Carol Hughes’ Column

Carol Hughes’ column – Why I (happily) wear a mask

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t much like wearing a mask.  They are uncomfortable and can be hot too, but the purpose they are meant to serve is compelling enough to make the exercise worthwhile.  What is difficult … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Better outcomes across the board with people-first approach

The House of Commons was busy this week (July 20th) in part due to an arrangement New Democrats negotiated earlier in the summer to ensure sittings over the traditional break period.  The deal was struck so that MPs would be … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Who will pay the piper?

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has hit finances hard.  That’s true for households and governments alike, so there was little surprise when last week’s fiscal update indicated we were on pace for the biggest deficit since the Second World … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Exploring your own back yard

Even if many travel plans have been put on hold, the weather is certainly cooperating this summer.  While people wait to see how we will get more people back to work and bring children back to the classrooms, blue-bird days … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Canada Day is special no matter the circumstances

It’s sure to be a Canada Day like no other this year.  With limitations on gatherings as a back drop, we won’t be able to come together in the usual fashion.  Many main-stays of community celebrations such as parades, concerts, … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Front-line workers remain critical to our efforts

With the flurry of activities related to a greater easing of pandemic-related restrictions, it is tempting to think we may have COVID-19 on the run but that’s not the case. We have been successful in our attempts to limit the … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Elements of CERB will have to be extended

The Canada Emergency Response benefit is set to expire at the end of the month.  It was introduced to limit the shock to household budgets and the wider economy with the hope that people would be able to return to … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Uncomfortable is good if we are ever going to make progress on racism

We have arrived at a point where being uncomfortable about discussions on racism is no longer a valid reason to avoid the topic. We have spent too long worrying about the feelings of people who, ‘don’t want to hear about … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Report on long term care a shocking wake-up for Canadians

For decades, New Democrats brought seniors issues to parliament explaining that too many are vulnerable or unable live in dignity.  While there was a time people were encouraged to worry more about minor tax breaks than Canada’s senior and vulnerable … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Anticipating a second wave and limiting its impact

As we enter a third month of physical distancing and learn that our actions have helped us avoid a worst-case pandemic scenario, the challenges are increasing.  While we deserve a big pat on the back for our efforts to date, … Continue reading