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Ironically, economy may turn out to be one of Harper government’s biggest failures

But the secret truth of this recession is that Ottawa hasn’t had much to do with Canada’s relatively good fortune. Rather it has been our natural resources that—up to this point—have pulled us through.

Photograph courtesy of the Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured on July 15, 2013, at Rideau Hall with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Employment Development Minister Jason Kenney Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel, and his Cabinet. Thomas Walkom says the Harper government’s free-market solution has been to erode wages and import cheap temporary foreign labour, all the while allowing Canadian firms to outsource good jobs overseas.

 

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Ironically, economy may turn out to be one of Harper government’s biggest failures

But the secret truth of this recession is that Ottawa hasn’t had much to do with Canada’s relatively good fortune. Rather it has been our natural resources that—up to this point—have pulled us through.

Photograph courtesy of the Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured on July 15, 2013, at Rideau Hall with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Employment Development Minister Jason Kenney Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel, and his Cabinet. Thomas Walkom says the Harper government’s free-market solution has been to erode wages and import cheap temporary foreign labour, all the while allowing Canadian firms to outsource good jobs overseas.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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