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    As Justin Trudeau noted in Question Period, some of the humanitarian heavy-lifting against ISIL is grappling with millions of refugees. The way refugees + humanitarian relief are handled will have a huge impact on long-term stability + security in the Middle East.
    Oct 08, 2014 11:37 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    I will pay tribute in the House of Commons today to the late Erik Spicer who served so well as Parliamentary Librarian from 1960 to 1994.
    Oct 08, 2014 11:10 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Hillary Clinton worries about ideology trumping reason - Washington shouldn't be "an evidence free zone"
    Oct 06, 2014 12:08 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Hillary Clinton says the situation with ISIS in Iraq/Syria is "a very long game" - ie, it won't be over in six months.
    Oct 06, 2014 11:56 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Hillary Clinton says, in the fight against the terrorism of ISIS, there are many ways to contribute, not only military. She says the US will welcome+respect whatever level of help against ISIS that Canadians determine is appropriate.
    Oct 06, 2014 11:36 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage for a luncheon in Ottawa - hosted by Canada 2020
    Oct 06, 2014 11:17 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    IN SEARCH OF CLARITY, AVOIDING THE QUAGMIRE Midway through his announcement last Friday that he is sending Canadians to war in Iraq, Stephen Harper said he wanted to "be clear on the objectives of this intervention". Moments later, he added that he "is seized with the necessity of avoiding a prolonged quagmire in this part of the world". With those two comments, Mr. Harper touched on two of the biggest weaknesses in his decision. The objectives are not clear. And a quagmire is virtually certain. Make no mistake - there is complete agreement in the Canadian Parliament, and indeed throughout the civilized world, that the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) is the embodiment of evil. As pointed out by President Obama, it is neither "Islamic", nor is it a "State". ISIS is a vicious terrorist organization that commits vile atrocities against any and all who will not bend to its perverted will - humanitarian workers, journalists and innocent civilians - men, women and children alike. Since the "governments" of Iraq and Syria are largely dysfunctional, ISIS has seized big chunks of both countries and rules, quite literally, by reign of terror. To gall, bait and humiliate the western world, and entrap us in a battle on its terms and turf, ISIS seeks maximum gory publicity for its hideous conduct. It is no wonder that Canadians and all decent human beings are sickened and outraged. We are compelled to do something about this evil. But what is the right and most effective thing to do? Liberals supported the Harper government's initial 30-day, non-combat deployment of up to 69 Canadian Army personnel to advise and assist security forces in Iraq. We asked repeatedly what the government learned from this brief mission, what its precise objectives were and whether they had been achieved? No answers were forthcoming. Indeed, no meaningful information was provided about what might come next until the announcement last Friday of six months of Canadian airstrikes in Iraq (and possibly in Syria too) moving Canada into combat. Mr. Harper said his objective is to degrade the ability of ISIS to operate in any large and open way. No credible expert thinks that is achievable in six months, but more importantly - as many observers have noted - bombing the enemy is only an immediate military tactic, it cannot be your final goal. What do we want to see rise from the ashes? Assuming bombing succeeds as a tactic, then what? There is no evidence that the ultimate objective has been defined. In the famous hockey advice given by Wayne Gretzky, don't skate to where the puck is now, you must anticipate where it is going to be. So to repeat - the objective is not clear and a quagmire looms. But that doesn't mean Canada is or should be a bystander. Again, as President Obama said - there are many different ways, apart from immediate combat, in which Canada can do its part in rooting out the evil that is ISIS. Strategic airlift, is one example. Training is another, plus materials and supplies, signals intelligence, reconnaissance, medical support, critical infrastructure, engineering, and much more. And that's not to mention the massive amounts of humanitarian relief required to ease the suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent displaced victims across the region. In whatever future lies ahead, their "hearts and minds" will be crucially shaped by who leads the effort to respond to their immediate human needs, and how effective that effort is. (It's a matter of anticipating where the puck is going.) Canada is particularly good at these various alternatives. The government has provided no explanation of how they have weighed the relative value of all our options and capabilities, and why the alternatives have been largely discarded in favour of airstrikes as Canada's primary role. In current circumstances, is this the highest, best and most effective use of Canada's resources?
    Oct 06, 2014 9:06 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    It’s Mental Health Awareness Week. 1 in 5 Canadians face mental illness each year—we must overcome the stigma, this affects all of us.
