National Newswatch

Competition provides the best results

Nov 18 2014 — Colin Kenny — With its current fleet of frigates and destroyers getting close to the best before date, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is at an important fork in the road. The Harper government has plans for the construction of 15 Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) to replace the old fleet and has chosen Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax to […]

Frances Russell

Absolute Power in the Hands of Just One Man

Nov 12 2014 — Frances Russell — There is only one word to describe Party Of One, award-winning journalist Michael Harris’ massive and powerfully written biography of Canada’s 22nd prime minister. Shocking. In the space of less than a decade, Canada has been transformed from a parliamentary democracy where the government of the day answers to the people through their elected representatives […]

Don Lenihan's Public Voice(s)

Why mandatory voting is a bad idea: A debate with Andrew Coyne

Nov 11 2014 — Don Lenihan — Greetings! I’m delighted to see you all here today. Thank you so much for coming out. I’d also like to thank Roland Paris and the Centre for International Policy Studies for hosting this event and Kate Heartfield for generously agreeing to moderate. Now, although I’m arguing against mandatory voting, it is NOT because I think this infringes on personal freedom, as many people argue. Andrew has already done a fine job of answering them. Like him, I regard the question as more practical: do the benefits outweigh the costs? In my view, they do not.


Plenty of law, not enough money

Nov 11 2014 — Colin Kenny — In light of the tragic events in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the Harper government is looking to increase the powers of our national security agencies to combat terrorism. But the greatest challenge facing our security officials isn’t a lack of powers. They already have plenty of them. The problem is a lack of funding. For years […]