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Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, pictured Feb. 19, 2020, at the House Finance Committee on the Hill. And here’s the thing. His huge wealth does not seem to have obscured his ability to understand the plight of the many little people who are hurting in this pandemic and who needed the big programs like CERB and CEWS or the more boutique life rafts that he threw out to gig workers, single mothers, students and stage hands. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Morneau Doctrine: to be continued or not?

Opinion|By Andrew Cardozo
Here's a list some of the things Bill Morneau has put into place over the last five years and you can read it either as the legacy of a finance minister who is about to exit, or as a list of his achievements.
Opinion|By Bill Henderson
Mitigation and a return to health will require fully functioning markets. We don't need a planned, centralized economy, but we do need vision and good government policy over an uncertain next decade.
Opinion|By Duncan Wilson
If we don’t meet the increasing demand in container trade through the Port of Vancouver, there will be consequences for Canada’s economic progress.
Opinion|By Bruce Carson
The situation with WE Charity has raised questions about the prime minister's judgment, his inability to deal with ethical issues, and now the belief that such matters either do not apply to him.
Opinion|By Emmanuelle Fahey
Engaging Indigenous leaders in the policy-making process is crucial for addressing othering practices that exacerbate these economic, social, and physical vulnerabilities.
Opinion|By Jim Creskey
What this clear and powerful decision does is give everyone concerned, and especially the Liberals and Conservatives, an out.
Opinion|By Darren Touch
Unfortunately for Canada, the 'sleeping elephant' is awake. Every 'twitch and grunt' made will be felt by Canadians from coast to coast to coast. The ideological spiral between the two rivals will continue.
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Indigenous inclusion, with enough numbers to be heard, is fundamental to any democratic structure, especially for one that claims to represent Indigenous peoples in Canada. This also applies to the civil service. We cannot say Canada’s political system and civil service are representative until Indigenous voices are heard and respected on every bill and in every debate and at every parliamentary and cabinet committee table. The upcoming generation of Indigenous leaders will not accept anything less; not a watered-down toothless pilot, and not a tearful apology to cover up lack of action. We are part of this country, and it’s time to change structures to respect our voices.
For a man who has repeatedly claimed to be 'the most militaristic person ever,' Donald Trump seems to have little real grasp on how this defence stuff actually works.
Erin O’Toole's fundraising in the second quarter was $1.24-million with Peter MacKay's raising $1.16-million. The difference is not that great, but the momentum shift definitely favours O’Toole. The Conservative voting system also lends itself to surprises.
As a political issue, the environment has definitely been downsized.
All in all, CSE's report is a very welcome peek behind the espionage curtain.
Opinion|Robert Ghiz
The reality is that Canada does not need to make drastic changes to its wireless industry, which remains a bright spot and national success story, even during these challenging times.
Opinion|Tim Powers
While the finance minister and the prime minister have apologized for their mistakes, those acts of contrition do not seem enough for the circumstances.
The U.A.E. and Canadian space agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding co-operation in the exploration and use of space for peaceful purposes in 2018.
As Taiwan also faces existential challenges from China, we see the value in standing in lockstep with the people of Hong Kong.
It is essential that more pragmatically driven collectives of states come together to address both regional and global security challenges. Perhaps the sting of Canada’s loss will feel a little less painful.
The approach has kept relationships strong on the Great Lakes and, in so doing, has bolstered their multi-billion-dollar economic impact, and maintained more than 240,000 Canadian jobs.
For a government that champions gender equality, it sure doesn’t take the concerns of one gender as seriously as another.
Opinion|Sara Anghel
The jobs and economic impact of these investments would be a great boon to all regions of Canada, including rural and remote and Indigenous communities.
Hill Times Columnists

We are amazed, but not amused by all the things you say that you'll do. Though much concerned but not involved with decisions that are made by you.
Popular anger was great even before the 2.75-kilotonne explosion last week. The currency has collapsed, most people’s savings have been wiped out, the country has defaulted on its debt, and there are no jobs for the young.
The Liberals have managed to stealthily degrade the NDP’s brand without anybody seeing it happen. 
Furey’s greatest challenge will not be enthusiasm or passion, but rather the provincial political system that has rarely rewarded disruption and provides benefits for ward keepers who do not shake things up.
Since the PM admits that cabinet practised zero due diligence before handing half a billion dollars to WE Charity, and relied totally on the advice of bureaucrats, who were those bureaucrats, and exactly what investigation of this charity’s fitness for the job was undertaken? Make it public.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
That’s right folks, as hard as it is to fathom, there is actually a monument on Canadian soil that pays tribute to Hitler’s SS troops.
Ottawa has not criticized the devastating U.S. sanctions. Quite the opposite. It has egged the bully on. Canada has imposed four rounds of its own unilateral sanctions on Venezuela, writes Bianca Mugyenyi.
John Lewis embodied a form of resistance that changed history, and a relationship to power that makes today’s so-called ‘strongmen’ look weak.
This lack of official information after such an incident would not be tolerated in any other so-called advanced country; here we live with it.
Opinion|Tshweu Moleme
Any leader in the Prime Minister's Office should be keeping the UN Security Council seat election file alive and ready to pass it on, in the case of a change in political leadership in the country. 
Put simply, Canadian governments have a responsibility to practise smart protectionism where the risks to Canadians’ personal security and national security are high.
While China needs to be encouraged to do more, other countries need to step up to the plate. Wildlife markets exist around the world. This is a global problem, requiring a global solution.
Much has changed in the past few months, and in many ways we have all been forced to adapt. Let’s embrace this opportunity to change by laying the groundwork of a digital infrastructure that works for every Canadian.
Hill Times Columnists

Canada should support coherent, long-term strategy, and reject Trump’s alternative. This should be a key message from the House of Commons committee. If its work is to have value, it should be hearing witnesses and looking at how a Canadian framework would work within a more enlightened superpower U.S.-China understanding. It mustn’t make this a lost opportunity.
As the epidemic reshapes everything, it’s time for the country to put aside traditional convictions and economic frameworks and try to pull together to build a future better suited to a changing, endangered world.
As Beijing has reminded us repeatedly lately, Joe McCarthy gave McCarthyism a bad name. Problem solved!
It is counterproductive to discriminate against anyone on the basis of racial, religious, or ethnic background, not only because it denies them opportunity, but because it denies Canada their talents.
If it's done right, many of Parliament's functions could be moved online. But the opposition parties need to be involved in, and committed to, every aspect of this walk toward virtualization, it won’t work otherwise.
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