Federal tax policies, provincial problems

Many Government of Canada policies affect provincial governments, directly or indirectly. One of the most important areas is taxation – the life-blood of the body politic. How has this issue been discussed in this federal election?  Living within whose means?  We are constantly told that governments must “live within our…
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Trust and confidence: Post-election cooperation in parliament

It seems increasingly likely that none of the federal parties will win enough seats on October 19 to form a majority government. Broadly speaking, this leaves two possibilities: a minority or a coalition government. Both options demand cooperation and compromise between our parliamentarians—and both may offer many advantages over a…
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Talking turkey this Thanksgiving weekend

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s a good chance you’ll be with family this weekend, sitting around for long periods of time, playing board games, watching TV, eating, and occasionally conversing. Though it breaks the Cardinal Rule of the Dinner Party, it’s almost guaranteed that one of your relatives (maybe even…
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Pipeline politics and the 2015 election

In early 2012, then Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver dropped a bombshell on BC. He asserted that Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline was in the national interest, but, he warned, “environmental and other radical groups” were undermining this effort to diversify Canada’s export markets. If anything, Oliver’s letter only inflamed…
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What’s the big deal? The high stakes of TPP

Conservative Trade Minister Ed Fast flies to Atlanta this week to continue talks on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the largest and most important free trade agreements ever negotiated. A deal is no foregone conclusion—negotiators have already missed several deadlines—but expectations are high that this week’s meetings in…
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Questions for the Munk Debate on foreign policy

Tonight’s Munk Debate on Canadian foreign policy promises to “provide the public with important insights into how our next prime minister will defend and project Canada’s interests and values on the global stage.” Debate moderator Rudyard Griffiths told the Globe and Mail that given the “totally new context and reality”…
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