National Newswatch

China: First the Money. Now the Muscle

Aug 25 2014 — Colin Kenny — China’s rapid economic growth in recent years has changed the global balance of financial power. That’s a challenge to western nations. But China’s subsequent drive toward military ascendancy may be an even bigger challenge. Historically, China hasn’t been one of the world’s military big boys. The Chinese have been pushed around a lot over the […]

Don Lenihan's Public Voice(s)

Harper vs. the premiers: Showdown in PEI?

Aug 25 2014 — Don Lenihan — Stephen Harper is a policy Luddite—and proud of it. In his view, a national inquiry will do nothing to solve the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women. Last week he dismissed talk of finding “root causes” and “systemic issues” as little more than gibberish. When the premiers met in Ontario last year they turned […]


How a national drug plan can boost the Canadian economy

Aug 20 2014 — Marc-André Gagnon — Canadians pay among the highest costs per capita among OECD countries for prescription drugs, with one Canadian out of 10 unable to fill their prescriptions because of financial reasons. According to the recently released study, A Roadmap to a Rational Pharmacare Policy in Canada, commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) there are […]

Frances Russell

A Political Parcel of Rogues

Aug 20 2014 — Frances Russell — So far, the firewall senior Conservative party operatives have erected around the 2011 federal election robocalls scandal has protected every high-profile party functionary who concocted , assisted in or helped conceal one of the biggest political crimes in Canadian history. Make no mistake. These people are very smart and very determined. And no one should […]

Kirsty Duncan

Canada cannot stand by while South Sudan starves

Aug 19 2014 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — August 19th marks World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others, as well as to highlight grave humanitarian crises in the world, and the urgent need for Canada to do more. Currently, there are four countries in the world that share a Level 3 emergency […]


Ten areas of regulatory failure that contributed, directly or indirectly, to the Lac-Mégantic disaster:

Aug 18 2014 — Bruce Campbell — My report, Willful Blindness?, released today, summarizes the regulatory failures behind the Lac-Mégantic tragedy. The federal government has so far not acknowledged any culpability or responsibility for the accident. On the contrary, the Minister has blamed the accident on the negligence of individuals and not on gaps in the regulatory regime. In reality, there were […]