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Hope and fear are tried-and-true methods because they work

PM Harper knows where our fear button is, and he’s punching it like we’re all in a hot elevator stuck between floors.


  
NCC push for memorial site part of drive for politically planned Ottawa

  
Provincial Health ministers right to push for national pharmacare program—but what kind?

Quebec’s outdated drug coverage policies should not be the model for the rest of Canada.


  
Canadian fruit and vegetable growers at risk due to lack of government protection

We are asking all parties to commit to ensuring financial protection for produce growers and sellers and support those who bring fruits and vegetables to our tables every day.


  
Trudeau falls flat on climate-change plan

On the big issue of climate change, Trudeau retreats into process.


  
We can transform Canada into major international player and remain true to who we are

It is not our inability to think strategically that has made us a client of one global superpower or another throughout our history. Rather, the reverse is true: The fact that Britain and the United States have served as our superpower patrons has removed geopolitics from the Canadian psyche, says Zach Paikin


  
Stability in Middle East nowhere to be found

Both the United States and Europe are too pre-occupied with their own geo-strategic and economic restructurings to be able to remake the Middle East. The region’s indigenous powers are too divided, too weak or too politically fragmented to develop some sort of security framework, whether formal or informal.


  
Road to majority government smoothly paved for Conservatives

The Conservative Party vote has been the most efficient in the last two elections and likely will be in October as well. During the last campaign, the party converted 35,200 votes, on average, into one seat, whereas both the NDP (43,800) and especially Liberal (81,900) vote was less efficient.


  
'There will be more disclosure, more oversight and better controls'

Canadians expect us to treat the auditor general’s report and its recommendations with rigour and good judgment. In that regard I want to make it clear that we wholeheartedly embrace the fundamental principles of transparency and accountability that underscore the auditor general’s recommendations, Senate Speaker Leo Housakos says in response to auditor general's report on Senators' expenses.


  
National pharmacare plan needed, experts tell Senate Open Caucus

'Every developed country with a universal healthcare system provides universal coverage for prescription drugs, every developed county except for Canada,' says Steven Morgan, a professor at the University of British Columbia and founder of Pharmacare 2020.


  
Missed opportunities: jail and prison a chance to improve health

We need oversight of health care in correctional facilities by people with expertise in health and not only those with expertise in security.


  
Canada losing competitive edge to attract clinical trials to country: Sen. Ogilvie

Canada is ready and prepared to take a greater role in advancing scientific research and discoveries through increasing the numbers of clinical trials conducted in our country, says Conservative Senator Kelvin Ogilvie.


  
Caucus reform bill bad for democracy, but Senate should pass it, says Dion

It would be a mistake for Canada to become the only democracy to impose, by law, a set of identical internal democratic rules to all parties and recognized Parliamentary caucuses, says Liberal MP Stéphane Dion.


  
Justice for aboriginal peoples should be Canada's top priority

We are not simply dealing here with a matter of righting a historical wrong for a small segment of the Canadian population. Rather, the question of building a more equal relationship between Ottawa and aboriginal Canadians is about reversing the moral decay of our society as a whole, writes Zach Paikin.


  
Indian residential schools part of broader Canadian story: Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Indian Affairs DM predicted in 1920 that in a century indigenous people would cease to exist as an identifiable cultural group in Canada because of residential schools.


  
Canada’s national security agencies too secretive, experts tell Senate Open Caucus

'In Canada, security is never part of federal elections, so this might be a good and unexpected outcome of our discussion around Bill C-51, however flawed the bill is and will prove to be,' says University of Ottawa professor Wesley Wark.


  
How Patrick Brown won the Ontario PC leadership race

Dismissed with little chance of winning, he has stunned the critics, capturing the leadership of the Ontario PC Party.


  
Israel: boycott, divest and sanction

When governments such as Canada’s and the U.S. provide carte blanche for virtually any action Israel undertakes it simply signals to Netanyahu that he has not yet crossed a Western democracies ‘red line.’


  
Inequality is a hot, important topic

But in an exhaustive new report, it is the bottom 40 per cent of the population that should be targeted if we want to address inequality in a serious way, not the broad middle class.


  
Canada needs to do a better job of managing financial uncertainty

Given the triple threat of uncertain oil prices, a volatile housing market and rising consumer debt, another crisis would likely hit us harder than the last one. It’s worth being well-prepared for that kind of risk.


  
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Thursday, September 3, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Election 2015: Prime Minister Stephen Harper's rally in Ottawa Aug. 31, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks about the Conservative Party's low-tax, balanced budget plan for the economy at a rally in Ottawa on Aug. 31.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks about the Conservative Party's low-tax, balanced budget plan for the economy at a rally in Ottawa on Aug. 31.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative Party campaign director of communications Kory Teneycke.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Sun Media's David Akin and the Conservatives' Jeremy Hunt say hi to Conservative supporters.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative candidate Royal Galipeau, running for re-election in Orleans, Ont.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Ottawa-area Conservative candidates have a laugh.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative Party supporter.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative candidate Damian Konstantinakos, running in Ottawa Centre, Ont.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper greets supporters.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to Conservative Party supporters.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks about the Conservative Party's low-tax, balanced budget plan for the economy at a rally in Ottawa on Aug. 31.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative Party staffer Colin McSweeney.

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