National Newswatch

Bigger ghosts in Mulcair’s closet

Jul 4 2015 — Deveryn Ross — If they are going to attack the man, they should at least use the right material. Earlier this week, Maclean’s magazine reported that “NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was in discussions in 2007 to join the Conservative party as a senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, discussions that several sources… say was the first step […]

Don Lenihan, Canada2020

Raising the Bar on Public Engagement

Jul 3 2015 — Don Lenihan — Ontario could be on the verge of changing Canadian politics. Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to find a principled way to give citizens and stakeholders a more meaningful voice in the policy process. To see how and why, let’s start with two examples where conventional policymaking has failed. In the run-up to the Alberta election, Premier […]

John Milloy

The Middle Class Drinking Game

Jun 24 2015 — John Milloy — Remember the Bob Newhart drinking game? Friends would watch The Bob Newhart Show and take a shot every time someone said “Hi, Bob.” It’s tempting to start a similar game during this unofficial federal election campaign. Whenever a party leader says “middle class” you have to take a drink. We need to fight this temptation. Our health […]

Deani Van Pelt and Jason Clemens

Education Facts in Alberta

Jun 23 2015 — Deani Van Pelt and Jason Clemens — Expectations are growing in many circles that the new NDP government in Alberta will be transformative. Several interest groups are beginning to place markers about the direction and degree of change they expect from the Notley government in education. The key to any successful transformation, however, is that it’s based on facts rather than wishful […]

Don Lenihan, Canada2020

Will Trudeau’s “Real Change” lead to bad policymaking?

Jun 20 2015 — Don Lenihan — Earlier this week, Justin Trudeau proposed to strengthen the Access to Information Act and to extend it to include ministers’ offices, which, currently it does not. Yesterday Andrew MacDougall weighed in, wondering if Trudeau is “nuts.” There is a serious dispute here over governance styles and it merits attention, so let’s take a closer look. […]

robert brown

What do Canadians need from pension reform?

Jun 19 2015 — Robert L. Brown — A gentle policy nudge to enhance coverage and pension contributions – here’s how. Pension reform continues to hold interest across the country, especially given the willingness of the federal Conservatives to at least talk about expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Pundits and politicos are weighing in now with blunt talk of ‘voluntary’ or ‘mandatory’ […]