Monthly archives

Open Dialogue: A Q&A

Next week, Canada 2020 is co-hosting the Canadian Open Dialogue Forum in Ottawa – a conference that will see hundreds of policy, business and thought leaders come together to talk about how to make our policy process more open, accessible and transparent. Here, Don Lenihan answers some basic questions about open government, open dialogue and how it’s transforming the way policy gets made.

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Rethinking the scope of health care in Canada: a renewed federal role

The recently elected federal liberal government campaigned on strengthening Canada’s publicly funded health care system. How Canada ensures it provides a universal, affordable, and high quality health care system that accommodates technological innovation and changes in delivery over the next few decades is a particularly important challenge. In this piece, Mark Stabile thinks through a renewed federal role in health.

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Blog: Obama’s diplomatic achievements

Not long ago, the pundits and chattering class were turning off the lights on the Obama presidency. They said he had failed to live up to the promise of the hopes he had created as a presidential candidate. After the 2014 midterm election, the President looked isolated politically and the prospects of success on the policy front seemed very limited.

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Lenihan: Fixing our broken politics

Is politics broken? Yes, but we also know how to fix it. Through the ages, politics has been broken many times, yet people have risen to the challenge. The question now is whether we will do so again. There is a new principle that I believe can do this. It is called Open by Default and was formulated by the Open Government movement to guide governments around the world as they transform themselves for the digital age.

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The Conservatives’ controversial case for war

The motion tabled in Parliament this week to extend Canada’s military engagement against the Islamic State (IS) sets a worrying precedent. The decision to expand the air war to Syria is grounded in a confused legality that blurs legitimate concerns with Iraq’s right to self-defence with the dubious legality of a global ‘war on terror’.

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Crisis and opportunity: Time for a national infrastructure plan for Canada

Infrastructure is central to every aspect of life in Canada. It’s a key driver of productivity and growth in a modern economy and it contributes to the health and well-being of Canadian citizens. It is a method for enabling communication and sharing of information between citizens. It is a means for providing core services such as water, electricity and energy and is a shaper of how our communities grow and contribute to our collective social fabric.

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