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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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