper, it looks as if he, too, will be letting the market fix it.
While George Brown’s personal life worked out as happily as he could have wished, the Canadian federalism he parented took a turn neither he, John A. Macdonald or George-Étienne Cartier had anticipated. As in the domestic sphere, even successful political marriages have unexpected surprises.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act in 2019, our message is this. To the government: settle the funding, then lead the public conversation needed to come to a modern, comprehensive public policy statement for official languages.
When a member deploys, they and their families make great sacrifices on our behalf. This is why, as part of the new defence policy, our government decided that the salaries of military personnel deployed on named international operations will be exempt from federal income tax, up to the pay level of lieutenant colonel.
Why must veterans look for law firms to fight the same government they were prepared to provide the ultimate sacrifice for?
I have been monitoring the relationship between Statistics Canada and Shared Services Canada using Access to Information. The most recent batch of records from Statistics Canada showed that Statistics Canada had transferred $14.4 M in the last few months of the 2016-17 fiscal year to Shared Services Canada. This transfer is problematic in several ways. It demonstrated my point when I resigned that SSC is inefficient, will result in higher IT costs for Statistics Canada and will therefore damage the statistical system by forcing Statistics Canada to redirect money from statistical programs to SSC. But there are some other very interesting aspects to the transaction. The money is coming from a very large surplus on 2016 Census collection operations that was realized on my watch. Since Statistics Canada is separately and directly funded for the Census my view and the view of my immediate predecessors was that unspent funds could not be redirected to other purposes unrelated to the Census, as is being done here. I believe parliamentarians will be unhappy to see what is being done here. Another aspect is the poor management demonstrated by this plan. Statistics Canada and Shared Services Canada are acting as if purchasing additional IT infrastructure is a one-time cost and portraying it that way to Ministers and to the Clerk of the Privy Council. Two seconds of thought will lead any reasonable person to understand that this infrastructure will wear out and need to be replaced and apparently neither SSC nor StatCan have any plan for where this money will come from in future. For IT hardware the future is only 3 to 5 years away. Also completely ignored are the operating costs of the equipment purchased. Finally there are strict rules around moving money between fiscal years. Generally, departments are not allowed to pay for significant acquisitions in one year and have them delivered in subsequent years. Given that this plan was put in place toward the end of the third quarter of the fiscal year, and given that IT acquisitions, especially those involving SSC are notoriously slow, often taking the better part of a fiscal year, delivery of the IT infrastructure being funded by StatCan is unlikely to have occurred by March 31, 2017. Statistics Canada has to contend with this issue when it carries out surveys for other departments. If SSC is allowing departments to prepay for IT infrastructure, I believe it is breaking the rules of financial management. A similar case occurred in the 1990s with Canada Communications Group, resulting in a scandal and eventual removal of the head of the agency. So I have written the attached opinion piece. It is technical and a tad long and may not fit the Hill Times but I am presenting it to you for your consideration.
They are convinced the West is at war with Islam, and doesn't value Muslim lives either.