Carol Hughes’ Column

Carol Hughes’ Column – Government Must Reject HSBC-RBC Merger

A year ago this month, RBC, Canada’s largest bank by market share, proposed taking over HSBCs Canadian customer base as the British-owned bank plans on exiting the Canadian market. While the proposed deal still has to go through a number … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Proposed Anti-Scab Legislation Would Give Workers More Power

On November 9th, the federal government introduced their long-promised anti-scab legislation. This new bill would provide a better opportunity for federal workers to negotiate improved wages and working conditions. While it’s been a very long time coming, it’s good to … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Fall Economic Statement Touts Measures in Housing, but Comes Up Short

On Tuesday, the Federal government tabled their fall economic statement. It comes at a vital time where Canadians’ want to see their government tackle measures that will lower costs and put money back in their pockets. Housing is clearly the … Continue reading

People Need a Break on Home Heating

It’s November, and after a warm October in most parts of the country, the weather is starting to feel a bit more seasonal. The cold is clearly on its way, and Canadians are justifiably concerned about the cost of heating … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Government Needs to Better Support Canadian Veterans

As Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day quickly approach, it’s vital that we take the time to focused on our shared history and show gratitude for the sacrifices made by our veterans. While many will be attending ceremonies at cenotaphs … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column- Alberta Discussion of Leaving CPP Problematic for Canadian Unity

Recently, the Alberta government has floated the idea of removing the province from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). This was not a significant point of debate in the recent Alberta election, and it’s slightly baffling why it has all of … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Cuts to DND Budget Cannot Impact Service People

Government ministers have been tasked with finding $15 billion in government spending cuts as they attempt to reign in spending and look for ways to cut discretionary waste between 2023 and 2028. Budget 2023 laid out plans for the government … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – We Can Bolster Local Economies and Protect the Environment at the Same Time

There seems to be this persistent yet false idea that working to protect our environment comes with unintended negative consequences for our economy. A large part of this may be fear driven by those industries whose financial stake is driven … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Continues to Remind Us of Important Work Ahead

September 30th marks Canada’s third official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is meant to honour Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who have suffered at the hands of Canada’s residential school system and gives each of us a … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Record Wildfire Season May Signal Need for National Fire Team

As we enter the last days of summer, it’s important to reflect on what has been Canada’s worst wildfire season on record, bar none. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC), a not-for-profit corporation owned and operated by the federal, … Continue reading