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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, September 19, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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