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A Referendum Lesson from My Cottage Association
What can the affairs of my cottage association tell us about the Scotland and Quebec referendums? More than you might think!

How the Endless Campaign Radically Transforms the Public Interest
Approximately 5 years ago the notion of public interest decision started to completely evolve

Michael Chong’s Reform Act
Parliament and Democracy; What Mr. Chong’s bill does; Chances of passing and a Plan B.

CETA and Supply Management: Why not begin the process of phasing out?
The Canada-Europe Free Trade Agreement negotiations offered a tempting opportunity to phase out Canada’s anachronistic supply management regime for dairy, eggs and poultry.

Rebuilding The Liberal Party The Old Way
The recent appointment of a Liberal Council of Economic Advisors harkens back to the old days of Liberal politics; back to the days when the party held power and bringing momentum and new blood into the inner circle was important to maintaining power

Politics and the Family Business
The Conservative’s attempt to typecast Justin Trudeau as “way over his head” ignores the realities of the successful professional politician today

Time to Rethink Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPS)
Already, two years or  more behind schedule, now is the time to rethink whether these ships are actually the right vessels for the jobs they are intended to do...

Navigable Waters Protection in Omnibus Bill C45: Some Unintended Consequences of Protecting Goldie Hawn’s Lake
Despite the clear Harper government preference to get out of the business altogether, the law will not permit it....

The Great Subsidy Debate that Nobody Talks About
Most Baby Boomers today are preoccupied with the question whether they can afford to ever retire. Most young people are preoccupied with the question whether they will ever have jobs to build the wealth that their parents and grandparents have enjoyed..

The Federal Commitment to Public Private Partnerships (P3s)
Is it real? About 4 years ago, the federal government established P3 Canada Inc. – a crown agency designed to facilitate P3s at the municipal and provincial levels of government...
POSTED BY MICHAEL TEETER July 05/12
 
Time to Organize Federal Job Swapping Infrastructure: Just get on with it!
The Deficit Reduction Action Plan (DRAP) talks a big story about how most of the 20 thousand odd public service job reductions can be achieved through attrition. With the average public servant age in the mid-50s this is not an unrealistic goal....
POSTED BY MICHAEL TEETER July 05/12

Private Members Bills: The New Tool in the Arsenal
While anecdotal, it sure seems to me that substantive private members bills are coming into law a lot more than they did a few years ago. This is a fantastic development for good government and for those that would like to see small but significant legislative changes....
POSTED BY MICHAEL TEETER July 05/12

The Access Conundrum
There is one relatively new, disturbing and also exciting trend in government relations and that is the increasing prevalence of the Access to Information request, as a cornerstone of most government relations initiatives....
POSTED BY MICHAEL TEETER Mar.12/12

OAS Debate & Straw Dogs
A national debate has been initiated on raising the of eligibility for Old Age Security – mostly likely to 67...
POSTED BY SCOTT PROUDFOOT Feb. 07/12

The Liberal Party Mid-January Convention: Members vs. Leadership
One thing the press did not pick up on at the Ottawa 2012 Convention was the large difference between the views and demographics of the Liberal membership and their Parliamentary representatives...
POSTED BY MICHAEL TEETER Feb. 03/12

Procurement Reform
Some Important Things to know about the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS)
There has been a lot of hype about NSPS both from the press and the government and there remains some significant stories to tell that have not been told to date...
POSTED BY MICHAEL TEETER FEB. 01/12

Harper Regulatory Policy
Canada's Chemical Management Plan (CMP): The Cornerstone of Harper Regulatory Policy?
When Prime Minister Harper heads to Davos Switzerland, he will deliver a keynote speech to the World Economic Forum on the importance of capitalism for global prosperity. But he will make the point that capitalism must be tempered with sound regulation in order to provide checks and balances on unbridled capitalist urges...
POSTED BY MICHAEL TEETER JAN. 24/12





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