Today, former ambassador to China Dominic Barton will be the sole witness at a House of Commons committee hearing that is trying to make sense of the government’s huge expenditures on consultant contracts.
Some pundits have warned that the decline of provincial Liberal parties is a sign that the whole Liberal brand is declining across Canada, perhaps permanently.
Most controversially, the act also features a “Henry VIII clause,” which seems to give cabinet the power to unilaterally amend provincial laws.
Public transit construction in Canada is overpriced, overlong, and underdone. The political will to push past local opposition is required if higher levels of government want to see new transit built.
Although all decisions likely require some level of civilian input, the balance of civilian considerations over military ones is skewed. This often manifests in policies that add excessive bureaucratic requirements on troops or does not address their needs.
Poilievre’s speech in the House of Commons travelled the same terrain as the ones he delivered during the Conservative leadership race, taking aim at gatekeepers of all kinds and promising to restrain government spending, but it also illuminated some key areas of agreement and disagreement with his political adversaries.
The aftermath of Liz Truss’s disastrous mini-budget in the U.K. has cast a shadow over Canadian fiscal and monetary policy.
Danielle Smith’s political gambit and the spectacularly inappropriate public musings of Alberta’s viceroy could compound and build into a perfect storm of unconstitutionality. That is, if one or the other doesn’t reconsider her position.
An expansive government-mandated ESG reporting regime in Canada will likely have costs—particularly on small and medium-sized enterprises—that outweigh any social benefits.
The vast majority of stories these days about politics and government focus on negatives. The latest scandal. The longest delays. The largest funding mishaps. But we also need to hear the good. Without the positives, it becomes easier and easier to view our political system as unresponsive, incompetent, or alien to us.