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By that logic, 2006 Oscar-winner, The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, directed by Marin Scorsese, set in Boston and made entirely in English, is a Chinese movie, because it was based on the 2002 Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs, writes Maureen Parker. Image courtesy of The Departed

The only conundrum for Cancon is its continued conflation with foreign service production

Opinion|By Maureen Parker
We need a system that preferably recognizes the importance of key creative talent being Canadian—full stop.
Opinion|By Alejandro Adem
The thoughtful progress of Canadian society depends upon our ability to provide scientific, evidence-informed support for our policy development.
Opinion|By Sharleen Gale
Our members want better engagement and collaboration with industry, and industry wants better engagement with us.
The report was not suppressed but was actually used as a roadmap by the office of the Senate ethics officer with which to do their work.
Opinion|By Andrew Cardozo
Patience is a form of leadership, even if it doesn’t get a good soundbite. We tend to believe that patient and respectful dialogue looks weak in these times of the strongman world leader.
Opinion|By Mark Wegierski
The term 'small-c conservative' refers in Canada to so-called 'ideological' conservatives—as opposed to members of the 'big-C' Conservative Party, who are often 'small-l liberals.' However, 'small-c conservatism' is arguably still a broader term than 'social conservatism,' within the Conservative Party. 'Small-c conservatives' are the heart and soul of the party.
Opinion|By Malcolm Bruce
Three global trends in particular present a unique opportunity for Alberta and, indeed, all of Canada to use innovation to its advantage.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
A new exhibition at the Canadian War Museum aims to condemn those who carried out crimes against humanity in Latvia in 1941 and beyond.
Hill Times Columnists

Métis, Inuit, and First Nations youth need to see role models who live their lives with culture and intention. But so do all Canadians.
With close quarters the norm, it does not take much imagination to realize just how challenged the military would be to contain an outbreak in their ranks.
The fight for the Democratic soul reposes in two distinct groups, the young and the old.
In a macho political culture, peacemakers are not 'blessed'; they are suspect. And in the increasingly harsh climate in Ottawa, with Conservative leadership contenders vying to be the most belligerent and doctrinaire, frothy displays of anger are meant to denote strength, and simple solutions—which are never simple and rarely effective—are preferred over negotiation and incremental progress, which is how government actually works, no matter who is in charge.
As the world faces a pandemic, a dubiously performative president of the United States sets the stage.
Opinion|Erica Ifill
If police use of facial recognition technology continues to spread, what we will create is structural discrimination with ramifications that fall on racial fault lines. If you think Canada is divided now, just wait.
Barring a miraculous containment of COVID-19, it looks like it will take more than a round of rate cuts by central banks to significantly mitigate the onrushing economic crunch.
Opinion|Corey Shefman
Until Canadians and our governments start seeing the rule of law through the lens of colonialism, there will be no justice for Indigenous peoples and no peace for Canadian’s colonial institutions.
Opinion|Anshuman Guar
As the Canadian government reiterates its strong commitment to environmental protection without compromising economic growth, it would find in India a willing and able partner in this endeavour.
Opinion|Matt McManus
Canadians are not so easily frightened into reaction and we should remain committed to the liberal multicultural principles that make our country great.
The prime minister has torights first, embrace the full complexity of reconciliation and make it clear to all Canadians that while the road ahead will not always be easy, it is the only path to a just and sustainable f
Opinion|David Crane
If we want to build a successful Canadian society, we have to find a better way of ensuring that more of the talent and research ends up with strong IP assets in Canadian companies.
Hill Times Columnists

If we really want to push feminist policies, alleviate intersectional barriers, and achieve equity, then we’ll have to get our hands dirty, challenge power, and revolt.
Appealing to your base today has merit. But to telegraph your plans for six months from now, when a very different set of political circumstances will prevail, is not the best strategy.
The unelected Senate continues to be one of the great, unresolved problems of our democracy; it can do good work, even great work, but on its bad days, it is one of Canada’s embarrassments.
In the present day, there are modifications possible within the ‘colonial’ framework. But you don't burn down the village to save it. And binary descriptions don’t help the cause of reconciliation.
The rule of law applies equally to everyone; no one is above the law. Yet the rule of law has never been well-defined or equally applied for Indigenous peoples.
The man who lost to the woman who lost to Donald Trump is now the one delivering all the previously unthinkables.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
Maybe an exposé would spark the call for a full parliamentary inquiry into just who was responsible for leading us into such a quagmire in Afghanistan.
Opinion|Erica Ifill
Within a week, the prime minister had gone from seeking patience to speaking to Indigenous people like the father you disappointed by cutting class.
While MacKay’s and O’Toole’s tough talk may rev up the Conservative base, it’s not likely to build the wider support the party needs among Canadians.
The post-election report has been delivered to Andrew Scheer, but the Conservative caucus will never see it as long as he remains the leader of the party.
With a plan and appropriate funding, Parliament has the opportunity to make history and completely realign the way prescription medication is delivered and paid for in Canada.
Hill Times Columnists

If we want to restore trust in Parliament then we need to restore the role of MPs as representatives sent by their constituents to exercise their best judgment and experience for the public good. This means their loyalty is not to the party leader, but to the broader public interest.
The contest is already shaping up as the ugliest, most surreal, and out-of-bounds campaign in modern times.
In a year when American voters are longing for both change and normalcy, electability trumps all other arguments.
There is no question there is now, and has been, disparity and adversity in our society: but it is a test of our character as to how we respond.
Whether the political parties like it or not, hug-it-out is the new screw you and agendas will only advance through cooperative efforts.
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