Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Realizing the vision: transforming defence procurement to advantage Canada

What we need now are a few champions in government to seize hold of this vision, to flesh it out more fully, implement it quickly, and to make it the coherent whole it was always intended to be.


  
Time to apply leading water knowledge for Canada's success

When we apply leading water knowledge to our decisions, we achieve effective and affordable water systems with resilient and adaptive communities. We leverage our leading edge agri-food sector to meet growing domestic and global demands. We see a rise in healthy and economically successful aboriginal and small communities. We become recognized as leaders in environmental and public health protection with strong energy and resource sectors.


  
Notley ran gutsy run-from-behind campaign anchored in ideas

What this campaign wasn’t about was the fact that Alberta’s now premier-elect is a mother, with two teenagers, who worked outside of the home as a labour lawyer. Refreshingly, Ms. Notley’s parental status wasn’t much of a campaign issue enabling her to stay focused on the fresh ideas they were proposing for Albertans. It’s a luxury not always afforded to female politicians.


  
Our economy’s substantially larger than it was pre-recession

International observers expect Canada’s growth to continue to be solid.


  
Conservative budget helps those who need it least

The Conservatives are wasting millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money on government ads to promote this budget and their so-called economic action plan. Canadians see it for what it is: a desperate attempt to disguise the government’s lack of action and the absence of a real plan.


  
Zero per cent growth on wrong track to success

Unless we take action today, this is the first generation of Canadians that will be worse off than their parents.


  
Is a Liberal-NDP accord inevitable?

  
Iran's rhetoric on nuclear deal shows ambitions as regional power

It is only natural that a country with such advantages would seek to project power and influence throughout its regional context and outflank its rivals, writes Michael Bonner.


  
'Big Ottawa' of years past gone but not too late to visualize a 'Big Canada'

Harper’s abuse of Parliament, done in part through centralizing power around the Prime Minister’s Office, is designed in part to alienate Canadians from federal politics and reduce Ottawa’s perceived legitimacy, thus curtailing federal power and influence in Canada, argues Zach Paikin.


  
Oliver balances economic and political realities in 2015 budget

In the months leading up to the fall election, the economy is unquestionably the most important single issue for all voters. ENsight Canada’s Election Monitor Survey indicates that more than three-quarters of Canadians identified a balanced budget as an urgent or important priority.


  
Canada needs a ‘health-in-all-polices’ approach to poverty

Nothing worth doing is ever easy. Improving health and well-being by addressing poverty using a HiAP approach will take hard work. It will take cooperation and negotiation. It will mean that those with decision-making powers in Canada will have to make the right choices.


  
In the beginning, it was all about science, now it’s all about politics

Arctic Council with a noble mandate focused on ‘sustainable development and environmental protection.’ Yet, in the last two decades the council has produced little in the form of actionable achievements to protect the Arctic environment.


  
Behind government’s multi-million dollar budget gift to recording industry

The government has characterized the reforms as good for the Canadian economy, yet the opposite would appear to be true.


  
Access to information regime slipping into irrelevance?

The time has come for the minister responsible for the administration of the act to have the auditor general conduct a system audit of the structure, machinery and performance of the ATI regime as well as the management and operation of the OIC organization as so to curb the current downwards slide of the ATI regime to irrelevance.


  
Is Christianity in decline?

  
Investing in research to fuel innovation is more essential than ever, says former Cabinet minister

Research fuels innovation. Innovation—harnessing the market potential of new ideas—drives productivity. Productivity is key to competitiveness which, in turn, determines our standard of living and ultimately our quality of life.


  
Modi's foreign travel shows effort to reach out to other countries in general and to Indian diaspora in particular

  
Recognizing differences between animal health and welfare

By launching a federally-coordinated national strategy to improve welfare on Canadian farms, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz could give industries the tools they need to shine on the global stage.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
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.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
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.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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