CAROL HUGHES' COLUMN

New benefits come from short sitting of parliament

It is no surprise that Canada is joining other nations by addressing the COVID-19 pandemic with stimulus spending.  It is our great fortune that we are among the wealthiest nations and able to direct...

Focus on stopping the spread of COVID-19

As the first week of Canada’s efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic settles in, the only consistency is the understanding that we are working with a moving target.  Daily briefings by the Prime...

Report indicates there’s room to grow social programs

The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) provides Member of Parliament (MPs) with independent analysis on the state of the nation's finances, the government's estimates, and trends in the Canadian economy.  The office will also provide...

Latest coronavirus tests pandemic preparedness

The COVID 19 strain of the coronavirus has ground down travel, trade, and significant parts of the economy while public health officials try to limit its spread around the globe.  In Canada, the Minister...

Indigenous standoffs were avoidable | Les manifestations des Autochtones auraient pu être évitées

For the better part of a decade Canada has undertaken some important exercises with the intention of building a stronger relationship with Indigenous communities.  The Residential School Apology, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and...

Democrats in US deliver NDP improvements to CUSMA trade deal

NAFTA was signed in 1994 with the promise of jobs, rising productivity, and secure access to the largest market in the world.  What it delivered for Canada was 400,000 lost manufacturing jobs and the...

Government handouts to rich corporations continue

What is it about profitable corporations that makes governments want to pave the way for them?  Netflix doesn’t pay taxes in Canada?  No problem, they were offered a sweetheart deal to produce a meager...
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The mystery that is the middle class

The numbers may seem small and the differences even more so, but the fact that top earners are set to receive the biggest benefit from the latest ‘middle class’ tax cut raises flags of...

It’s time to get down to work on the nuts and bolts of addressing...

Think of the technological advances that define our times.  One example is how we can send spacecraft to Mars and operate remote control vehicles to explore the planet.  This is based on the hard...

It’s time for corporate Canada to earn their tax breaks

It’s an established economic principle that people respond to incentives such as a reward for good behaviour or punishment for bad behaviour.  Most people understand this on an innate level without ever looking at...