OTTAWA—Following a panel’s recommendation to allow charities more freedom to speak out, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) welcomes the federal government’s decision to suspend the Canada Revenue Agency’s controversial political activities audit program. But the CCPA still awaits closure on its own political audit. The CCPA was one of dozens of charitable organizations targeted by the previous federal government for a political audit.
After a long period of colonial subjugation, the 18th century witnessed the establishment of independent states in the Americas. Latin American revolutions and the fight for independence in the United States eradicated colonial power while developing various more or less atrophied forms of the republican state. In the case of Canada, however, history took a different turn. Unique in the Americas, the colonial state and monarchy imposed by the British Empire on Canadian territories at the turn of the 18th century was not overthrown.
There is an important difference between celebration and commemoration. In considering Canada 150, the government tagline for this year’s sesquicentennial festivities, the contributors to this special issue of the Monitor argue too little of what we are seeing can, or is even intended to, lead the country to a fuller understanding of its history. To truly commemorate—whether it is Canada’s Confederation or any other moment—we need to address those things we find distasteful and disappointing, as well as those things that make us proud.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the CCPA held its fourth annual telephone town hall, which enabled us to engage in a live, interactive dialogue with almost 3,000 of our supporters from coast to coast, and from the comfort of their own homes. CCPA supporters joined us from around the country, as Executive Director, Peter Bleyer, hosted a lively discussion with CCPA economists and researchers, including David Macdonald, Trish Hennessey, Erika Shaker, Scott Sinclair, Sheila Block, Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood and Monitor editor, Stuart Trew.
We in Manitoba find ourselves in need of a serious discussion about how to coordinate services, including lodging, for the refugee claimants who are continuing to cross the Canada-US border at Emerson, Manitoba. This involves puzzling out the place of supports and services in the broader refugee system as well as locating refugee claimants within this system.
The first in a series Population Indicators 1,303,900 Manitoba’s population estimated by Statistics Canada as of January 1, 2016. 16,200 The amount the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics estimates Statistics Canada undercounted Manitoba’s population number above. This impacts per capita transfers from the federal government to Manitoba.
OTTAWA—The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Bleyer as its new Executive Director. “We are excited to welcome Peter to the CCPA,” says CCPA President Larry Brown. “Peter brings leadership and energy to the Centre and has worked to advance progressive policy in Canada for many years.”
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