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On political activities, the Public Service Commission deserves to be challenged

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
It put me through the ringer when I ran as a federal candidate in 2011. The Public Service Employment Act ought to be updated to be fairer.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Those who are quick to condemn Sir John A. Macdonald's role in building Canada fail to recognize we would more than likely not have a country without him.
When we say 'The world needs more Canada,' we should be proud to entertain others, encourage our artists, and tell our stories at home and abroad.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
OTTAWA—Phoenixed. When a noun becomes a verb, you know it has become ubiquitous and, more than likely, egregious. So it is with the poorly conceived and badly executed Phoenix pay system. What began as a…
When I was an undergrad student a million years ago, I was fortunate to study international affairs under Professor King Gordon at the University of Ottawa. Gordon had a wealth of national and international experience…
When I first arrived in Ottawa as a student in 1972, I logged a couple hundred kilometres skating the Rideau Canal with my then-girlfriend from December to March. Each night at 10, we would head…
The late Neil Postman, who was arguably the intellectual heir of Marshall McLuhan, was one of the most articulate critics of television. In his 1985 book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Postman wrote of the decline…
In 2003, George W. Bush’s administration established a novel initiative to prevent attacks on American interests from the sea, or to prevent transport of fissile materials that could be used in weapons of mass destruction.…
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Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
In one of the late Stan Rogers’ few politically themed songs, “The House of Orange,” he confronts an Irish Republican Army (IRA) fundraiser and refuses to contribute, because, despite his Irish heritage, he is a…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
In my time as a reporter, UN worker, and public servant, I have met many people in public life. The three most memorable were Peter Lougheed, Pierre Trudeau, and René Lévesque. When I arrived in…
OTTAWA—In two of her greatest works, Paris 1919 and The War that Ended Peace, author Margaret MacMillan sketches out both the causes and the effects of the so-called “Great War.” Throughout the 20th century, the…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
OTTAWA—The fallout from the Oct. 1 referendum in Catalonia—the Spanish government’s decision to jail members of the Catalan cabinet and seek the arrest of leader Carles Puigdemont—is a vivid reminder that politics can be a…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The Abominable “No” Man. That is what a journalist friend called me when I worked as press secretary to the solicitor general in the 1980s, mainly because I was reluctant to provide easy access to…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
OTTAWA—When I was 18, Dr. Henry Morgentaler opened an abortion clinic in Montreal, and for several years after was dragged through the courts repeatedly; each time he was acquitted. In order to raise awareness, stickers…
OTTAWA—There is a country where almost half of the adult population cannot read this column. You might presume it’s in the developing world. It’s not: it is Canada. And sadly, few Canadians acknowledge it, and…
OTTAWA—More than a decade ago, the foreign ministry had an “outreach” program, which consisted of speakers—many ambassadors, but often foreign service officers like me—who went across the country speaking to the public about foreign policy.…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
OTTAWA—My father was no expert in political science, but he gave me some advice many years ago that stuck with me when I ran for office: “When someone tells you they are going to vote…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Point seven per cent. It is perhaps the most bandied about and least understood phrase in the global development “catechism.” The figure refers to the objective of offering seven-tenths of one per cent of gross…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The death of Gretta Chambers on Sept. 9 did not make national headlines, but it struck a profound chord with Quebecers. Chambers was one of that generation of great Montrealers who sought to build bridges…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
KAMOURASKA, QUE.—My neighbour here flies his Quebec fleur-de-lis flag proudly. There is a fresh blue flag on his immaculate, six-metre flag post every summer. Down the road at the Kamouraska cemetery, the member of the…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
KAMOURASKA, QUE.—Whenever friends visit from elsewhere, I make sure to bring them to a small graveyard and chapel located about five kilometres outside of the current town of Kamouraska. A large sign identifies it as…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
OTTAWA—A few months ago I appeared in front of the planning committee of Ottawa city council, and pointed out that a development on Main Street had not offered services or signs in English and French.…
KAMOURASKA, QUE.—In 1976, many commentators outside of Quebec attributed the victory of René Lévesque and the Parti Québécois to the leader’s charisma and the desire for independence. Within Quebec, some were astute enough to note…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
In June 1959, I was taken to my grandmother’s house in Lower Westmount in Montreal in my Sunday best. On Sherbrooke Street, I stood on a mailbox and held a large Union Jack. After what…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
In 1996, I was living in Geneva and was contacted by a Chinese company selling space in an industrial park in the undeveloped Shenzhen economic zone north of Hong Kong. A colleague and I went…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Few people can say where they were 33 years ago; I know exactly where I was on July 16, 1984: celebrating royal assent of legislation to create the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. It had taken…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
OTTAWA—Retirement. It is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of many, and conjures up notions of being put out to pasture. For those in the public service, it is the new reality, especially…
OTTAWA—On March 31, Newfoundland and Labrador will celebrate 68 years since it joined Canada, the last province to do so. In this 150th year of celebration, it is worthwhile to examine our youngest province’s perspective…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
On a May afternoon in 1995 I was sitting with my father in the living room of his apartment in Montreal, when my sister called in tears to say my mother had died. A few…

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