Politics: Canada

DONALD TRUMP: THINKING OUT LOUD By Axel Conradi (Article)

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Axel Conradi

Let’s get this out of the way up front. Donald Trump is a sexist, a race baiter, a vile, repugnant, vulgar and mean-spirited man who demeans and attacks or sues all who disagree with him. He is a narcissist who thinks that only he has the answers to the nation’s ills some of which he has invented out of whole cloth. Yet.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - by Tom Macdonald

 

Tom MacDonald

Tom Macdonald

 

The following were printed in the Globe and Mail's Letters to the Editor Section:

Bombardier

Bombardier, Bombardier,
How can your bosses get such pay ?
Your C-series required a bail-out;
You can't get your Toronto rail out;
You sent your workers out on lay-offs
While begging governmental pay-offs.
You're living off the public purse
And now to make it even worse
The Beaudoins and the Bellemares
Get more champagne and faster cars.
And when I hear "It's private sector",
I just get vexed and even vexter.
But then I'm middle class, you know;
It must be different with True Dough.

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WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? as guest speaker at a next Canadian citizenship ceremony - Robin Higham (Author)

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 Robin Higham

Many Canadians worry about the implications for social cohesion and economic growth as the number of immigrants to Canada continues to grow. What would you say? is a discussion about the integration of newcomers into the Canadian social, economic and political landscape.


Robin Higham sets eight friends in a coffee shop where they test-drive remarks that they would make if they were asked to be the guest speaker at a Canadian citizenship ceremony. They themselves represent both newcomers and long-established Canadians. Rather than obsess over host community obligations, each speaker unapologetically outlines what he or she thinks newcomers themselves need to understand about settling here.

To give you a flavour of Robin’s book, take a look at the Preface and at the Introduction..

 There is an order form here .

  Also available on Amazon/Kindle.

 

HOW DOES HARPER'S FOREIGN POLICY STACK UP? By Paul Heinbecker

 

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In the current election campaign, the Conservative spin machine is marketing a story of international statesmanship and principled policy, of economic action plans and historic trade agreements, of a rediscovered warrior spirit and newfound hard-nosed diplomacy. Before electoral spin renders campaign hype into enduring “fact,” it is worth examining the broad lines of the Harper government’s international performance.

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DONALD SAVOIE ON GOVERNING FROM THE CENTRE By Bill Kilfoyle (Article/Book Review)

 

Donald Savoie on Governing from the Centre

 There has been a good deal of comment on Stephen Harper’s obsession with command and control, and how the entire government apparatus is controlled in great detail by Harper from his prime ministerial office.

It was against this background that my ears perked up when I heard Donald Savoie interviewed on the CBC a couple of weeks ago. Savoie, as you probably know, was a senior public servant and then for many years a professor at the University of Ottawa. He is now Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at the University of Moncton. He was on-air promoting his new book entitled What is Government Good At ? : A Canadian Answer. Amongst other things, this new book deals in considerable detail about the power in Canadian government gravitating inexorably to the office of Prime Minister.

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TEMPORARY VISA VERSUS REFUGEE STATUS REFORM By Joe Bissett (Article)

                   

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Joe Bissett

  TEMPORARY VISA VERSUS REFUGEE STATUS REFORM

The beginning of the twentieth century ushered in the increased need for global travelers to obtain a visa before entering another country for a temporary period. The visa is a means of pre-screening to ensure that people who may be inadmissible for health, security or criminal reasons are prevented from arriving at a port of entry. On the other hand, it is also a means of facilitating the entry of people who are genuine visitors without intentions of remaining permanently. Although possession of a visa is not a guarantee of entry it speeds up examination procedures upon arrival.

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CIVIL SERVANTS CALL THE SHOTS AT CITY HALL By Bob Brocklebank (Article)

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Bob Brocklebank

“Do exactly as I say or I’ll have you in court” – that sounds like an impetuous boss, but it might illustrate the way Ottawa municipal employees relate to elected members of Council.

It is easy to assume that all governments in Canada operate in much the same way. Most of us imagine that, in a country deemed a representative democracy, public servants (once considered “civil”) remain in awe of the office of those elected (if not necessarily in awe of every office-holder).

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WHERE ARE OUR POLITICAL LEADERS? By Axel Conradi

 

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Axel Conradi

This is written the day after the Governor General granted Mr. Harper permission to prorogue Parliament, thereby blessedly ending one of the most tawdry parliaments in  memory. ?  The unthinking political partisanship of all our political parties has been truly shocking.  Canada is the loser and certainly more divided by the overly heated rhetoric of the last few days. Where are our political leaders when we need them ?

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