Canada has a duty to its citizens to achieve the highest standards of environmental protection – to reduce discharges of harmful pollutants into the air, ground and water; to enhance wastewater treatment; to restore and improve water and air quality; to stop acid rain and reverse ozone depletion. These are matters of urgency.
Today’s parents are under pressure. It’s hard to find the quality of child care spaces we want for our kids. We’re often urged by employers and colleagues to minimize time away from demanding careers. We can’t always afford child care that’s convenient and reliable. According to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) last year, Canadian families spend over 22% of their net income on child care – well above the average for the 35 high income OECD countries.
Canadians have had an abiding dream – that by exchanging ideas, goods and services we enrich one another, that by opening ourselves to new products, to new thinking and to new approaches we make a better country and ultimately a better world. One hundred and fifty years after Confederation, it is time to complete our economic union.
By many measures, the digital economy – including the information and communication technology sector; digitally-driven business, financial, professional and retail services; and the application, content, creative, design and media sectors – has created the lion’s share of new employment in Canada so far this century.
Canada depends for its prosperity on the strength and success of Canadian businesses, large and small. We depend in particular on those generating merchandise and commercial services exports, as well as those with foreign affiliates. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Canada had US $475 billion in exports and $475 billion in imports in 2014.
The following is a conversation between speechwriter, columnist and leading authority on the prime ministers of Canada Arthur Milnes and Chris Alexander, candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. It marks the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Sir John A Macdonald, on January 11th, 2017, in this year of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.