Climate change is a daunting challenge, but it’s one we must face. Confronting it will be made easier if we don’t focus solely on what needs to be cut, but also on what can be created.
'Failure to include just transition in Canada’s pending climate change plans and principles will mean we risk playing catch up rather than leading our conversion to a lower carbon economy.'
'Its first order of business will be to frame its engagement in how it’s going to interact with Canadians,' says Liberal MP Mark Holland, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Democratic Institutions.
We should not forget the critical contributions of our pioneers along with the next generation of girls and women in shaping our knowledge-based society.
As the economic challenges mount, it’s becoming increasingly clear that well-timed investments need to target three things: infrastructure, innovation and research.
Any Canadian who doubts women’s commitment and capacity to serve in public office should look no further to see the courage and tenacity demonstrated here. But for many more women to be compelled to stand for federal office, the changes enacted by this Parliament could make all the difference.
I’m most interested in how a government can cultivate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. How can we put in place the right conditions for innovation? Specifically, how can we do it in a way that ensures that the Canadian economy remains at the leading edge?
The federal government collects less than $3-billion a year, or about one per cent of its total revenues, from capital gains taxes. That’s the equivalent of two or three Bombardier bailouts, just to get rid of a tax that is very costly. Several countries with dynamic, innovative economies, such as Switzerland, have no such tax. We should emulate them instead of doing more of the same old interventionist policies.
Will the new government rise to the challenge and act quickly to strengthen Canadian innovation? Or will they continue to oversee the sell-off of Canadian champions of innovation to foreign interest and the stagnation of business investment in R&D?
Solving Canada’s innovation challenges calls for a long-term approach that begins by identifying gaps.
Clean Energy Canada reports that the global market for clean energy technology and services was valued at C$790-billion in 2014, and is expected to reach $1.8-trillion by 2022. Germany, China, the U.S. and others are already reaping benefits. Canada’s 2014 share? A mere $7-billion—far below our G7 economy’s weight. Since 2005, we have dropped from 14th to 19th in clean-tech exports. Our share of this rapidly-growing pie is shrinking.
Investing in college infrastructure is one of the best ways to stimulate the economy while supporting innovation. It should be fairly straightforward as well, since there are currently more than 800 ready-to-go deferred maintenance projects awaiting funding at colleges and institutes across the country.
Now is the time to build upon the investments Canada made 15 years ago to establish Canada Health Infoway and take the next logical step in digital health solutions for Canadians: a multi-jurisdiction e-prescribing solution.
All levels of governments from municipal, provincial to federal, need to shift their infrastructure lens to include our largest private investors. Because while $125-billion is a big number, we are going to need these partners to meet all our infrastructure needs. Let’s offer them opportunities to invest in Canada.
The CRTC’s misguided solution to quell consumer sentiment is simply offside. Carving the Super Bowl out as an exemption to its simultaneous substitution policy, no matter how well-meaning, is an overreaction, says the Association of Canadian Advertisers.
Treating animals better makes good business sense, writes Mercy For Animals' Krista Hiddema.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement's non-trade rules ensure that those with the most capital now can protect their position, at the expense of economic development opportunities for the poor and the middle class, and of the environment.
If Canada wants to pack a punch on the global stage, then it needs to make up for the hard power it lacks by gaining an edge in other departments, writes Zach Paikin.
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.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.
Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.
The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.
Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.
B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.