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Breakdown lays out a fulsome set of policy recommendations

By Dennis McConaghy      

Breakdown addresses arguably one of the most contentious and consequential set of policy issues facing Canada today—the nexus of resource development, climate change, Indigenous rights and Alberta alienation. It presents the history of four pipeline projects and overlays the political decisions that have resulted in many projects not being supported or being delayed significantly. It's also one of five books nominated for this year's prestigious Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year. This is an excerpt.

Dennis McConaghy, author of Breakdown: The Pipeline Debate and the Threat to Canada’s Future. 'The reason for writing the book was to try to catalyze common ground within  Canada to have both a credible and proportionate national climate policy, while  sustaining the economic contribution of its hydrocarbon production sector. That is as concisely as I can express.' Photograph courtesy of Dundurn

An untenable risk for any future major development of resources or related infrastructure must be confronted. Do the Indigenous Peoples of Canada currently possess a de facto veto or not on major infrastructure projects in Canada? At the end of 2018, this issue remained unresolved, and it may yet undo TMX, despite the Trudeau government’s efforts to remedy the consultation deficiencies cited by the Federal Court of Appeal.

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‘Beirut is bleeding’: Lebanese-Canadian MPs express horror, disbelief in wake of massive explosion

News|By Mike Lapointe
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‘I await your response’: inside N.S. Liberal MPs’ push for a public inquiry

News|By Neil Moss
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Introduction of remote voting in the House could come without unanimous support

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‘No gotcha moments’: Trudeau’s gambit reflects lessons learned from past ethical entanglements

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.

Deepening COVID-19 impact raises the stakes for Canada’s future choices

Opinion|By Les Whittington
As the epidemic reshapes everything, it’s time for the country to put aside traditional convictions and economic frameworks and try to pull together to build a future better suited to a changing, endangered world.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s new premier is one to watch

Opinion|By Tim Powers
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Lewis courts dairy farmers, Sloan attacks WHO as Conservative leadership underdogs burn through cash in late advertising push

Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan spent roughly $20,000 in a week on a last-minute bid to shore up support, while Erin O'Toole's campaign slowed its online ad spending to a trickle.

‘There has never been anything like this before’: experts split on GG’s fate as PCO launches Rideau Hall workplace probe over harassment, bullying claims

‘It’s got to the point, I think, with this particular story, that the governor general should resign,’ says Emmett Macfarlane, professor of constitutional law at the University of Waterloo.

PM’s ‘Tiger Team’ meant to address diversity, inclusion in Canada’s national intelligence and security community hasn’t met since 2018

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Building diverse and inclusive workforces is essential to the effectiveness of the security and intelligence community,' according to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians' annual report.
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