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Canada’s federal Parliament should follow the lead of Ontario and Quebec, which have made proposals towards responsible digital innovation within a legal framework that recognizes privacy as a fundamental human right, writes Daniel Therrien, Canada’s privacy commissioner. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Building back better requires strong, effective regulation of digital world

Opinion|By Daniel Therrien
Laws need to be modernized to provide more flexibility in the use of personal information for legitimate business interests. But this should be done within a rights-based framework.
Opinion|By Catherine Grenier
Canada’s corporations and individuals have a major role to play in forest conservation as governments cannot do it alone.
The Americans, even before Trump left office, realized it was in a no-win situation and began discussions with China undermining its extradition request to Canada.
While many Canadians are relieved at having dodged the AUKUS bullet, it should be viewed as a strategic humiliation for the credibility of Canadian reliability, strength, and values.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
On health, climate, energy, the pandemic, childcare, and possibly pharmacare, Trudeau’s government will have to navigate pronounced regional divisions and try to win consensus with a mixed bag of premiers.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
However the electoral arithmetic works out, it will likely lead to much commotion but not much change in keeping with the sane and undramatic politics of Germany.
Opinion|By Melissa Chee
Regardless of political persuasion, Canadians are clamouring for jobs they can rely on and an economy that can support them. We need a political commitment at the federal level to a reimagined, modern economy.
Opinion|By Dan Clement
A committed partnership between the federal government and the charitable sector is key to an equitable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Every single MP, come Sept. 21, should be scheduling in their first trip to the nearest residential school search for unmarked graves, and every single MP should be in an Indigenous community on Sept. 30.
When it comes ramping up our collective defence forces to counter China’s burgeoning military muscle, Canada is in fact already keeping pace.
A petition to dump Erin O’Toole is already circulating and you don’t even have to be a party member to sign.
In retrospect, the election looks far from inconsequential; it may even look momentous, notwithstanding the absence of a radical shift in seats.
This is not a trivial matter. Canada faces urgent challenges. There are no easy silver bullets that will overcome our economic, social, and environmental challenges, just hard choices.
While we are proud of our conservation efforts and successes to date, we know that without stronger and more robust legislation and standards, we will collectively lose the fight to protect nature for future generations.
Opinion|Sean Bruyea
Whatever party governs after election day, Canadians will need to be engaged. The best vehicles to involve Canadians on veterans’ issues are to hold either nationwide public hearings or strike a judicial inquiry.
All signs point to Canada getting its version of a 21st century populist. The duration of its existence and prominence in Canadian politics is still unknown.
Opinion|Jay Cockburn
An upstart Conservative party leader putting on a friendly, faux-progressive face. He’s looking to take power, a struggling centre-left governing party stares down the barrel of a global crisis.
Canada needs to move quickly to implement proportional EV consumer supports and strategic industrial investments if we are to keep pace with other countries and realize the supply chain and manufacturing opportunities.
If Canada wants to be more than just a back-row supporter of nuclear disarmament it will need to invest some diplomatic energy in this endeavour.
On Sept. 20, one of the two largest Canadian political parties is likely to win the election. Both are supporting new nuclear infrastructure development. The victor will oversee a fund with up to $8-billion.
Let’s continue to think of all the lives that would have been better or made longer. Because pharmacare is the right thing to do.
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The anxiety of the pandemic, increased time spent online, and a former American president that platformed hate are all ingredients to a cauldron of white supremacy that’s about to boil over.
‘Containing’ China is just as much the focus of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue as ‘containing’ the Soviet Union was when the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was founded 72 years ago.
Erin O’Toole was not only battling the Liberals and the NDP in this election, he was also fighting his own party’s past, implicitly demonizing its former leaders as out of touch dinosaurs.
A number of dynamics are likely to play out that could see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take a bow before we are back at the polls again, and sailing will not be smooth for Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole.
Convincing opposition leaders to get onside with the Liberals won't be easy.
You’d think where parties and their leaders stand on making the workplace safer for women would feature prominently in the current election campaign. It hasn’t yet.
Opinion|Pierre Cyr
In the tight two-party race we are currently witnessing nationally, strong local campaigns can make all the difference between winning and losing dozens of seats.
Opinion|Michael May
To ensure we do not experience the same issues in the future around emerging technology platforms, we need to transition from a pandemic focus and execute on a robust manufacturing strategy.
Opinion|Gar Pardy
Quebec's secularism law is expected to be appealed before the Supreme Court of Canada.
In 1968, Canadians had insatiable hope in the Trudeau dynasty creating a new Canadian polity that affirmed both individual liberty and progressivist state care. That dream is fading quickly into distressing anger.
Opinion|Max Jiang
In this unnerving climate, with the resurgence of geopolitical rivalries and economic downturns, what better opportunity could there be to break the ice than an international collaboration that looks toward setting up a
The human condition renders every one of us ordinary, but with the capacity to be exceptional. It is something our politicians might remember as they seek our votes on Sept. 20: a little humility can go a long way.
I was trying to think of a more abject, bold-faced repudiation by a political leader of his own party’s platform on an issue of significance. I couldn’t think of one.
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The rationale for an election and the timing for an election have lined up. The campaigning will informally begin on June 24.
A smooth-working minority Parliament, while not impossible, seems highly unlikely.
At the risk of jinxing it, it seems like the virtual spaces our lives have migrated to in lockdown have become more humane.
If O’Toole does win on Sept. 20, he will wake up with a mounting pile of IOUs to people like François Legault, who will be telling him to ‘pay up.’
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