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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Feds need much bolder vision, commitment to digital economy

More a pamphlet than a substantive vision and strategy, the government’s report seems rooted in the present rather than looking to the future. It is devoid of big ideas and largely ignores the next big wave in the digital economy, what Cisco calls ‘the Internet of Everything.’


  
Canadians realize significant value from oil and gas sector

  
Northern Gateway and Building Trades Unions will protect environment

  
Canadian Forces can’t sweep sexual assaults under the carpet, again

The military brass cannot have been surprised. Or, if they were, they were negligent. Statistics must be reported up the chain. They must certainly have heard—or perhaps dealt with—cases that never faced a formal charge.


  
Speaking of misinformation about federal

Several government MPs used misleading arguments in replying to their constituents on the federal government’s decision to allow the Health Accord to expire.


  
We don’t need another language-based hockey fight

Just when the Habs were poised to become Canada’s team, Ron MacLean’s simmering bias changed the channel on a unifying moment.


  
Misleading column on veterans’ programming: Fantino

The federal government has invested a total of almost $5-billion in new funding to enhance veterans’ benefits, programs, and services since 2006 and has no plans to rest on its laurels now, says Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino.


  
Herb Gray: Where political intelligence and sound policy converged

There was no minister in the Chrétien Cabinet who had the combined analytical abilities, patience and intellectual will to pick apart policy and legislation and expose their weaknesses the way Herb Gray did.


  
Herb Gray a leading nationalist, progressive Liberal

Herb Gray’s first and legendary impact on Canadian politics was in 1972 when, as minister of consumer and corporate affairs, he pressed for greater control of foreign investment in Canadian industry.


  
To be a humanitarian leader, Canada must tackle severe hunger

  
Putin, petrorubles and our PM’s bad posture

A Russia-driven shift in global currency allegiance could devastate the economies of the U.S. and Canada.


  
Enormity of climate change challenges also provide great opportunities

Applying clean-tech to our natural resources is Canada’s unique opportunity. Climate change makes it imperative.


  
It’s time for Bennett on Parliament Hill

R.B. Bennett’s story deserves to be a larger part of our collective story. He should have a statue on Parliament Hill.


  
We need access to Canadian courts and an independent extractives sector ombudsperson

While a number of mining companies have taken steps to improve their corporate social responsibility, there are still disturbing gaps, particularly in how some companies relate to the indigenous communities on whose land most of their activities take place.


  
Changes only go halfway to make so-called Fair Elections Act actually fair

If the Conservatives don’t make at least some key changes, it’s fair to say that voters across Canada will be fairly concerned that the Conservatives aren’t playing fair, and that it will be fair game for voters not to give them a fair shake in the next election.


  
Yes, we can trust Ottawa again

All oversight bodies need to be strengthened with impartial non-bureaucrats to manage them.


  
Police Services Act of Ontario should be amended, now

How many times do police officers have to be convicted under the Police Services Act of Ontario for discreditable conduct before they can be fired? 


  
Harper’s (Un)Fair Elections Act could spark voter surge

While many in those communities have found little reason to go to the polls given the slim likelihood of any change in their lives, no one likes to be told what they can and can’t do—especially when it comes to rights. For the people targeted by Harper for disenfranchisement, the 2015 election could be purely about democracy itself.


  
Integrity commissioner Dion should be replaced

If there is ever to be a possibility of a regime helping people, the Integrity Commissioner’s Office needs a compassionate person who’s interested in helping and aiding people.


  
It’s a tough new world out there, Canada needs to reinvent itself

Much more is needed because, nationwide, we still lag both in innovation and in making the shift from a North American fixation to a global focus.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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