National Newswatch

Now is not the time to get hysterical about the federal debt

Sep 22 2020 — Marc Lee — Public policy in Canada remains haunted by large deficits that prevailed in the 1980s and early 1990s. With COVID-19 economic response pushing the federal deficit to an estimated $343 billion in 2020/21, some pundits are starting to beat the deficit hysteria drum again. Don’t let big numbers scare you. Here’s why we shouldn’t be worried. […]

Canada cannot have it both ways on climate and fossil fuel expansion

Jan 26 2017 — Marc Lee — With great fanfare and a claim that “Canada is back,” Prime Minister Trudeau helped usher in the Paris Agreement on climate change in December 2015. Since then, however, the federal government has pushed to expand fossil fuel production through new bitumen pipelines and LNG terminals. This contradiction points to a loophole in the Paris Agreement, […]

Memo from Washington: The Pope’s Call for Climate Action

Sep 24 2015 — Marc Lee — To start his US tour, the Pope stated that “climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our ‘common home,’ we are living at a critical moment of history.” Speaking on behalf the poorest people – those who will be most adversely affected […]