Measuring Canada’s history and those who helped make us great

It’s a conceit of every generation that they alone are free from poor judgments, intellectual shortcomings and historical myopia

Measuring Canada’s history and those who helped make us greatShould efforts to exile Canada’s pre-eminent founder, Sir John A. Macdonald, to the scrapheap of history be allowed to succeed? No. Anger at monuments and memorials misunderstands our history and misdirects our energy. The responsibility lies not with the dead but with the living to realize further the promise of Canada. That’s why, for example,…

A plan for Trump to replace Obamacare

The biggest obstacle to health insurance reform in the U.S. has always been an urge by reformers to do something right now

A plan for Trump to replace ObamacareGUELPH, Ont. Dec. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The great American health-care debate has begun again but how will they reform a messy system? President-elect Donald Trump wants to scrap Obamacare, except for the bits he likes. Other Republicans want to gut the whole thing and might succeed. The U.S. certainly needs some sort of…

Top down government diktats will not curb climate change

Governments should instead focus on creating the conditions for bottom-up, market-driven technological innovation

Top down government diktats will not curb climate change//  climate change [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/top-government-diktats-will-not-curb-climate-change/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/category/environment/climate-change/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="0"]climate change[/popup]  [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] OTTAWA, Ont. Feb 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The climate change file is a hot topic and not just because it’s been a balmy winter. Speculation is that the…

Canada’s middle class has never had it so good

Any Trudeau government middle-class wage growth policy must be based on the evidence

Canada’s middle class has never had it so goodDownload this essay on Canada's middle class and income inequality Terms and Conditions of use EDITOR’S NOTE: This first essay in a new series from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute will help Canadians better understand exactly what the circumstances of Canada’s middle class are and the exact extent to which it can be said to be “struggling.” By…

The TPP needs a better sales pitch

The Trudeau government will need to use some of its newly-acquired political capital to ensure that Canada is squarely in the TPP tent

The TPP needs a better sales pitchDownload this column on the TPP Terms and Conditions of use OTTAWA, Ont. Nov 13, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It certainly would not have been Stephen Harper’s first choice to announce the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Oct. 5. There was a vigorous push by trade ministers, meeting in a marathon session in Atlanta,…

Why the Trudeau Liberals won’t deliver ‘real change’ on the economy

The most important, most fundamental fiscal and economic reforms of the Harper government will remain intact

Why the Trudeau Liberals won’t deliver ‘real change’ on the economy Download this column on the Liberals for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use OTTAWA, Ont. Nov 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ - A clear narrative emerged during Election 2015 and is fast drying into hard concrete: that this election was all about change. Indeed, it seems a remarkable number of pundits believed…

Canada’s current environmental assessment system not working

Governments and industry must invest resources in EA training programs to build educational and technical capacity in Aboriginal communities

Canada’s current environmental assessment system not workingDownload this column on environmental assessment for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use SASKATOON, SK Oct 29, 2015/ Troy Media/ - During his election campaign, Justin Trudeau promised to make environmental assessments credible again. He committed to a new, fair environmental assessment (EA) process that will, among other things, respect the…

Japan our best bet as an Asian trading partner

It is rich, technologically advanced, democratic and abides by the rule of law

Japan our best bet as an Asian trading partnerDownload Japan our best bet as an Asian trading partner OTTAWA, CALGARY OUT OTTAWA, ON, Apr 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Geography, history, immigration and economic self-interest all suggest that Canada’s trade should be oriented toward the Asia-Pacific. Yet we need to choose our trading partners with care. It is a mistake is to be…

Maybe now First Nations have the country’s attention

Aboriginal participation in resource development on their traditional lands is now a right

Maybe now First Nations have the country’s attentionREGINA, SK, Jun 30, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The Tsilhqot’in decision issued last week by the Supreme Court of Canada is an absolute game-changer. With unexpected clarity and decisiveness, the Supreme Court recognized the Tsilhqot’in’s Aboriginal title to their traditional lands and directed governments on how they must proceed with any future development on non-treaty…

The Temporary Foreign Workers program was working just fine

Time being outraged over the program would be better spent thinking about what kind of labour market we want

The Temporary Foreign Workers program was working just fineOTTAWA, ON, Jun 27, 2014/ Troy Media/ - “Why don’t we just scrap the Temporary Foreign Workers program? There is plenty of unemployment in this country. If businesses stopped making ridiculous profits and paid a fair wage, all would be well.” If only it was that easy. But arbitrarily raising wages in low wage sectors…