Saturday, July 4, 2015
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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Canada should push for deeper integration with U.S., Mexico

Canada’s distinct global interests cannot be pursued adequately and forcefully without a reliable, entrenched structure of continental integration.


  
Tackling railway market power: unleashing economic growth

How any future changes to the act may foster a more balanced relationship between producers of economic activity and jobs, and the transportation service providers, is key to the effectiveness and reliability of the nation’s rail-based supply chain.


  
Being number one is not as easy as it looks

Real and lasting leadership at the highest level, especially in the scrutinized world of politics, is rare and what it takes to be “number one” is a mystery to most. In politics, leadership is mostly about the long game but the focus of many, including almost all members of the media, is about the here-and-now: the newest published poll, the trending tweet and the useless chatter, writes Evan Sotiropoulos.


  
Bill C-51's provisions against advocating terror should be supported

While terror advocacy may be truly hateful in its content, it is not hate speech in the ordinary sense, writes Danny Eisen.


  
Notley proves that campaigns matter

Ottawa, pull up a chair. Political change in Alberta is just the prelude. This is going to be a captivating journey.


  
Russia must be stopped

It is heart-wrenching that once again Ukraine must fight the repeat offender.


  
We missed yet another opportunity in health care

The federal government should take an ownership position in public health care by either holding the provinces more accountable to the Canada Health Act or establishing a pharmacare program. 


  
Being part of a family a most universal human experience

The Families in Canada Conference 2015 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be engaged in an important conversation.


  
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.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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