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We’re celebrating our first birthday at The Hub

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We’re excited today to be celebrating our one-year anniversary at The Hub. We certainly can’t complain about many slow days in that time.

In our first year, we provided insights and analysis on a federal election, two federal budgets, a month-long trucker protest, a war in Ukraine, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve amassed more than 10,000 subscribers to our daily newsletter and we’re seeing tens of thousands of people visiting our website each week, with our best week pushing up over 100,000 visitors.

As our team reflects on our first year, we’d like to take a moment to thank our readers, our contributors and everyone who has made our work possible by donating to The Hub. We’re excited to keep growing and getting better at what we do, and we hope you’ll continue to join us.

Stuart Thomson, editor-in-chief at The Hub

Testimonials

I want to congratulate the team at The Hub on their one-year anniversary in publication. In twelve short months, The Hub has established itself as a critical source of ideas, analysis and insights on the key public policy questions facing Canada. Its commentary and reporting are elevating our public discourse and encouraging us all to think a bit more about the country that we want in the future and how we can realize it. I look forward to seeing The Hub continue to grow and flourish in the coming years.

The Right Honourable Stephen J. Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada

Congratulations to The Hub as they mark a year of publishing thought-provoking contributions to Canadian public discourse. In an era where there’s a paucity of critical analysis, The Hub provides an important platform for a diversity of viewpoints that are getting Canadians thinking about the kind of country we want to be in the future.

Kevin Falcon, Leader, BC Liberal Party

Hurray for The Hub. In just a single year, The Hub has well begun its mission of elevating and improving public policy discourse in Canada. I am honoured to be part of this important and valuable project.

David Frum, author and journalist

Congratulations to The Hub on its one-year anniversary. The Hub has consistently brought expression to the public policy issues concerning younger generations of Canadians including housing affordability, the future of work, and how best to support modern families. In so doing, it has become an indispensable voice in our policy discourse. I’ve benefited from its insights and analysis even in those rare instances where I disagree. I wish The Hub and its team the best of success in the coming years.”

Raquel Dancho, Member of Parliament, Kildonan—St. Paul, Manitoba

Congratulations to The Hub on its one-year anniversary of publication. It’s proven itself a key source of big ideas and dispassionate debate at a time when both are desperately needed. I’ve been pleased to participate in its Dialogue series to talk about the health of Canada’s democratic institutions. I look forward to continuing to read The Hub and drawing on its insights and analysis in the months and years to come.

Michael Chong, Member of Parliament, Wellington-Halton Hills

Congratulations on The Hub’s first full year of publication. You’ve arrived on the scene at an important time for our province and our country. The Hub’s injection of ideas and analysis has enriched Canada’s public debate. I’m especially grateful that you’ve dedicated commentary to the value and dignity of work in the modern economy. These are fundamental questions that don’t get enough attention and it’s a credit to The Hub that you address them. I look forward to seeing what Year Two brings you, and for your readers.

Hon. Monte McNaughton, Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Congratulations to The Hub as it marks its one-year anniversary. It has quickly become a go-to source of insight, analysis and debate about the big questions facing the country. I wish The Hub and its team the best success in the future and look forward to seeing what comes next.

Jason Kenney, Premier, Alberta

Charest vows to protect border crossings with new campaign promise

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It’s only the first week of April, but we already have our first confirmed contender with a spot on the final ballot of the Conservative leadership race.

Leslyn Lewis boasted on Monday that she’s officially in. No official word from the other candidates, yet, but they have until April 29 to gather the cash and signatures to get on the ballot.

In our weekly round-up of the Conservative leadership race, we’ll take a look at Lewis’s fundraising prowess, examine some new ideas from Jean Charest, and count the crowds at Pierre Poilievre’s recent campaign rallies.

Leslyn Lewis is first on the final ballot

Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis announced on Monday that she is the first candidate to submit paperwork and cash to be on the final ballot of the Conservative leadership vote.

To be on the final ballot, candidates must pay a $200,000 fee and put down a $100,000 deposit. The candidates also have to collect 500 signatures from 30 different electoral districts and seven different provinces or territories. The deadline for submissions for the final ballot is on April 29 and the new leader will be announced on Sept. 10.

There is some strategic decision-making to be made by candidates on when to pay the fee and put down the deposit. Some candidates may want to spend cash holding events and campaigning, rather than tying up scarce fundraising money too early.

Other candidates may see some value in being on the final ballot as soon as possible, to demonstrate that they are a serious contender.

Lewis, who has been attracting crowds in the hundreds at some campaign stops recently, may benefit from her fiscally conservative method of campaigning. Her campaign manager Steve Outhouse recently described her strategy to Politico’s Playbook:

“Fly somewhere, rent a car, start driving,” he said.

Convoys and defence spending

Jean Charest revealed two flagship policy proposals this week. With Thursday’s federal budget dominating the news cycle, Charest promised he would achieve the NATO target for defence spending of two percent of GDP as “quickly as it can be responsibly done.”

At a campaign stop in Nova Scotia, Charest promised to purchase two armed icebreakers and establish two new military bases in the Arctic, including a deepwater port, according to the CBC. Charest also promised to explore the idea of upgrading Canada’s submarine fleet.

Charest also made some waves on Wednesday with a promise to introduce a Critical Infrastructure Protection Act to “put an end to illegal blockades.”

“We must never allow illegal blockades to interfere with our supply chains and critical infrastructure,” Charest wrote on Twitter. Charest specifically vowed to protect border crossings in a short document explaining the proposal.

The announcement has been seen as a reference to the trucker convoy that occupied Ottawa and blocked border crossings earlier in the year and which Charest’s leadership rival Pierre Poilievre has supported.

The issue is a murky one for anyone looking to woo Conservative Party members because sympathy for the trucker convoy fluctuates based on how the question is asked.

A recent poll by IpsosThe poll was conducted between February 8-9, 2022, on behalf of Global News. For this survey, a sample of 1,000 Canadians aged 18+ was interviewed. The poll is accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadians aged 18+ been polled. found that Conservative voters are more likely to sympathize with the convoy in general. The pollster found that 59 percent of Conservatives say they “may not agree with everything the people who have taken part in the truck protests in Ottawa have said, but their frustration is legitimate and worthy of our sympathy.” That number falls to 46 percent among the general population.

Conservatives were also far more likely to agree that, “while they might not say it publicly, they agree with a lot of what the truck protestors are fighting for,” with 63 percent of the party’s supporters agreeing compared to 37 percent of Canadians as a whole.

The Ipsos poll also found that Canadians under 35-year-old were more likely to sympathize with the convoy.

Crowds are growing for Poilievre

The media is starting to notice the massive crowds gathering at Pierre Poilievre’s campaign events.

Poilievre recently drew 1,000 people at a campaign event in Lindsay, Ontario and 1,200 people in Windsor-Essex. Hundreds of people attended Poilievre’s anti-carbon tax rally in Ottawa last week.

The other candidates will ask the obvious question: will it actually turn into votes, or are people just letting off steam? We likely won’t know until September, but it’s worth noting when journalists are describing Poilievre’s rallies as unprecedented.

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