Using student job funding to silence critics

The Liberals’ latest decision means summer employment is now a testing ground for ideological adhesion, obedience and purity

Using student job funding to silence criticsIt’s tough work to imagine two groups more radically different than the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and the gays rights network LGBTory. So when both join the rising chorus opposing changes to what should be among Ottawa’s most innocuous programs, it’s a signal something significant is going on. The Four Cs, as the council…

First Nations spending accountability is essential

Forward-looking Indigenous governments realize that transparency is the only way to improved social and economic conditions

First Nations spending accountability is essentialIt’s distressing that Indigenous activist Harrison Thunderchild has been forced to go to court to make leaders of Saskatchewan’s Thunderchild First Nation disclose expenditures. Parliament passed the First Nations Financial Transparency Act in 2013, when the Conservatives were in power. The law made chief and band council salaries and benefits public information, as well as…

Why did Justin Trudeau rush into a photo-op with Joshua Boyle?

No political spin doctor or Liberal-friendly talking head can ever make Trudeau’s inexplicable meeting with the Boyle family go away

Why did Justin Trudeau rush into a photo-op with Joshua Boyle?Joshua Boyle’s story has never smelled right. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his senior advisers surely knew this, so it boggles the mind why they proceeded with a meeting with the former Afghanistan hostage. The son of a federal tax court judge, Boyle grew up in Breslau, Ont. He graduated from the University of Waterloo…

Boyle, Trudeau visit has a simple explanation

Joshua Boyle met with Justin Trudeau before Christmas. Now, with a photo making the rounds and Boyle facing charges, questions are being asked

Boyle, Trudeau visit has a simple explanationNot so long ago, I was in Vancouver at the same time as Jean Chretien. We decided to get together at a spot in Gastown. It was sunny and a truly beautiful day. Looking outside, Chretien suggested we go for a walk. So we left to take a walk – me, the former prime minister…

Emails destroyed, justice denied?

What part of ‘Don’t delete government emails’ did these Ontario cops not understand?

Emails destroyed, justice denied?Deleted government emails have been hot news in Ontario since former premier Dalton McGuinty’s aides David Livingston and Laura Miller were charged with deliberately destroying records relating to cancelled gas-fired power plants. Now an unrelated Ontario trial has revealed another alleged incident of deliberately deleted government emails. In late 2015, government employees and police raided…

The perils of bottom-line blood collection

Why is Health Canada aiding a private company instead of safeguarding Canadian blood supplies?

The perils of bottom-line blood collectionAs the snow falls and the mercury drops, Health Canada has found itself in some hot water. The trouble has been years in the making – since at least 2013. That’s when Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), a profit-seeking company that pays individuals for their blood plasma, sought to open its first location. A recent media…

Wounded and vulnerable, Trudeau faces his biggest challenge

Aside from the fickleness of the modern voter, the Liberals have done a superb job in starting to dig their political graves

Wounded and vulnerable, Trudeau faces his biggest challengeAfter a wonderful and relaxing Christmas, my thoughts turn to politics (as they often do). In particular, why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will find 2018 to be just as challenging as 2017. The PM’s political honeymoon pretty much ended late this year, and many Canadians are considering political alternatives. We shouldn’t be surprised: aside from…

Loblaw, Weston bake the numbers, burn consumers

As shocking as it was, most of us will eventually forget Loblaw‘s admission of price-fixing. Let’s hope the industry doesn’t

Loblaw, Weston bake the numbers, burn consumersMost Canadians were stunned and dismayed to learn that the country’s leading grocer was caught up in a price-fixing scheme with bread-maker George Weston Ltd., which is owned by the same company. The scheme lasted from 2001 to 2015. As a result, Loblaw Companies Ltd. fired several people and gave $25 gift certificates to millions…

Canada’s tax code is too complicated – even for CRA officials

As tax complexity grows, so do tax compliance costs. Canadians spend nearly $7 billion complying with the personal income tax system each year

Canada’s tax code is too complicated – even for CRA officialsBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Canada’s personal income tax system is complicated and the nuances are often cryptic. So citizens routinely rely on Canada Revenue Agency staff to help them navigate the system. Turns out, the system is often too complicated even for CRA officials to understand. A recent report by Canada’s auditor…

Perhaps the worst cabinet minister in the history of Confederation

Just when you thought Melanie Joly couldn't mess up anything else, she blew $5.6 million on a temporary rink on Parliament Hill

Perhaps the worst cabinet minister in the history of ConfederationDear Canadian Heritage Minister Joly: May I call you Melanie? You’ve blocked my access to your ministerial Twitter account, so please forgive the formality of an open letter. I sense that I’ve upset you, which concerns me deeply. Let’s leave aside, for a moment, the propriety of a public servant (that’s you) blocking the access…
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