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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Economy will dominate the political landscape for rest of Liberal mandate

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes he can have it both ways: tinker a bit with some neo-Keynsian policies of intervention but stay in the big boys club and avoid Bay Street condemnation by signing the TPP. Unfortunately, it simply doesn’t work that way.


  
Liberal government’s position to withdraw CF-18s from Middle East is defensible, legitimate and correct

  
A New Deal for federal-provincial-territorial relations

While the relationship between the federal government and the provinces and territories has never been more important, it has probably also never been so complex given the multi-layered and in some cases difficult issues facing all governments in Canada.


  
Health ministers must spend smarter and negotiate wiser

Why the new Health Accord could be Trudeau’s most significant achievement


  
Concerns about a so-called retirement income 'crisis' overblown

A CPP expansion would be a blunt solution to a narrow and largely subjective issue, say Philip Cross and Sean Speer.


  
Canada can learn a thing or two from Scotland on electoral reform

The mixed member system enhances grassroots democracy—the ability of the average citizen to participate in the democratic process on a day-to-day basis. What’s more, it ensures local representation and balances out regional interests both at the same time. Thus, it would fit the political requirements of a diverse, federal country such as Canada.


  
Health care problems structural, not financial

Throwing more money to provinces for health care may be counterproductive, says Carleton University professor Allan Maslove.


  
Many Canadians struggle to put food on the table, five things about food insecurity in Canada

Food Banks Canada recently estimated food bank use for a 12-month period at 1.7 million people, yet the number of food insecure individuals living in Canada is more than double this estimate.


  
Government, church, school officials well aware of failure to protect student health, safety: TRC report

As of November 2014, the Commission had identified 2,040 students in its Named Register for the period from 1867 to 2000. When combined with the figures in the Unnamed Register, the total is 3,201 deaths.


  
Five ways we can reduce suicides in Canada

Why a suicide prevention strategy needs to include injury prevention


  
No single route or experience for Métis children into residential schools: TRC report

Canada’s residential school system was a partnership between the federal government and the churches. When it came to the Métis, the partners had differing agendas.


  
Why a new Health Accord needs to include better planning for health human resources

Pretty much every country in the world has an agency or organization dedicated to knowing as much as it can about their health workforce so they are best able to meet the needs of patients and the broader population.


  
Aboriginal policy to assimilate, civilize, Christianize, not applied in uniform manner: TRC report

Where there was no pressing demand for aboriginal lands, the federal government delayed taking on the obligations that Treaties created. This was particularly true in the North.


  
'I didn’t get to say goodbye to my dad or my brother Allan, didn’t get to pet my dogs or nothing,' says Indian residential school survivor

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the Indian residential school system released its final report Dec. 15.


  
All I want for Christmas is a national autism strategy

We’ve waited almost a decade. Now is the time for the federal government to bring together the brightest minds in the country on the issue and enact a federal strategy to give our kids with autism the services they need to survive and thrive in communities across the country.


  
Lessons for Canada from Europe’s challenges

  
It's time for an open Canada.ca

Hopefully the new Liberal government will consider how they want citizens to connect with their government. If Canada is going to keep up in this digital age, we simply can’t have our government outsource its technology.


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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. Sajjan and Ms. Elliott.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa city councillor Jody Mitic.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Peter Kent.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Jully Black with emcee of the evening Sarah Freemark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Harjit Sajjan and Sukh Dhaliwal.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal B.C. MP Hedy Fry.

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