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More on immigration

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - The truth is, we need immigration to maintain economic health as the boomers age.  There are serious issues of global population, but immigration to Canada can be managed without expanding our...

On Immigration

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - We need to expedite family reunification for new Canadians.  We need to respect the needs to preserve the french language.  Nevertheless, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies in Quebec.  Issues...

Multiculturalism in Canada

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - Our country has the strength of our First Nations traditions, as John Ralston Saul noted in "A Fair Country."  The Confederation was founded by English and French nations.  And now we are benefiting...

Multiculturalism and the Green Party

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - One of the foundational global Green values is respect for diversity.  We need to continue supporting the richness that comes from our multicultural identity.

More lessons for Harper on Parliamentary Democracy

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - Boy, Harper does not understand Parliamentary democracy.  In a minority Parliament there is NO presumption that a party with most seats governs.  If Nick Clegg had decided to work with Labour, then...

Correction to Harper

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - In a minority Parliament no party "wins the election."  They receive a qualified mandate to form government and can only govern while they have the confidence of the House.

Democracy

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - To get a government that respects citizens, we need to remove the hyper partisanship.  I worked in government when cooperation was more common.  We need to bring that spirit of cooperation back....

A Coalition

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - The bogey man of this election.  We are told to be afraid of coalitions.  Layton, Harper and Duceppe tried to set up a coalition. Ignatieff now says he has not problem with a coalition. We are...

Regarding the Contempt Motion

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - The contempt motion reflects the fact, as Professor Ned Franks, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Queens University, has said that no government in Canadian history has so often lost on...

More on the tone in the House

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - I remember bringing my daughter to QP after I became GPC leader.  She was so disgusted with the behavior on the floor, that she begged me to never make her attend again.