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The political parties led by Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Andrew Scheer, New Democrat Jagmeet Singh, Green Elizabeth May and the People’s Party’s Maxime Bernier should be pressed to increase the diversity of their candidates. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Want more diversity in politics? Start by looking at political parties

Opinion|By Erin Tolley
Researchers have largely concluded that when women and minorities run, they win. What this means is that if parties nominated more diverse candidate slates, there would be more diversity in Parliament.
No matter how successful a Black person may be, gatekeepers are always there to remind them that race plays a role in society, whether you are on your way to earning your PhD or your place in Parliament.
Opinion|By Monica Ell-Kanayuk
A strengthened Coast Guard presence, the eventual settling of our UNCLOS claims and recognition of shared sovereignty and Inuit righths in the Arctic will help reinforce a cooperative approach to problem solving.
Opinion|By Stuart Chambers
Since leaving public service in 2015, Stephen Harper’s rigid ideological thinking has become even more entrenched.
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
The ministers overseeing the Health, Justice, and Innovation departments must do a better job of living up to the prime minister's promises on transparency.
Opinion|By Barry R. Campbell
To constrain the flow of information between the public sector and the private sector and to close the door on that vital exchange will isolate public policy decision-makers and inevitably lead to poorer decisions.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
To be blunt, the only thing that outweighs the absurdity of the official White House statement on the new travel restrictions is the hypocrisy.
Opinion|By Perry Bellegarde
Three important pieces of legislation sit in the Senate today, subject to the whim of a small group of Senators, which is a gross undermining of the democratic process.
Hill Times Columnists

John Turner is still passionate about democracy and the central role of politics and public life. And these passions were on full display: he talked about the importance of a healthy democracy, and a strong political engagement by Canadians, and a central role for MPs in setting the country’s agenda, debating policy and determining the laws of the country.
I understand the operational necessity of having our fighter aircraft stationed in northern outposts. However, the question begs, do our pilots and their families need to be permanently based there?
The best outcome would be to resolve the case, with Meng’s return to China before the summer. This would free Liberals to focus on electoral issues, not international irritants. If it takes a former prime minister to get us there, so be it.
But what about the planet? There has been too little room in this debate for a thoughtful, passionate defence of stringent environmental protections, unfettered by short-term economic considerations—before it is too late to reverse course.
We have the good fortune in the Great White North of having witnessed a grand total of two deaths at the hands of terrorists since 9/11. When this figure is compared to the numbers of victims of drug overdoses, domestic abuse, or even throughout the MMIW tragedy, it is hard not to conclude that terrorism is an insignificant blip in our country and suggests that we need to focus resources elsewhere to deal with vastly larger social ills and threats.
Come October, Andrew Scheer will be asking Canadians for their vote and but trust that he can keep Indigenous people, Canadians of colour, LGBTQ2S Canadians, and religious minorities safe from members of his own party.
In normal circumstances, beating Trump in 2020 would be a laugher. But again, in normal circumstances, he wouldn’t be … you know.
Opinion|Tim Powers
The prime minister may apologize too much, but Andrew Scheer also needs more than words.
Treat the public like a bunch of dazzled rubes, avoid annoying demands for consultation and advance information, personal grudges are as good a basis for public policy as anything else, and other lessons from year one.
Hydrographic surveys are required to produce nautical charts, and updated surveys allow for safer and more efficient marine transportation in Canada’s northern waters.
Not only has the veterans affairs portfolio been deprioritized, but the prime minister has also betrayed a formal commitment he made to Canada’s veterans and their families during the 2015 election campaign.
Opinion|Geoff Norquay
Without any consultation on public discussion, Mario Dion erected a significant new barrier to exempt staff in ministers' offices joining the public service.
Regardless of how the latest U.S.-Mexico tension unfolds, the takeaway for Canada is that the outcome of the NAFTA redo forced by Trump is as unpredictable as ever.
Hill Times Columnists

The Conservatives will likely use any Justin Trudeau gaffe to bolster their argument that Canada needs more competent leadership. So Trudeau’s needs to get better.
In the United States being white will usually make the police take a charitable view, but in the United Kingdom the best strategy is to say that you are planning to go into politics.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sure has to sharpen up his communications skills and not be a hypocrite.
Like everything else in Trumpian Washington, impeachment would make previous iterations seem both sane and dignified.
Social media has become a key way to connect with voters, with Instagram in particular as the main platform to engage with younger people whose votes may be up for grabs.
When women tend to be the first in and the first out, why would any woman of substance, conviction, and integrity run for office, let alone leadership?
The image of a man staring down a column of tanks in Beijing 30 years ago is an indestructible tribute to what the tanks of D-Day were defending 45 years earlier.
There is no commemorative coin for the Italian campaign, no CBC specials, no documentaries. Aside from a Facebook page and some blogs, the Italian campaign is a forgotten chapter in our history.
Rodger Cuzner had a massive impact in Ottawa by being who he is. He did Cape Breton proud because he reminded the rest of us what fine, capable leaders look and act like.
Opinion|Perrin Beatty
Given the gravity of the current situation, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is engaging in an ongoing dialogue with our members about our country’s future relationship with China.
Opinion|Douglas Roche
Former Senator Doug Roche talks about his longtime friend, Joe Clark, who celebrates the 40th anniversary this week on becoming prime minister back on June 4, 1979.
Opinion|Sarah King
Despite all signs pointing to the need to follow the lead of other jurisdictions taking steps to ban single-use plastics, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and the Trudeau government have largely skirted the issue.
Is the report stating they aren’t a threat to the combat readiness of the CAF, or towards Canadians in general?
Hill Times Columnists

There are more unknowns than certainties heading into the next election, and the political dynamics could still change for the worse for Trudeau’s Liberals.
It looks like we are about to step backwards as politicians want to be safe in talking about some romantic health-care system that doesn’t exist as opposed to the one that does.
Assuming NAFTA 2.0 is not at a dead end, Justin Trudeau will at least be able to tell voters this fall that he managed in the face of Donald Trump’s irrational protectionism to preserve free trade with the U.S.
The PM doesn’t need to add a backflip on the F-35 to his dubious record on saying one thing and doing another.
As the city reaches one million citizens, its planning committee has outdone itself and approved something for the Château Laurier that can only be generously described as a mix between an air filter and a radiator.
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