CAROL HUGHES' COLUMN

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...
Phone Scams

Service cuts coming home to roost | Les coupures de service nous rattrapent

While it’s tempting to view the role of a government through the lens of big national and international issues, there is a lot of administrative work that comes with the job as well.  Ministers...

A Christmas present for Canadians | Un cadeau de Noël pour les Canadiens

With Christmas and the New Year traditionally associated with goodwill, the leadup to the season was a timely moment for the new parliament to get down to work.  Not only does the holiday help...

Is parliament ready to work for you? | Est-ce que le Parlement est prêt...

The 43rd parliament assembled last week to elect a Speaker and debate the Throne Speech.  While I was not successful in my bid to become Speaker, there was a surprise outcome when the former...
Labour Day

Labour Day marks victories we should never surrender | La fête du Travail marque...

While the labour movement isn’t unique to Canada, it has a strong history of making our workplaces safer, more compassionate, and bringing about better wages. In many parts of the world Labour Day is...

Lobbyist have the government’s ear | Les lobbyistes ont l’oreille du gouvernement

Sometimes the workings of government aren’t as straightforward as we might like to think and on certain files it can become a question of whether the tail is the wagging dog, instead of the...
cycling

Cycling strategy makes a lot of sense

The environmental challenges facing us mean we need to re-think how we live. There will be difficulties and opportunities as we consider how we design our cities and especially how we navigate them. Things...

Trade deals don’t always protect like they should | Les accords commerciaux ne protègent...

With the government launching a charm offensive on the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) another Donald Trump landmine is threatening the few months of peace we experienced on the trade front with the United...
volunteers

There’s never a bad time to volunteer | Toute période de l’année est propice...

For some of us, summer can be a carefree and enjoyable time as calendars can become less cluttered with appointments and more leisurely days take their place. But as we enjoy all the festivities...

Tax evasion costs us $40 billion a year – or more

A report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer released in late June has estimated the cost of the government’s failure to reduce overseas tax evasion at a number much higher than that provided by the...