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Once More Into the Breach

The tabling of new, omnibus anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, in the Canadian Parliament in January 2015, has re-energized calls for greater “oversight” of Canadian intelligence and security practices. Many voices have weighed in, from former Canadian Prime Ministers, to the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, who called out Canada for having one of the “weakest oversight” frameworks for intelligence gathering in the Western world. The concern is understandable.

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The case for a carbon tax in Canada

In this latest addition to Canada 2020’s federal policy paper series, Nic Rivers from the University of Ottawa makes a convincing and comprehensive case for a carbon tax in Canada that moves well beyond the current sector-by-sector approach installed by the Harper government. Click to read the full report.

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Crisis and Opportunity: Time for a National Infrastructure Plan for Canada

1. Introduction Infrastructure is central to every aspect of life in Canada. As a key driver of productivity and growth in a modern economy, as a contributor to the health and well-being of Canadian citizens, as a critical component of transporting goods and services across the country. It is a method for enabling communication and […]

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Understanding Canadian Intergovernmental Relations

As Canada’s Premier’s meet in Prince Edward Island this week at the Council of the Federation, Canada’s intergovernmental relations agenda has rarely been this packed, with agreements on equalization, the Canada Health Transfer, and the Canada Social Transfer (CST) set to expire – in addition to existing work on energy, climate change, new developments in […]

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An Agenda for Democratic Reform in Canada

Democratic reform is an issue that should concern all Canadians: how decisions are made by our national government have a direct impact in our daily lives. From mandatory voting to overhauling Question Period to a striking a non-partisan selection committee for Senate appointments, “An Agenda for Democratic Reform in Canada” by University of Ottawa professor […]

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Unemployed and Underemployed Youth

In this new background paper from Canada 2020, we take a look at the employment landscape facing Canadian youth. The paper’s premise is built upon a simple and well-known fact: Canada’s future economic success will depend on the strength and quality of its human capital – and therefore its investment in young people. What this […]

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Public Service Renewal

Genuine renewal of the federal public service requires a new “moral contract” between the public service, ministers, and parliament in support of the values of a professional, non-partisan public service.

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Skills and Higher Education in Canada

Canada’s performance in higher education and skills development has been fairly strong for many years. On key measures we are at or near the top of international rankings and our highly skilled people contribute to economic competitiveness, social innovation, and political and community well-being. But there are troubling indications that Canada’s skills and education performance […]

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Report of Client Discussions on Social Assistance Reform

Download the Full Report The 2013 Ontario Budget contained some initial steps for reforming social assistance. The budget also notes that the government is committed to starting “discussions with recipients, municipalities, delivery partners and others to set priorities and work through the choices required for transformation”. As part of this initiative, the Ministry of Community […]

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