Carol Hughes’ Column

Carol Hughes’ column – It’s time for corporate Canada to earn their tax breaks

It’s an established economic principle that people respond to incentives such as a reward for good behaviour or punishment for bad behaviour.  Most people understand this on an innate level without ever looking at the studies that backs this up.  … Continue reading

Service cuts coming home to roost

While it’s tempting to view the role of a government through the lens of big national and international issues, there is a lot of administrative work that comes with the job as well.  Ministers inherit full departments staffed with bureaucrats … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – A Christmas present for Canadians

With Christmas and the New Year traditionally associated with goodwill, the leadup to the season was a timely moment for the new parliament to get down to work.  Not only does the holiday help quell any hard feelings that linger … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Without expungement, people still carry cannabis records

The legalization of cannabis in Canada is firmly in our rear-view mirror, but there are still issues that must be worked through.  One of significant importance is the fact that many Canadians still carry criminal records based on simple possession … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Telecom companies react to CRTC ruling by threatening expansion of internet services in rural Canada

Competition is a healthy component of a capitalist system.  It forces businesses to refine their practices while delivering choice and lower prices to consumers.  That is why it is disheartening to see the reaction from big telecom companies to a … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Labour Day marks victories we should never surrender

While the labour movement isn’t unique to Canada, it has a strong history of making our workplaces safer, more compassionate, and bringing about better wages. In many parts of the world Labour Day is celebrated as May Day on the … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Lobbyist have the government’s ear

Sometimes the workings of government aren’t as straightforward as we might like to think and on certain files it can become a question of whether the tail is the wagging dog, instead of the other way around.  While it’s easy … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Trade deals don’t always protect like they should

With the government launching a charm offensive on the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) another Donald Trump landmine is threatening the few months of peace we experienced on the trade front with the United States.  For the government, this development … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – There’s never a bad time to volunteer

For some of us, summer can be a carefree and enjoyable time as calendars can become less cluttered with appointments and more leisurely days take their place. But as we enjoy all the festivities that summer has to offer like … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Tax evasion costs us $40 billion a year – or more

A report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer released in late June has estimated the cost of the government’s failure to reduce overseas tax evasion at a number much higher than that provided by the Canada Revenue Agency.  The PBO report … Continue reading