The bottom line: 57 per cent of Canadians feel government should do more to ensure their economic and social security. This is not a call for small government or for making tax cuts a priority. The decline in the purchasing power of wages, increasing job instability and the growth of non-standard jobs are major worries for many Canadians and they want government to help.
More Canadians are working than ever before—some 18.9 million in March—and the unemployment rate is down to 5.8 per cent. Yet for many Canadians there is little cause for celebration, writes David Crane. The Hill Times file photograph
TORONTO—More Canadians are working than ever before—some 18.9 million in March—and the unemployment rate is down to 5.8 per cent. Yet for many Canadians there is little cause for celebration.
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One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.