Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, centre, pictured with his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, second right, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef, left, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, second left, and Women Deliver President and CEO Katja Iversen on the Hill on June 12. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
As facetious as Question Period can get, it does not stop politicians from exhibiting cooperation and an ability to move matters forward. This is something I do not believe I would see in today’s Congress back home.
There is much focus these days on an innovation agenda for Canada. But innovation must apply as well to the workplace and how we ensure that all Canadians have the skills they will need to be active members of society, not marginalized and passive bystanders.
There is still no clear American vision for the future of the Middle East, let alone a serious strategy for accomplishing it. But meanwhile the games-playing continues and intensifies, and it’s only a matter of time before some Russian or American gets killed by the other side. Silly buggers.
The inadequacy of social, economic and health programs have resulted in the use of the criminal system as a default response to issues that it is not designed to handle.
Despite record-setting numbers, refugees make up less than 0.3 per cent of the global population. The global forced displacement challenge is entirely manageable. What is needed, ultimately, is political will, and a global commitment to concrete action.
Sweeping recommendations from the House Environment Committee to strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act would save lives and money.