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THE SINS OF THE FATHER

July 2017 As appears to be the case for many Canadians (and perhaps most, if reported polling is to be believed), the settlement of the Charter case brought by Omar Khadr has left me deeply disappointed.  However, in my case that disappointment lies not in the substance of that settlement but in the inability and/or unwillingness of the government to acknowledge the complexities that make it so divisive. To liberals (but apparently not all Liberals), the calculus is simple: the Supreme Court has ruled that Mr. Khadr’s Charter rights were breached in Canada’s explicit endorsement of his continuing incarceration in […]

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I CIB DAZED

June 2017 A much-heralded element of the federal government’s commitment to an expansion of infrastructure spending in Canada has been the announced intention to create a Canadian Infrastructure Bank (“CIB”).  It is through the CIB that the government intends to channel an initial $15 billion of public capital that is to be partnered with private capital invested by many of the world’s largest institutional investors, some of whom happen to be none other than Canadian pension funds.  These Canadian pension funds, it seems, are active investors in infrastructure globally, but have few if any comparable investments in Canada. The response […]

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HOME ON THE RANGE

May 2017 We live in a time of great cynicism.  Altruism was long ago abandoned as the default assumption for the motivation behind any public or private act.  Personal gain and self-preservation reign as the presumed guiding principles for all.  The holder of the most powerful office in the world offers only the most half-hearted of policy justifications for the dismissal of a public servant leading an investigation that strikes at the very heart of the legitimacy of the office holder.  Conspiracy theorists have never been so blessed with more abundant fodder for cynicism and dismay. It is in the […]

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