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Important questions for a Canada that’s ‘better than we know and worse than we think’

By Jim Creskey      

Mary Jo Leddy's Why Are We Here? A Meditation on Canada is a new book full of honest questions about Canada.

There is no political agenda here; no partisan program but there is, says Mary Jo Leddy, a starting point. 'This would mean, for starters, saying at least this: We are not here just to make a living. We are not here just to go shopping. We are not here just to look out for ourselves—and our own barbeques. We are meant for more than this.'

We have to admit that we are not very good at asking questions in this town. When we ask a question “with respect” we mean just the opposite. Opposition MPs craft questions meant to embarrass. Journalists plumb—not too subtly—for the gotcha moment. Tweeters and reader commenters use their questions to point out how clever they are and how stupid their adversaries are.

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You Might Be From Canada If…
You Might Be From Canada If . . . is a delightful, illustrated romp through this country as it celebrates its 150th birthday.

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Inside Ottawa Directory – 2019 Edition
The handy reference guide includes: riding profiles, MPs by province, MP contact details, both Hill and constituency and more.

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Spinning History: A Witness to Harper’s Canada and 21st Century choices
An unvarnished look at the Harper years and what lies ahead for Canadians

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Canada Proud’s Jeff Ballingall joins O’Toole leadership team

The Canada Proud Facebook page, which is followed by more than 190,000 people, posted a glowing quote about Mr. O'Toole from a column by Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley.

Public servants still waiting to engage with public service renewal parl sec

News|By Mike Lapointe
Liberal MP Omar Alghabra is the ‘first parliamentary secretary to be tasked to exercise leadership in this area,’ according to the Prime Minister's Office, but unions say they haven’t heard from him yet.

Trudeau set right tone in the days after Flight 752 downing, say foreign policy experts

News|By Neil Moss
Trudeau's comments have underpinned Canada's interests-based foreign policy, says former diplomat Colin Robertson.

One patrol ship and 118 Crown vehicles vandalized, part of $24.2-million in lost property in 2018-19

Federal court pay outs totalled roughly $28.1-million in 2018-19, including a roughly $10-million court award paid out by Global Affairs Canada under NAFTA’s Chapter 11.

Canada mulling compensation for families of crash victims, says MP Alghabra

News|By Palak Mangat
'We will not accept a situation where we are not being given the information we are looking for,' says Transport Minister Marc Garneau of the deadly Jan. 8 plane crash in Iran that left 57 Canadians dead.

PMO spent $9.7-million in 2018-19, ministerial office spending rises 10.5 per cent: public accounts

Meanwhile, the foreign affairs ministerial team once again led travel spending in 2018-19, with a combined total of $221,111 expensed to Global Affairs Canada.

‘Still a mess, still needs a lot of work’: Shared Services Canada gets new master under digital government minister

News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says her union was not involved in discussions with the PMO prior to the decision to move Shared Services Canada under the minister of digital government.

Baird’s post-mortem on campaign may not be ‘as relevant’ as party braces for election of new leader, says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Palak Mangat
'They’ll probably disregard a lot, and, say, ‘Well, that was Andrew, I’m a different person, and I won’t have the same challenges that he had. My approach will be different,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.

Liberals still haven’t had a national caucus discussion about federal election outcome and they want one, say Grit MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
The Trudeau Liberals are holding their winter national caucus meeting in Ottawa Jan. 22-24; however, it's unclear if the party’s electoral performance will be dissected at the meeting.
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