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Transparency – Good Governance’s Healthy Nuisance

December 11, 2020

The CBC chronicling of Covid-19 spending in their series The Big Spend examines the unprecedented $240 billion the federal government handed out during the first eight months of the pandemic. The series puts a spotlight on Justin Trudeau’s...

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The economic outlook is sobering, but not surprising.

December 3, 2020

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland provided an update to federal finances on November 30. The economic outlook is sobering, but not surprising. The fiscal deficit is up a bit from July numbers - to an eye watering $381B - with an...

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Canada, the Commonwealth and the Covid-19 Pandemic

November 30, 2020

Living next door to the feral COVID-19 jungle that is the United States, Canadians would be well advised not to be too smug in our relative success at taming the growing labyrinth of infection. While reports of vaccine readiness are...

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Paying Forward: Canada/United States Joint Statements

November 27, 2020

President Barack Obama’s new book “A Promised Land” provides a much-needed antidote to the rapid spiralling exit of President Donald Trump. In his interview with the CBC’s The Current, President Obama remarks on the Trump Presidency as a...

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Lobster, Conflict and the Canadian Way 

November 25, 2020

Allister Surette has been named federal special representative with a mandate to ease tensions in the Nova Scotia lobster dispute. While the reprieve from violence, arson and racism is welcome, the underlying conflict he will need to...

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Comparing Transitions

November 16, 2020

By now it is clear that the transition to a new US administration will not be normal. My condolences to those who are surprised. But what exactly is normal for US presidential transitions? And how does this compare with our own variant of...

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