National Newswatch

Sustainable Procurement for a Greener Economy

Aug 5 2022 — Mark Lambert — The Federal Budget 2022 saw the Government of Canada return to many pressing social priorities that had been put on the backburner by the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology companies who work with the Canadian government should place close attention to new sustainability procurement rules. The concept of sustainable procurement is widely known and adopted globally but […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Ernest Manning and Social Credit win their fifth straight majority victory in Alberta

Aug 5 2022 — Arthur Milnes — On this date in 1952 Alberta voters granted their Premier, Ernest Manning and his Social Credit party, their fifth straight majority mandate. By the time Premier Manning would step down as Premier in 1968 he had won eight straight majorities, a record that still stands in his province. In 1970 the former Alberta Premier was […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Michaëlle Jean announced as Canada’s next Governor General

Aug 4 2022 — Arthur Milnes — History was made on this date in 2005 with the announcement by Prime Minister Paul Martin that Michaëlle Jean would become our nation’s 27th Governor General. She then became Canada’s second female Governor General and the first Black person to represent Her Majesty the Queen in Canada. Her story is all the more remarkable when you […]

It’s Just Talk on Just Transition

Aug 3 2022 — David Billedeau and Nicholas Palaschuk — Is the concept of a “Just Transition” just talk? While Ottawa continues to—rightfully—move forward with its net-zero ambitions, key elements of how Canada decarbonizes remain undefined. A principle in practice, the idea of Just Transition holds that a healthy economy and clean environment should co-exist and the processes for achieving this should not come at the […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Canada hosts Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting for first time at Mont-Tremblant

Aug 2 2022 — Arthur Milnes — It was a very big day in the history of Canadian diplomacy on August 2, 1973 as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, as Chair of the second Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, brought his fellow leaders to order as the conference began. Over the next eight days Commonwealth leaders agreed upon a statement declaring the diverse […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Dief officially opens the Trans-Canada Highway

Jul 30 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was at British Columbia’s famous Rogers Pass on this date in 1962 to officially dedicate and declare open that Trans-Canada Highway which linked, like the CPR decades before, Canadians from sea-to-shining-sea. In his memoirs, written in political retirement, Dief looked back with pride on the role his government played in bringing […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: R.B. Bennett and his Tories send Mackenzie King and his Liberals packing!

Jul 28 2022 — Arthur Milnes — It was a great date to be a Conservative in Canada on July 28, 1930. R.B. Bennett, the leader of Canada’s federal Tories since 1927, received a majority mandate from Canadian voters in the general election. But, in the temporary glory of victory on election night, the Prime Minister-designate could hardly imagine the dark times […]

A Future Without Ukraine?

Jul 28 2022 — Glen Pearson — The contrasts grow starker as Europeans increasingly complain about the stringencies the war between Russia and Ukraine has caused, while Ukrainian refugees wonder if the country they knew intimately will still exist should they ever return. The uncertainty of inflationary costs driven by rising energy prices has the European continent on edge, leaving governments to […]

The centrist case against the Poilievre panic

Jul 27 2022 — Chris Selley — Pierre Poilievre’s apparent chokehold on the Conservative leadership race continues to produce much worry among the chattering classes — worry for the future of the party, worry for the conservative movement and worry for the country. “This will be the most right-wing leader we’ve ever seen in our country’s history,” a Conservative source told Global […]