Federal government undermines COVID-19 vaccine development

Canada’s amended Patent Act weakens protections for intellectual property in the life sciences just when rights are vital for mobilizing a rapid response

Federal government undermines COVID-19 vaccine developmentFirst, the good news: Symvivo Corp., a Canadian company, has a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate in phase one trials. The bad news is that the federal government is dismantling the incentives to find a vaccine. In the battle against the global pandemic, public- and private-sector actors both have essential roles to play. Governments are collecting data,…

Stop jumping on the WE-bashing bandwagon

The charitable organization has done a great deal of good. And there are plenty of other issues that are far more problematic

Stop jumping on the WE-bashing bandwagonIt’s time to end the sensationalism about WE Charity. It’s true that the administration of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government showed a lack of judgment by handing the responsibility for a government-funded volunteer program to an organization that several members of the government and their families have been involved in. The federal Liberals have not…

Trudeau’s lack of a moral code keeps getting him in trouble

And hiring a director of ethics won't do much to curb his natural tendencies

Trudeau’s lack of a moral code keeps getting him in troublePrime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon visit Canada’s ethics commissioner for the third time in five years. His ethical standards and lack of a moral code have been in question as the result of two previous controversies – visiting the Aga Khan’s private island and the SNC-Lavalin boondoggle. This new political controversy could be the…

How the Opposition can use the WE scandal to topple Trudeau

It gives them an opportunity to totally dismantle the Liberal Party’s leadership and the party’s policies

How the Opposition can use the WE scandal to topple TrudeauThe metastasizing WE scandal has many tendrils, like a noxious weed. It is spreading, inexorably, into the centre of the Trudeau government. It may kill it. The fundamentals are well-known. Justin Trudeau’s immediate family received hundreds of thousands in secret payments – after he became Prime Minister. Trudeau thereafter handed a billion-dollar contract to WE,…

Did we really need the Canada Student Service Grant?

Or was Trudeau just trying to buy the votes of young Canadians

Did we really need the Canada Student Service Grant?Conflict of interest revelations surrounding the selection of WE Charity to administer the Canada Student Service Grant have dominated recent media coverage and led to investigations by parliamentary committees and the federal ethics commissioner. While getting answers on how WE was selected is essential, there’s been scant focus on the more fundamental question: why was…

The lockdown failed our most vulnerable

Political spin to distract from the disaster in senior care centres will solve nothing. The industrial warehousing model must be questioned

The lockdown failed our most vulnerableThe COVID-19 lockdown sought to protect the health-care system and the most vulnerable. Health authorities quite early identified that the elderly and those with chronic conditions were most vulnerable. Various leaders reminded us that among those most at risk were members of the Greatest Generation, the Canadian men and women who defeated the Nazi scourge.…

Justin just keeps digging his political grave

With the WE scandal, Trudeau is at it again

Justin just keeps digging his political graveThe coronavirus pandemic is one of the biggest events of our collective lifetimes. You don’t have to take a poll. It just is. Millions of Canadians without work. Companies going bankrupt. Families in crisis. And, of course, 110,000 of us infected with Covid-19, and more than 9,000 dead. It has been a cataclysm. It has…

Could WE Charity spell the end of Trudeau?

He’s become the Rodney Dangerfield of Canadian politics: no respect at all

Could WE Charity spell the end of Trudeau?Picture this imaginary scene. In a dark corner of dank Rideau Cottage sits Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He’s resting comfortably in an old armchair, thinking about his future – and what he might wear to his next costume party, one assumes. His political honeymoon ended what seems like several lifetimes ago. His role as a…

Canada’s foreign policy needs a course correction

We can’t simply watch global events unfold. We have a valuable contribution to make and we’re up to the challenge

Canada’s foreign policy needs a course correctionCanada’s foreign policy has strayed from its traditional path, losing the traction it once had on the world stage. Canada’s last two attempts to secure a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council failed. Our international standing as a neutral middle power and an honest broker has lost its shine. Our…

Pierre would not be pleased with Justin’s folly

Judging by the amount of money at stake, and cabinet and family involvement, this may be the largest scandal in Canadian history

Pierre would not be pleased with Justin’s follyYou learn a lot about people’s ethics when money is involved. Even really rich people can take the wrong route for money. The current Trudeau family scandal may be a litmus test. Mother, brother and wife received fees from a charity that received federal government funds. This may be how Justin Trudeau will be remembered,…
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