Carol Hughes’ Column

International Women’s Day meant to challenge assumptions

Every year on March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day which has its roots in the suffragette movement at the turn of the 20th century, but continues to remind us that despite many victories, there is still a lot of … Continue reading

Taking aim at single use plastics will save us money while making a real difference

When it comes to taking concrete steps that will protect the environment, North America lags behind other jurisdictions.  That said it is hard to find people who would argue against the idea of creating less waste, especially for plastics which … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Sweetheart deal for corporations at the centre of exploding allegations against the government

The surprise resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould from cabinet this week caps a string of developments that have rocked the government with respect to their apparent cozy relationship with the Quebec-based engineering firm SNC Lavalin.  What began as the surprise demotion … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Pharmacare can’t suffer the same fate as electoral reform

It’s no secret that the cost of just getting by is going up for Canadians.  Even when we find a little relief on one front, it seems there is another way to make life more expensive to counteract that.  That’s … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Tariffs aren’t working for anybody and the issue needs to be resolved.

Tariffs aren’t working for anybody and the issue needs to be resolved. When we consider the impact that American aluminum and steel tariffs have on Canada the concerns of producers are first of mind for a good reason, but they … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Canada Food Guide gets a makeover

The long awaited update to the Canada Food Guide has arrived and it bears little resemblance to its predecessor.  In many ways the guide is catching up to the leaps in research that have increasingly singled out highly processed food … Continue reading

Infrastructure spending has to address the needs of Canadians first

The government started 2019 with a charm offensive from the Infrastructure Minister in an attempt to change the narrative that federal outcomes have not matched election promises on this important front.   Thinking back to 2015, there was wide-spread support for … Continue reading

New Pensions for Life don’t live up to campaign promises made to veterans

The basic idea of consultations is not that hard to understand, yet despite the simplicity, government after government fails to engage in consultation on a number of important fronts.  We see the consequences of this type of failure most often … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – The best parts of Christmas haven’t changed much at all

On Remembrance Day when we pay special attention to our veterans you may hear the phrase, “every day should be Remembrance Day” and there is a lot of truth behind that sentiment.  That’s because of the struggles many veterans face … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Linguistic diversity is strength not an expense line in a budget

This week parliament rose in recognition of the last surviving Mohawk code-talker whose unique language skills helped the allies win World War II.  As the entire chamber celebrated this individual’s remarkable accomplishment, I was struck how our linguistic diversity can … Continue reading