    Oct 06, 2014 5:10 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Classical music of India opens the tribute to Ghandi today in Regina, hosted by the India-Canada Association
    Oct 05, 2014 1:24 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Nearly 2000 Regina folks registered + ready to run in CIBC's Run for the Cure - congrats to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
    Oct 05, 2014 8:48 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Just a small fraction of the CIBC Run for the Cure participants - ready to go in Regina's Wascana Park
    Oct 05, 2014 8:46 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Chilly day, but big warm crowd gathering in Conexus Arts Centre - ready for this year's CIBC Run for the Cure for breast cancer
    Oct 05, 2014 8:07 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Proud of Jacqui Anaquod + Tracy Dunnigan - helped organize vigil in Regina on Sat for missing+murdered Aboriginal people
    Oct 05, 2014 6:35 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Congratulations to Dr Jane Ekong on the founding dinner last night of Amakon, the Women Forum - for women mentoring women
    Oct 05, 2014 6:33 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    On my (unspecified) Birthday today, I'm happy to celebrate Marc Garneau's 30th Anniversary of his first launch into Space!
    Oct 05, 2014 6:01 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Third sellout tonight at Broadway United Church fowl supper - great meal, wonderful people.
    Oct 05, 2014 12:27 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    So honoured to work with tireless Saskatchewan MS advocate, Michelle Walsh, at national CCSVI conference in Saskatoon
    Oct 04, 2014 2:10 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The National CCSVI Society has just changed its name to "Canadian Neurovascular Health Society". Congrats.
    Oct 04, 2014 2:10 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Glad to join with MP Kirsty Duncan (video) + Sen Jane Cordy to open National CCSVI Society conference in Saskatoon
    Oct 04, 2014 2:09 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Munir Haque, Pres of Islamic Association of Saskatchewan, welcoming guests at Eid al-Adha including Provincial govt, Mayor of Regina + Police Chief
    Oct 04, 2014 9:15 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Close to 10,000 people are gathered at Evraz Place in Regina today marking Eid Al-Adha. Eid Mubarak!
    Oct 04, 2014 9:14 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    More evidence that Canada needs an agenda for sustained and sustainable GROWTH http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/10/04/ralph-goodale-the-myth-of-the-roaring-canadian-economy/
    Oct 04, 2014 6:49 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    I join Leader Justin Trudeau in extending greetings to all my Muslim constituents on Eid al-Adha. http://lpc.ca/9l0h
    Oct 03, 2014 8:19 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    I join with Leader Justin Trudeau in extending greetings to all my Jewish constituents on Yom Kippur http://lpc.ca/9l0b
    Oct 03, 2014 8:17 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, Harper government vacuous + belligerent on plans to go into combat in Iraq - demanding MPs get onboard but won't say why. Canada could do its part against the evil of ISIL in at least a half-dozen ways - but Harper government won't explain its choice of CF-18s. PMs of UK + Australia worked hard + transparently to build + earn consensus in their countries. No such effort by Government of Canada.
    Oct 02, 2014 11:57 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Well now ... Finance Minister Joe Oliver says government can shrink deficits/debt by growing the economy - so he agrees with Justin Trudeau!
    Oct 01, 2014 6:13 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana

September

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    NEITHER COMPLACENCY NOR BULLHEADEDNESS IS THE RIGHT POLICY: While Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver was in New York today telling financial reporters that all is well economically in Canada, the latest report on GDP growth was published - showing NO GROWTH in the Canadian economy in July. The country has stalled again, and Mr Oliver is stuck with the same old ineffectual Harper-government bromides which have produced for Canada the worst record on economic growth since the sorry days of R.B. Bennett in the 1930's. Worse still for Mr. Oliver, even the Canadian Taypayers Federation has now gone public in denouncing the government's flagship promise about "income splitting". Since the last election, Mr. Harper has repeatedly pitched the notion that he needs to balance the books in 2015 for one prime purpose -- so he can introduce income splitting as a tax cut. But like the late Jim Flaherty, the CTF says this ill-advised Harper campaign promise is too expensive and entirely unfair to the vast majority of Canadians. Said the CTF last Friday: "... The problem with this pledge, presumably written on the back of an envelope as the campaign bus pulled out of Ottawa, is that it's been denounced by every credible economic think tank, representing every shade of the political spectrum. Even the federal finance department has weighed in -- that analysis is so damning that nearly everything but the commas was redacted before it was released to the public ..." That having been said, will the government change course or will all the complacency and bullheadedness continue?
