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Our political parties are tinkering at the margin

Real change is not going to come from the rarefied atmosphere of Davos, but from the political process within Canada and other countries; what the World Economic Forum report calls ‘patterns of more equitable, inclusive and sustainable growth.’

Photograph courtesy of the PMO: Jason Ransom
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet pictured in July 2013. In Canada, the federal government has held back on much-needed infrastructure spending, for example, so that it can deliver a balanced budget, with tax cuts, for the 2015 federal election. Provinces are doing too little as well—Ontario is in the third year of a freeze on the minimum wage, which goes to the poorest paid members of the workforce, while top executives are under no such constraint.

 

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Our political parties are tinkering at the margin

Real change is not going to come from the rarefied atmosphere of Davos, but from the political process within Canada and other countries; what the World Economic Forum report calls ‘patterns of more equitable, inclusive and sustainable growth.’

Photograph courtesy of the PMO: Jason Ransom
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet pictured in July 2013. In Canada, the federal government has held back on much-needed infrastructure spending, for example, so that it can deliver a balanced budget, with tax cuts, for the 2015 federal election. Provinces are doing too little as well—Ontario is in the third year of a freeze on the minimum wage, which goes to the poorest paid members of the workforce, while top executives are under no such constraint.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

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The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
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The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
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Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
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Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
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Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
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Conservative MP Dean Allison.
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Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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