Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Peña Nieto chat during President Peña's official visit to Canada for the North American Leaders' Summit. Photograph courtesy of the PMO by Adam Scotti
We need to shift our efforts from hammering at the most obvious nail to taking the larger scenario into consideration when we decide what action to take (or not take as the case may be). I sincerely hope that my Cassandra-like premonitions about Syria are wrong: I fear they are not.
Individual women who are elected should not have to internalize a feeling of vulnerability on the basis of a nefarious Facebook post, verbal threat, or other incident. They absolutely should not be left to deal with it on their own.
Often missing from these conversations is the value that innovative medicines bring to the health-care system and to patients.
In the case of Bill C-14, the Senate added in a positive way to the public discourse on this most difficult subject that affects all of us. As time goes on, we will have a better idea if this oddly-composed Senate effectively performs the Sober Second Thought role originally envisaged for it. Bill C-14 may just be one case but so far, so good, Senators.
The innovation agenda needs to focus on boosting productivity and building innovative companies that can generate the exports needed to pay our way in the world, provide the good jobs that support a prosperous middle class and create the wealth to sustain our healthcare system and other valued public services.
This is the most genuine part of the life of politicians, getting the chance to be close to real Canada and real Canadians. This is the time when they get close to the real problems voters have to face on a daily basis.