    Sep 30, 2014 10:07 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    MR. HARPER DEFLATES EXPECTATIONS OF PROGRESS It's a basic expectation of every new generation of Canadians that if they work hard and make the most of their opportunities, they will achieve a quality of life that surpasses their parents. But for many young Canadians, the inevitability of such progress seems doubtful. Long after the end of the 2008 recession, Canada's unemployment rate for those under the age of 25 stays stuck stubbornly at something over 13%, nearly twice the rate for the economy as a whole. There are 240,000 fewer jobs for young Canadians today than just before the recession. And perhaps even worse, despite a steadily growing population, youth participation in the labour market is down by four full percentage points, reflecting an increasing number who are giving up their search for employment. Job quality has deteriorated. In all of 2013, of the woefully inadequate 99,000 jobs in total generated by the entire Canadian economy, 95% were just part-time - meaning lower wages, fewer benefits and less security. Over the past 12 months (August to August), only 81,000 new jobs in total were produced across Canada, and only 15,000 of them were full-time. International investment banker Morgan Stanley reported last week that Canada is among the three worst countries in the industrialized world for creating low-paying "crappy" jobs. This reinforces a 2013 study by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce that found good-paying, high-end jobs were being generated in Canada at a much slower pace than low-end jobs. Real wage growth is weak. Savings are down. Living costs are up, as inflation begins to tick higher. And more than half of the employees surveyed recently by the Canadian Payroll Association reported that it would be difficult to make ends meet if their paycheques were delayed by more than just one week. Adding to this concern, Canadian households are carrying close to $1.64 in debt for every $1.00 of disposable income, a level of financial vulnerability that global experts have described as "anything but sustainable." And costs keep rising. Some two-thirds of middle-class parents worry they may not be able to afford access to post-secondary education for their children. In more than 40% of "empty-nester" families, the kids have moved back home (or never left) because they cannot yet make a go of things on their own. The housing and other start-up costs now confronting them are far more formidable than their parents had to face. The Conference Board has done a series of analyses of income inequality in Canada. The latest was published about a week ago. They have concluded that we are becoming a more unequal country, with one of the biggest income gaps growing between younger Canadians and their older counterparts. Many youth feel increasingly left behind, even left out altogether. Last week, I asked the Harper government if they thought this was a problem. In their usual cavalier fashion, they just sloughed it off. While Conservatives remain fixated on cutting taxes for the wealthiest 15% in our society - tax cuts that even the late Jim Flaherty depicted as too costly and unfair - young Canadians are being told to curb their hopes and ambitions and settle for mediocrity. That's just not bold enough. Canada can choose to do better.
    Sep 29, 2014 10:17 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    So happy to welcome old friend Sam Gee back to Regina for a visit - lots of folks gathered to greet him at Lee's.
    Sep 28, 2014 5:35 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    An awfully expensive photo op for a deal that is still nearly a decade away from full implementation http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/politics/story/1.2780754
    Sep 28, 2014 5:34 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    As usual, St George Orthodox Cathderal is hosting a big Fall Supper in Regina - lots of people in the queue, smells great!
    Sep 28, 2014 4:03 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Big crowd of Reginans flow into Nikkei exhibition at RCMP Heritage Centre about treatment of Japanese Canadians during WW2
    Sep 28, 2014 3:31 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Volksliederchor Harmonie performs at Wascana Bandshell, part of Sk Choral Fed's participation in Sk Culture Week
    Sep 28, 2014 1:00 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Final March Past at the Police + Peace Officers Memorial Day in front of the Saskatchewan Legislature
    Sep 28, 2014 10:51 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Honour guard stands over police head-dresses while the names of all fallen police+peace officers in Sask are read at Memorial Day
    Sep 28, 2014 10:11 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Large parade of police + peace officers on parade in Regina as part of national memorial day for fallen officers.
    Sep 28, 2014 10:03 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The Chinese Cultural Society of Sask present its annual China Night - congrats again to Victor + Kathy Chang
    Sep 27, 2014 6:20 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Spending an interesting morning listening to concerns of prairie KAIROS activists - discussing corporate social responsibility + water.
    Sep 27, 2014 11:25 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    One of Wilf Perreault's great "alley" paintings decorates the walls of Wascana Rehab Centre - where ALS Walk begins this morning
    Sep 27, 2014 9:08 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Getting ready for the annual "Walk for ALS", starting at Regina's Wascana Rehab Centre - cloudy morning, but not bad!
    Sep 27, 2014 8:44 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Good friend Wilf Perreault was beaming last night at the opening of his Mackenzie Gallery Exhibition - huge crowd of admirers
    Sep 27, 2014 7:47 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "In the Alley" is the title of Mackenzie Art Gallery's massive and amazing exhibition of the works of Wilf Perreault
    Sep 26, 2014 10:04 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Justin Trudeau is posing a key question about Iraq for which Mr. Harper has provided no answer - who made the first request/offer? http://lpc.ca/9k5d
    Sep 26, 2014 8:58 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    This is "Essential Skills Day" - encouraging employers to invest in the quality, success + prosperity of their employees!
    Sep 26, 2014 6:46 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Wall St Journal has demolished Mr Harper's yarn on jobs. We're not 1st in the world - we're 16th after US, UK and 13 others. For young Canadians, economy is dismal; 240,000 fewer jobs than before the recession. The Conference Board says youth are not doing as well as their parents.
    Sep 25, 2014 11:59 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Harper Government squirming today in Question Period about engagement in Iraq - will NOT commit to bringing any changes before Parliament. Mr Harper provides more information about Canada-in-Iraq to the Wall Street Journal than he is willing to provide to Parliament.
