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Peter Clark

Trans Pacific Partnership talks might go into overtime as negotiators pursue deal

Jul 30 2015 — Peter Clark — Trade expert Peter Clark is in Lahaina, Hawaii, where he will be reporting on talks at the Trans Pacific Partnership Ministerial meeting. Lahaina, Hawaii – The eagles have landed on Ka’anapali Beach. Canada’s Trade Minister Ed Fast arrived Monday evening to join United States Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman and 8 other TPP decision makers. Peru’s […]

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TPP Shakedown in Maui

Jul 29 2015 — Scott Sinclair and Stuart Trew — A shakedown is defined as extortion by means of force, threats, or intimidation. That’s a pretty accurate description of what’s now happening in Hawaii to Canadian negotiators at the hands of their U.S. counterparts in charge of the more political than economic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. Predictably, the Canadian big business community is urging our […]

Carlo Berardi

We all agree on the need for pharmacare. But what would it look like?

Jul 28 2015 — Carlo Berardi — One thing is clear in the debate around pharmacare: Canadians want a pan-Canadian pharmacare program—the question is, what kind? While there is clear consensus that Canadians overwhelmingly support the “concept” of pharmacare, determining what the program would look like—what Canadians are looking for in such a program—is where the national conversation needs to shift. Filling […]

Maddison Long

Floor-crossing: how often is political re-branding successful?

Jul 24 2015 — — Though floor-crossing sparks controversy whenever it occurs, the political phenomenon is a well-established tradition in parliamentary democracies. (Winston Churchill crossed the floor twice!) When MP Eve Adams left the Conservative caucus to join the Liberals earlier this year she was just the latest in a long line of floor-crossers at the federal or provincial level in Canada. Interestingly, little attention is usually paid to floor-crossers' ultimate political fate – largely due to the fact that their individual situations are understandably overshadowed by the focus on the outcome of general elections.

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The most important choice anyone can make

Jul 24 2015 — Don Lenihan — Last week, Justice Minister Peter MacKay struck a committee to respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling that Canadians have a right to die with dignity. The task is nothing less than to shed the state’s antiquated views on dying and to position this new right as the highest expression of our most cherished value: autonomy. […]


A plan for a vibrant and sustainable CBC

Jul 22 2015 — Art Eggleton — The Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications has released a report on the future of the CBC. I was a part of that study, but I could not support the report. Some Conservative members of the committee spent too much time denouncing the CBC and not enough time on building a way forward. Regrettably, […]

Andrew Faas

Senate harassment: Meredith episode highlights common problem of workplace bullying

Jul 21 2015 — Andrew Faas — With everything sitting Senators have been charged with, accused of, or are under investigation for, should we really be surprised that bullying is the latest sordid addition? News of psychological harassment and bullying accusations against Senator Don Meredith, albeit unproven, further speaks to the culture of impunity that even optimists must now admit permeates our […]


Fraser Institute flat wrong on CPP

Jul 21 2015 — Andrew Jackson — A new study from the Fraser Institute argues that expanding the Canada Pension Plan or CPP and raising contribution rates to increase benefits would reduce private retirement savings on almost a dollar for dollar basis. Thus they say a bigger CPP would do little to improve retirement income security. The key problem with the study […]

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Is the sun setting on Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system?

Jul 20 2015 — David McLaughlin — Will this October be the last election in Canada under our first-past-the-post electoral system? If NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau have their way, yes. Both have announced their intention to end the current electoral system in favour of one with more proportionality.  Mr. Mulcair proposes a mixed-member proportional representation (MMP)system while […]

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Misinformation Clouds Debate on Electoral Reform

Jul 20 2015 — Kelly Carmichael and Ryan Campbell — “Canadians deserve a more particularized discussion of any bid to retool their most basic, legitimizing interface with government machinery.” This is how a recent article by former Liberal staffer Douglas Judson on electoral reform concludes. We, and we're sure many other advocates of reform agree. Unfortunately the article itself only detracts from this goal by providing factually incorrect claims that only obfuscate and cloud the debate on electoral reform.


Obama’s diplomatic achievements

Jul 20 2015 — Robert Asselin — Not long ago, the pundits and chattering class were turning off the lights on the Obama presidency. They said he had failed to live up to the promise of the hopes he had created as a presidential candidate. After the 2014 midterm election, the President looked isolated politically and the prospects of success on the […]

Douglas Judson

Why does Mulcair’s NDP think less democracy is more democratic?

Jul 17 2015 — Douglas Judson — Tom Mulcair’s commitment to implement a mixed-member proportional (MMP) electoral system has received alarmingly sparse coverage or analysis, despite the seismic impact it would have on our political culture, traditions, and institutional values. Make no mistake, the NDP’s insistence on MMP requires Canadians to believe that less democracy is somehow more democratic. With self-congratulatory fanfare, […]