Tough-on-crime bill toughest on taxpayers

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Nov. 4, 2011
Even if Canada never reaches the startling levels of U.S. incarceration (with less than 5% of the global population, it is home to 25% of the world’s prisoners), for every new prisoner created by the Harper government’s toughon-crime bill, and for every year the new laws add to a prisoner’s sentence, there will be impacts to not just the cost of prisons and courts, but even more lingering strains on provincial health and social program budgets.

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Canadians have soured on Big Government

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Jun. 9, 2011
Canadians’ confidence in the ability of government to fix our problems is clearly fading. Three times as many people say they’re losing faith that government can solve social challenges, like improving health care and education, or environmental issues, as those who say their confidence is growing in government remedies; twice as many Canadians report decreased confidence in the government’s ability to addressing economic challenges than are encouraged by the government’s record.

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Five Things to Know about the big chief paycheques on native reserves

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

November 24, 2010
Conservative MP Kelly Block’s pending private member’s bill that aims to require aboriginal chiefs to publicly disclose their salaries may not change the way many First Nations are governed. As appalled as many people may be when chiefs help themselves to colossal paycheques, the reality is there is frequently a widespread consensus in a lot of native communities that chiefs are entitled to make their own rules… Even if a majority of members are outraged at their chief’s salary, they won’t necessarily protest.

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