    Sep 25, 2014 11:35 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    AN AGENDA TO STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY Yesterday, the House of Commons voted in principle on Conservative MP Michael Chong's proposed legislation to loosen the grip of Party Leaders over their respective Members of Parliament. It passed easily. Justin Trudeau and almost all of our Liberal Caucus voted in favour. Among other things, the draft law suggests that Party Leaders should not have the authority to sign (or refuse to sign) the nomination papers of all their candidates. It also gives Parliamentary Caucuses the power to initiate a process to fire their Leader. And so forth. Some herald this vote as a great break-through. Others say it is more symbolic than real because, to get support (especially from his own Prime Minister and Cabinet), Mr. Chong had to water-down his proposals so far that they're now merely options to be considered, not mandatory change. Let's hope they will make a difference in empowering individual MPs. But more will be required. During his run for the Liberal leadership, Justin Trudeau made a number of specific proposals for democratic reform. For example, he was the first to require his entire National Liberal Caucus to publish all their travel and hospitality expenses on a pro-active basis. His plan has since been adopted and implemented by the entire House of Commons. He has also introduced legislation to reduce government secrecy and bolster public Access-to-Information. And he has accomplished some actual Senate reform - more than anyone else - by proposing a non-partisan, non-patronage selection process and by requiring all previous Liberal appointees to withdraw immediately from the National Caucus and to serve as genuine independents. Liberal reform plans also include more free votes in Parliament. Party discipline would apply only in three specific circumstances - i.e., (i) when a "confidence" issue is involved according to Parliamentary traditions like on a Throne Speech or a Budget, (ii) when a vote relates to a specific campaign promise made to Canadians and upon which the government got elected, and (iii) when a matter is rooted in the Charter of Canadian Rights and Freedoms. Otherwise (and in the vast majority of cases), the "whips" would not apply and MPs would be free to make their own decisions and assume their own responsibilities. Minister would have to work harder and in a more cross-partisan fashion to win approval for what they want to put before the House. We also need to restore stronger Parliamentary control over the public purse - historically, that is what a Parliament is for! For example, there could be an annual deadline date for the presentation of each budget. There could be accounting consistency between the Estimates (before spending) and the Public Accounts (after spending) so MPs can actually "follow the money". The House could demand a costing analysis attached to every government Bill. And the government could be required to seek Parliament's approval before borrowing any money. Beyond that, we need a truly independent and properly resourced Parliamentary Budget Officer. There should be an impartial system (as some provinces have) to identify and eliminate purely partisan government advertising. And there need to be strict fences built around the use of secret Committee proceedings, Closure, Omnibus Bills and Prorogation to prevent their misuse to undermine transparency and accountability. And two other ideas: Elections Canada must be adequately staffed and funded, with independent investigative powers and enforcement authority to fight voter suppression and electoral fraud. And Canada should have a "preferential ballot" in its voting system. This would help ensure that successful election candidates actually get at least 50% of the votes cast, and their campaigning would need to be more civil and respectful because they would have to be concerned about Second Ballot choices. Old, divisive "wedge politics" wouldn't work anymore. Candidates would need to focus on what they can achieve in common, not the personal vilification of their opponents. What do you think? Good ideas are always welcome.
    Sep 25, 2014 9:55 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, Justin Trudeau asks about the Conference Board report on worsening prospects for youth. HarperCon answer doesn't even mention youth. Finance Minister Oliver refuses to connect EI credits to actual job creation. He also refuses to remove govt incentives to fire people. Economists Mintz, Moffatt, plus three major business organisations support Justin's plan to exempt new additional jobs from EI taxes.
    Sep 24, 2014 11:50 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    WINNING APPROVAL FOR JUSTIN TRUDEAU'S PLAN It's good to see that Justin Trudeau's proposal for an EI premium exemption on new and incremental job creation is earning broad policy approval. Economists Jack Mintz, Mike Moffatt and Stephen Gordon have been favourable toward the concept as a better idea than the government's EI tax credit which is totally unrelated to new jobs, puts a cap on growth and could even create an incentive to fire people. Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian Restaurants Association and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association all approved of Justin's idea. For the same amount of money as the government will put into its defective tax credit (to encourage maybe 25,000 jobs), Justin's plan would help foster the creation of more than 175,000 new jobs. It's obviously a more productive and cost effective way to proceed.
    Sep 23, 2014 4:54 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, HarperCons oblivious to Canada's jobs problem - there are 230,000 more unemployed Canadians today that before the recession. Young Canadians are facing deflated expectations according to Conference Board report today - there are 240,000 fewer jobs for Canadian Youth. That's why the new EI credit needs to be corrected to directly reward job creation and remove a perverse incentive to fire people.
    Sep 23, 2014 11:52 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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