Carol Hughes’ Column

Carol Hughes’ Column – It’s back to Ottawa for MPs

Parliament resumes this month with unfinished business and a number of prominent issues that emerged over the summer.  In addition to that, October will mark the half way point in the government’s mandate.  Faced with criticisms that their legislative agenda … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Selling public assets has no long term benefit

The more time Canadians have to unpack the Liberal commitment to invest in public infrastructure, the more it becomes obvious the plan is largely about turning tax dollars and public assets over to the private sector.  This for-profit investment model … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Labour Day reminds us that hard work is rewarded

Labour Day reminds us that hard work is rewarded How often have you heard someone say they are tired of politics, or that it is all the same and nothing ever changes?  As we approach Labour Day we should remember … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Canada should do all we can to avoid bitter racial politics

The car attack on counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina highlights the rising temperature in race relations that is taking place south of the border.  The response from President Trump – assigning blame to both sides … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – The government can easily fix new regulatory roadblock for credit unions

Last month an advisory from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) placed onerous conditions on credit unions and seemed to be doing favours for Canada’s big banks in the process. The edict, which was slipped through on … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Julie Payette to be our 29th Governor General

The announcement last week that Julie Payette will become our next Governor General is being widely lauded as an excellent choice.  Ms. Payette may be best known as a former astronaut, but she is accomplished in many fields and she … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Sears saga shows that pensions have to be protected

Sears saga shows that pensions have to be protected When a store fails there is more at stake than finding a new place to meet consumer’s needs.  For employees the challenges are only beginning. The bigger the enterprise, the more … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – NDP leadership race comes into focus

The wet cool spring had many believing things would never heat up and with the House of Commons on summer recess, politics seemed to be catching up with the weather, but not for a handful of NDP politicians and their … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Canada going strong as we celebrate 150 years

As we prepare for some special Canada Day celebrations this year it is only natural to think about what it is that makes us Canadian.  Of course there’s no simple answer, but many discussions centred on Canadian achievements, historical figures, … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – The Time for Nuclear Disarmament is Now

In March, the UN General Assembly began to negotiate a treaty to effectively eliminate all nuclear weapons and call for the recognition of the rights and needs of nuclear survivors. The negotiations were approved by a strong majority of countries, … Continue reading