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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
Friday, May 29, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

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The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
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Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
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Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
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NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
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Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
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DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
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Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
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Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
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Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
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Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
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Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
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Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
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Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
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Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
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Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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