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Canadians still using black market pot

It could be easy to scoff at Canadian laws that might have allowed SNC-Lavalin to avoid prosecution for bribery and fraud. But they’re working exactly as they should. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s anti-foreign bribery laws did their job

While the SNC-Lavalin scandal rages on, we should not lose sight of the importance of combating bribery crimes and enforcing the laws to prevent it.
Former SNC-Lavalin vice-president Stephane Roy leaves a Quebec courtroom after fraud and bribery charges against him were thrown out due to trial delays. Roy had been charged with bribing a foreign public official in connection with the company’s dealings with Libya. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

We should review federal foreign corruption laws

Until recently, paying a bribe or kickback to secure a contract abroad was seen as the cost of doing business in a foreign land. The SNC-Lavalin case has underscored the need to rethink the approach.
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Women cabinet members who quit

In 1921 and now in 2019, the respective resignations of Mary Ellen Smith from B.C. cabinet and Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from federal cabinet have exposed the limits of Canadian liberalism.
The Padma Bridge Project in Bangladesh is seen in this February 2018 photograph. SNC-Lavalin was accused of bribing officials in the construction of the bridge, though charges were later dropped. Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon

The global cost of SNC-Lavalin decisions

Promoting Canadian jobs is part of any government’s political mandate, but so too is the responsibility of ensuring that Canadian businesses are not supporting or condoning corruption abroad.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference in Ottawa to respond to allegations his office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould in the SNC-Lavalin affair. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

SNC-Lavalin: The need for fresh thinking about interference

The prospect of political interference is at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin controversy. But it raises more issues related to identifying and preventing inappropriate interference.
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Which countries have the most immigrants?

Immigration is seen as a global crisis, but the distribution of immigrants is anything but equal. Which countries have the most? Where they come from? Data provides some surprising answers.
Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is seen on April 20, 2018. Butts resigned amid allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

SNC-Lavalin & the politics of prosecution

The SNC-Lavalin affair raises fundamental questions about how decisions to prosecute are made, and what role elected politicians should have in that process -- if any at all.
U.S. President Donald Trump with China’s President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting in December 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A U.S.-China trade deal does not slow China’s rise

America may have missed a window of opportunity to curb China’s rise when it pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
A judge’s decision to acquit a Halifax taxi driver charged with sexual assault was protested at this rally in Halifax in March 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Rape myths continue to prevent justice for sexual assault survivors

A new Canadian law introduced as a nod to #MeToo, meant to protect sexual assault complainants, will have limited impact because it fails to consider how sexist judges and lawyers interpret laws.
Is the SNC-Lavalin controversy truly a political scandal? If so, it’s unlike any we’ve seen before in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen here in January 2019 with Jody Wilson-Raybould after she was shuffled out of her job as attorney general. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

SNC-Lavalin controversy: Truly a scandal?

A standard political scandal involves a person who did something wrong out of negligence or motivations of money, personal ambition, sex, etc. But the SNC-Lavalin affair so far lacks those elements.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Québec Premier François Legault last month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Québec’s Trump-like immigration policies

Canada's recent decision to temporarily stop deporting Haitians and Venezuelans reaffirms the nation's commitment to vulnerable people. However, Quebec's recent policies don't match with Canada's.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the main champion of the Green New Deal proposal. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Green New Deal critics are misguided

The Green New Deal has shifted the debate over what to do about climate change.
The recent train derailment in B.C. was one of a rash of high-profile derailments in Canada since the beginning of 2019. While none compares in magnitude with Lac-Mégantic, they evoke disturbing parallels to that tragedy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Train derailments show enduring safety gaps

The recent B.C. train derailment raises questions about whether any lessons have been learned from the Lac-Mégantic disaster of 2013.
There are lots of losers in Doug Ford’s Ontario. Who are the winners? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The winners and losers in Doug Ford’s Ontario

The very short list of winners, and a growing list of losers, in Doug Ford’s Ontario does not bode well for the government’s political future -- or the province.
A new review of 372 patient group submissions to the Canadian Agency for Drugs or Technology in Health – about whether new medicines should be covered by public plans – reveals a total of 1896 conflicts of interest. (Shutterstock)

Big Pharma donations may influence public coverage

A new study reveals how many patient groups lobby for new drugs to be funded by public plans in Canada -- all while receiving funding from the companies manufacturing the drugs in question.
Rosemary Brown, then a member of the B.C. legislature, speaks at a protest against pornography in downtown Vancouver in 1984. (CP PHOTO/ Chuck Stoody)

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Black Canadian activists pressured to be ‘quiet’ leaders

Do Canadians like their activism to be communicated in the safest and blandest manner possible?
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh celebrates his Burnaby South byelection win on Feb. 25, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Singh’s opportunity to reset his leadership

Jagmeet Singh needed to win the byelection in Burnaby South. Now that the NDP leader will have a seat in Parliament, can he still turn around the party's fortunes before this year's federal election?
Around the world, government officials fail often at implementing policy and public sector projects. Here’s why. (Shutterstock)

Why governments are so bad at public projects

Research around the world shows a consistent pattern of failures in public sector policy and project implementation. Yet we continue to embark upon implementation built on bias and faulty logic.

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