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Failure to invest in government capacity is a luxury we can’t afford

By Natasha Tusikov and Blayne Haggart       

The Canadian government must have sufficient in-house, or in-government, capacity to address and evaluate changes in the knowledge-driven economy, from a Canadian public-interest perspective.

The small-government era began with the view, imported from the United States and the United Kingdom, that government itself was the problem. Forty years later, having weathered a global pandemic, a technological revolution and the rewiring of the international system, it’s increasingly obvious that government isn’t the problem, it’s part of the solution. But only if it has the tools to do the job. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

After years of public concern about the largely unchecked spread of online hate and illegal content on social media platforms, the Canadian government is introducing new rules to govern online content. The legislation is expected to include a new regulatory body, new law enforcement powers, and the new ability to audit platforms’ algorithms—their valuable “secret sauce” that determines what users see. This legislation follows on the heels of Bill C-11 that proposes to modernize Canadian privacy law by setting controls on a data economy fuelled by the massive collection and processing of people’s personal data.

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Increasing tally of early voters adding new dimension to campaign calculus

Advance voting jumped as much as 19.5 per cent this election, and use of special ballots, the majority of which are filled out ahead of election day, increased by roughly 59.4 per cent.

Trudeau ‘dodged the bullet’ but will now run the country and party from a ‘weakened’ position, say politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
'They had that big stick in their hand, which was the election call. They cannot call an election for at least the next year, without the opposition doing egregious things,' says pollster Greg Lyle.

Conservative Party national councillor launches online petition to oust O’Toole

News|By Abbas Rana
For the first time in the party’s history, a Conservative member has initiated a petition to call a referendum on the party leader. But, the Conservative Party’s president has questioned the online petition’s validity.

Political leaders need to address violence, hate seen on campaign trail, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism director Barbara Perry says there has been a 'perfect storm' that has led to the incidents of hate and violence that have been seen on the campaign trail.

Ex-Ontario House leader Naqvi will take procedural bonafides to the Commons

News|By Neil Moss
Along with his time as House leader, the Liberal MP-elect served under the Wynne government as Ontario’s attorney general, minister of community safety and correctional services, and as labour minister.

Minor House shakeup sees more than 40 new faces preparing to enter Parliament

News|By , Matt Horwood
With 34 ridings with no incumbent contesting the race and a total of 16 flipped seats, at least 44 new people are projected to join the House's class of 2021, including the first Filipina-Canadian to hold federal office.

Veteran provincial politician Yasir Naqvi’s win keeps Ottawa Centre under federal Liberal banner

News|By Neil Moss
'These are big shoes,' Yasir Naqvi said of previous MPs who represented Ottawa Centre, Ont.

Trudeau Liberals return to preside over minority Parliament after mid-pandemic election

As of press deadline on Sept. 21, the Liberals had won or were leading in 156 ridings, the Conservatives 121, the Bloc Québécois 32, the NDP 27, and the Green Party in two.

‘It looks like nobody wanted an election and no one got what they wanted’: what pollsters, politicos, and reporters had to say about Election 44

News|By Matt Horwood
Difficulties with voting captured the attention of Canadians on Twitter, as many complained of long lines, being turned away at polls and issues with Elections Canada's website.
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