But the secret truth of this recession is that Ottawa hasn’t had much to do with Canada’s relatively good fortune. Rather it has been our natural resources that—up to this point—have pulled us through.
It’s causing a massive backlog in Canadian visa applications by students, temporary workers and tourists from around the world.
While we cannot prevent another flood, there is a series of science-based, proactive actions that can strengthen our capacity to respond to these natural disasters.
Here’s a thought: the Senate can act as a counterweight to the PMO’s influence over the House.
As we think about reforming the Upper Chamber, we need to understand that our options are limitless and we must be ready to engage more ideas if we are to tackle the real problem of under-representation. Both an elected and an abolished Senate reflect the status quo. We need to move beyond these options.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper should split Industry Department so that James Moore can concentrate on an innovation agenda.
Canada could embrace a revenue-neutral carbon tax which will ensure that fossil fuels pay for their true costs to society.
Climate change is real, it is caused largely by humans in cities, and it endangers us all equally.
The decision won’t be Jason Kenney’s alone. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will have to make the final decision on whether to abandon the unilateral federal provision in the budget or get into a fight with the provinces.
Our current incarnation of capitalism, variously referred to as savage capitalism, extreme capitalism or euphemistically as the ‘free market’ is in one of its periodic crises.
The federal government has a role to play in crafting a Canadian energy strategy. After all, it’s the federal government that harbours the aspiration for Canada to be an energy superpower.
More should be done to boost domestic demand through public-private investment in infrastructure and by helping industry adjust to the competitiveness challenges of the changing global economy.
The Lac-Mégantic tragedy aside, most leaks, fortunately, are small.
Pay no attention to the free-spending Senator behind the curtain. Here’s a free hot dog.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been known to throw his closest confidants under the bus to avoid any personal dents to his reputation. He did it to his former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, and now he has done it to Marjory LeBreton, but it’s a matter of time before it sticks to him.
What Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz didn’t mention in a recent speech is that the sharp increase in the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar, not just weakness in U.S. demand, impacted Canadian exporters.
As other nations begin the slow transition to a low-carbon economy, Canada’s reputation as a bad actor on the international climate stage will hurt more than just the environment. If Obama’s plan to move to cleaner sources of energy is any indicator, Canada’s reputation as a climate laggard will also hurt our economy.
The group of objects that have graced the Clerk’s Table in the House Chamber since 1926 are often referred to as ‘the jewels.’ Made up of a calendar, an ink well, a seal press, and four bookends, they were introduced into the Chamber in May 1926 and a detailed description of three of the four pieces was presented to the House by the Speaker on May 28, 1926.
There are scattered efforts across the country to elect progressive councils but the left needs to focus on serious resources and planning if civic politics is to become the battleground for changing the political culture.