Justin Trudeau is talking “vision.” CBC reports he had this to say at a caucus meeting in Saguenay, Quebec:”As a government, we need to look 40 years down the road, not just four. To the next generation, not just to the next election.”Nice talk but doe…
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That’s one way to advocate for legalization.
That taco salad was just the beginning.
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August 25, 2016 – The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will make an important announcement about Canada’s peace operations and hold a joint media availability.
At least one person is being held in police custody.
The Guča Trumpet Festival is about brass bands, makeshift bars, and indulging in one or more of the cardinal sins.
Why, you ask? That’s a good question.
In this special episode of GAYCATION, we visit Orlando in the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre to talk to survivors and community leaders about the devastating shooting that killed 49 and injured 53.
Emergency psychologists are at the scene of the devastating earthquake to help victims with their first steps towards processing trauma.
What a pleasure to be with you. I have been following very closely all that you’ve been doing here over the last number of days. I want to start by acknowledging the ancestral, traditional, and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Wautut…
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Electricity generation from wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies have set monthly records every month so far in 2016, based on data through June released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration yesterday.
“Both hydroelectric and nonhydroelectric renewables have contributed to this trend, but in different ways. After a lengthy West Coast drought, hydro generation has increased and is now closer to historical levels. Nonhydro renewable generation continues to increase year-over-year and has exceeded hydro generation in each month since February 2016,” the EIA said in a statement.
Thank you Victoria, BC for giving us a super timely ‘Snakes on a Plane’ reference.
Not killing Harambe is their crowning achievement.
The 45-year-old man is facing six charges that include sexual assault and creating and distributing child pornography.
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Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will tour Canada from September 24 to October 1…
In this episode of The Chosen Ones, host Gavin Haynes dives into the world of horoscope-obsessed astrologists to discover his destiny as a Scorpio.
Jason Kenney, who announced he will be seeking the leadership of the Alberta PC party, waves his hat during the Calgary Stampede. (Photo: REUTERS/Todd Korol)
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Major-General Michael Rouleau, Commander, Canadian Special Operations Forces issues the following statement after being charged with one count, Section 129, National Defence Act:
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TSB releases highlights of Transportation Safety Summit.
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It seems like every year a new tax haven scheme is revealed, provoking the ire of Canadians… only to fade from the news a few months later.
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After an intense lobbying spree and threats from Governor Jerry Brown to take the measure directly to voters via ballot initiative should it fail to pass, Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) was approved by the California legislature yesterday.
When it is signed into law by Brown, SB 32 will extend the climate targets adopted by the state under Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which required California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
The state is well on pace to meet the emissions targets set by AB 32, which is credited with having spurred developments that contributed $48 billion to California’s economy over the past 10 years while creating a half million jobs.
On Oct. 19, 2015, 39 per cent of Canadians who voted, voted Liberal, electing Justin Trudeau and the Liberals to government. In a matter of weeks they will have been in office a full year. Many remain concerned with the odd priorities of the current government: I have yet to meet a Canadian who has raised electoral reform or legalization of pot as their top priorities. Nor has the massive deficit spending or the repeal of sound economic policy such as pension reform and First Nations financial transparency received a ringing endorsement. Governing is more than the undoing of previous policy and an endless string of photo-ops or selfies. Yet setting its own agenda is the government’s prerogative, and time will tell.
An area in urgent need of attention, however, is the continuing mishandling of judicial appointments and the government’s astonishing neglect of Atlantic Canada, where I am proud to be from.
In almost a year, the government has appointed just over a dozen judges to fill the 44 (and growing) vacancies. It says it is working on creating a new, more accountable system. Of course, there is always room for improvement. There is no harm in seeking a better model. But claims of greater transparency won’t matter if the process doesn’t result in new judges.
Certainly, no Canadian would find it acceptable to be told that their region of the country, for the first time in history, would have no representation on the Supreme Court.
Even the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada is calling for the appointment of judges from the existing model, drawing from a list vetted by a non-partisan panel to fill the void. This process, used for almost 30 years, resulted in what the prime minister himself has described as a judiciary respected and admired around the world. So why change it?
It seems the government has launched a PR effort to create something that will look like a fix for something that may not even be broken. There is a cost to this. Judicial vacancies must be filled in a timely fashion. The failure to do so now has senior judges in many courts, Justice Ministry officials and constitutional experts concerned that courts may not be able to meet their constitutional obligation to give trial dates within a reasonable time. A recent Supreme Court decision underscores how these delays have dire consequences. The inevitable result of these vacancies is less access to justice and more criminals walking free, potentially endangering the public.
This national failure was compounded when Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced that the vacancy created by the imminent retirement of Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell may not be filled by a person from Atlantic Canada. Certainly, no Canadian would find it acceptable to be told that their region of the country, for the first time in history, would have no representation on the Supreme Court. One could only imagine the outrage in Ontario, Quebec or the West if this were to happen. Firstly, it defies all constitutional convention. It is also disrespectful and an insult to Atlantic Canadians to suggest that suddenly, of our entire legal population, none are qualified to sit on the top court.
The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. Photo by Getty Images.
It’s also a funny way to treat a region that started the “red wave” that gave the government its majority. The Liberals hold all 32 federal seats and all four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada. One would think some gratitude might result. Yet like the whittling away of the shipbuilding contracts in Nova Scotia and the decision to make an Ontarian the minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the latest slight over a Supreme Court seat has been accepted with barely a whisper.
Some Liberal premiers have offered passive comments in support of an Atlantic Canadian on the top court. There have been tame murmurings from the Canadian Bar Association. But no one has called out the prime minister for what this is — spit in our eye.
It would appear the government is committed to the importance of diversity by appointing persons who are ethnically diverse and bilingual. This is a laudable goal. When I was in government, we were proud to appoint in our region judges of Acadian, Métis and Asian descent. There were many others in other parts of Canada, all highly capable jurists. But there should also be emphasis on regional diversity, which has been historically important, given the rich cultural fabric the provinces brought into Confederation and the traditions that are still visible in the day-to-day lives of Atlantic Canadians.
The inclusion in the Supreme Court of Canada of a jurist drawn from these traditions and experiences helps preserve national cohesion. It ensures that the court will benefit from deep knowledge of the unique economic, social, legal and historical aspects of life in a part of the country that helped found the Canada we know. It’s the ultimate irony — a whole region seems set to be denied representation in the name of “greater diversity.”
We are being taken for granted and ignored as a friendly backwater.
As a former federal minister, I can appreciate the need for fluency in both official languages, yet that does not mean that Canadians who are not proficient in both official languages are unsuited for office or the judiciary. Modern technology is sufficient to allow judges and others to do their work while acquiring proficiency in these languages. I have no doubt that many Canadians could point to some of the best judges and even politicians in our history who were not fluent in both French and English, including current members of the Supreme Court. To automatically disqualify all Canadians from those offices based simply on how many languages they speak is to deny Canadians the opportunity of have the most qualified and capable people considered for those positions.
The ultimate goal remains, as it must, quality and legal excellence above all else.The Supreme Court is too important to have the government conduct a social science experiment.
There are, of course, a great many bilingual jurists in Atlantic Canada who could be expected to serve their country with distinction, if selected. With the Trudeau government’s hammerlock on all political power in the region, one would think it would warrant enormous influence. Yet the opposite seems to be true. We are being taken for granted and ignored as a friendly backwater. It’s time for Atlantic Canadians, whatever their partisan affiliation, to stand up and make themselves heard. It may take courage to say so, but photo-ops aren’t enough. We need representation from a government that takes Atlantic Canada seriously.
A version of this op-ed was first published on National Post.
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