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Getting Trudeau onside with agrifood growth measures

Apr 26 2017 — — Time is of the essence in convincing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to create an Agrifood Growth Council and instruct government departments to collaborate in removing impediments to the growth in the farm and food sector. That is the consensus of representatives from the agrifood sector in the wake of the Powerhouse report released last week […]

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Getting Trudeau onside with agrifood growth measures

Apr 26 2017 — Alex Binkley — Time is of the essence in convincing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to create an Agrifood Growth Council and instruct government departments to collaborate in removing impediments to the growth in the farm and food sector. That is the consensus of representatives from the agrifood sector in the wake of the Powerhouse report released last week […]

John Milloy

Why has the Canada Summer Jobs Program become mired in politics?

Apr 26 2017 — John Milloy — Have you heard about the controversy surrounding the federal government’s summer jobs program and abortion? Yes, you heard me right — summer jobs and abortion. It’s hard to think of something as controversial as abortion being linked to something as inoffensive as the Canada Summer Jobs Program that offers employers wage subsidies to hire students. […]

Zach Paikin

Three Theses on Canadian Foreign Policy

Apr 25 2017 — Zach Paikin — Despite immense progress in global equality and development over the course of the past seven decades, the world today is characterized by uncertainty and apprehension. This international context is defined above all else by a liberal order in crisis. Non-Western powers are beginning to assert their norms and values – ones that tend to privilege […]

Wendy Levinson

Canadians have more than one million unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures every year

Apr 25 2017 — Wendy Levinson — Each year, there are at least one million unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures done in Canadian health care settings. This means that hundreds of thousands of Canadians are exposed to potential harm by unnecessary care. What constitutes ‘unnecessary care’? Unnecessary care could be a prescription drug, a diagnostic test or a medical procedure that does […]

Glen Pearson

Catch and Release

Apr 25 2017 — Glen Pearson — Author Chris Gould, in his Aristotle: Politics, Ethics and Desirability, made the rather sage observation that, “the best promises forever seem to be made by amnesiacs.”  Politics has frequently been measured as the distance between what a politician promises and what is ultimately delivered.  As voters themselves move all over the political map, those seeking […]

Nick Falvo

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverse

Apr 20 2017 — Nick Falvo — In its recent budget, the Brad Wall government had some difficult choices to make. It could have asked the rich to pay a little more. Instead, it told the poor to pay a lot more. Though this budget may help reduce the provincial deficit, it will be bad for poverty and for the long-term health […]

McNaughton

Trump attack on Canadian dairy policy earns indirect rebuke

Apr 19 2017 — Alex Binkley — An attack on the Canadian dairy system by Donald Trump prompted the federal government to release a letter that says the facts cited by the American President are wrong and ignore reality. In a speech in Wisconsin, Trump said NAFTA is a “one-sided deal” that doesn’t let U.S. dairy farmers compete fairly because of the […]

Scott Sinclair

Five things to know about the Canadian Free Trade Agreement – Behind the Numbers

Apr 12 2017 — Scott Sinclair — Late last week, federal, provincial and territorial governments jointly celebrated the conclusion of a new internal trade deal they’re calling the Canadian Free Trade Agreement. The CFTA replaces the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), which was completed in 1995 and updated a half-dozen times since to respond to business complaints about its usefulness (to them). […]

Glen Pearson

Canada’s Calling Card to a Troubled World

Apr 11 2017 — Glen Pearson — So Donald Trump has bombed a Syrian airfield – twice. Now what? So much has been written and discussed regarding what comes next, but in reality, no one knows – no one. It’s the tale of three presidents – Trump, Putin, and Assad – and the collective volatility of their temperaments confound pundits and average […]

Colin Kenny

Give the RCMP the resources it needs

Apr 5 2017 — Colin Kenny — Last year, Public Safety Minister Goodale signed off on an annual bonus package for top RCMP brass totaling more than $1.7 million. The bonuses were doled out among 96 senior officers and included $295,514 for six Deputy Commissioners – a nine percent increase over their 2015 bonuses. The six deputies have difficult jobs and between […]

Peter Clark and James Anderson

Tweaking the Eagle’s Tail Feathers

Apr 5 2017 — Peter Clark and James Anderson — At first blush the U.S. shopping list for NAFTA renegotiation seems like more of the same – indeed, most of the items have been on the front or back burner for years. Buying into talk of ‘tweaks’ is dangerous and it appears the Federal Government brains trust/war room appears to be becoming downright skeptical about […]