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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.

 

  
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs party under the stars, B.C. politicos come to Ottawa Feb. 8, 2016

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Party Under the Stars was held on Feb. 3 at Ottawa City Hall. Conservative MPs Erin O'Toole and Steven Blaney dancing with performer Jully Black. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie. 

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Mr. Sajjan and Ms. Elliott.

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Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.

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Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.

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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

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Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

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Ottawa city councillor Jody Mitic.

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Conservative MP James Bezan.

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Conservative MP Rob Nicholson. 

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Conservative MP Peter Kent.

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Jully Black with emcee of the evening Sarah Freemark.

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The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.

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B.C. Liberal MPs at Wednesday's reception.

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Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

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Harjit Sajjan and Sukh Dhaliwal.

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B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.

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Liberal B.C. MP Hedy Fry.

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