Date: 2016/07/25 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

It is not an experience that I talk about. The other day I had cause to think about August 1968 for the first time in a long time.  A reporter for the Canadian Press in Washington DC called me to ask about any parallels between the current us political scene, the unruly political convention season ...

Date: 2016/07/11 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Over the last five years as a Member of Parliament, the month of June has typically been hellish. Under the Conservatives, it was typical to try to force through as much as possible, while making the opposition as miserable as possible, by sitting every night until midnight. This June was a decided improvement—only a few ...

Date: 2016/06/27 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

As a result of the omnibus budget bill, C-38, of spring 2012, Canadian environmental assessment has been converted from a predictable, professional process to a dog’s breakfast of wildly disparate review standards.  Projects caught in the pre-2012 thorough review process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act get one standard of review. Those under the new ...

Date: 2016/06/22 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

It says a lot about Canada’s relations under the previous Conservative government that the annual meeting with our NAFTA partners was delayed by a year because the Conservatives didn’t think the meeting was worth having.   The corny slang of the “Three Amigos Summit” wasn’t working as “two amigos and the other guy.” I still find ...

Date: 2016/06/15 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, COP 21

The context of our current challenge in the intertwined imperative for both a strong climate and energy strategy is embedded in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s record. We have lost 10 years. The losses piled up from the minute in spring of 2006 when Harper’s new Conservative minority government cancelled every element of former Liberal ...

Date: 2016/06/13 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

I don’t think I have ever had two Island Tides articles back to back that covered an evolving story.  Parliament does not usually have the characteristics of a soap opera. A narrative arc does not connect my weeks.  But in re-reading my last column, it reinforced how remarkably the tide has turned.   Yes, dear readers, ...

Date: 2016/06/06 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

It is not immediately obvious.  We no longer have a Minister for Seniors, but we never had a department for seniors issues anyway. Crafting a smaller cabinet inevitably meant the loss of some titles.  Harper tied historically with Mulroney for the largest Cabinet ever.  As it shrunk, some titles, such as minister for seniors, disappeared.  ...

Date: 2016/05/18 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, TPP

There are several layers of offences in the thousands of pages of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.  Some are embedded in the inferior bargaining positions in which Canada found itself as the former Prime Minister rushed to catch up with a train well and truly leaving the station.  The others are part and parcel of the, ...

Date: 2016/05/16 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

In the last week of June 1988, there was a brutal heat wave holding a wilting Toronto in its grip. I was the senior policy advisor to the federal minister of environment and part of the team that organized a major international conference that took place in Toronto that week, ‘Our Changing Atmosphere: Implications for ...

Date: 2016/05/10 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

It is a good thing that the new Health Minister is a medical doctor.  It is not so much for her medical knowledge as for the skill set that comes with being a family practitioner.  The Hon Jane Philpott strikes me as a steady hand, a clam and competent person, capable of managing stress.  Which ...

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