The Harper Government’s latest update to its Economic Action Plan – the one you are paying so much to advertise for them – in its 2013 Budget introduced less than a week ago.
Unfortunately, it is a plan that does little to help Northwestern Ontario or our residents.
It’s... Read More
Selling China the rope
The $15 billion takeover of Nexen Inc., one of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies involved in the oil sands, by Chinese state-owned China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) has been in the news a lot lately.
Many in Canada’s corporate sector... Read More
Before this year’s omnibus budget was passed, Conservative Member of Parliament David Wilks discussed it with his constituents.
They were upset with many of the clauses, and Wilks explained that, even though he agreed with many of their concerns, it was impossible for him to vote against... Read More
Energy Security from West to East
When it comes to Canadian natural resources, the talk is often about the “need” to ship our crude oil and bitumen (the tar-like product of the oil sands) to China and Texas as fast as we can.
That may serve to maximize profits for multinational... Read More
The development of the Alberta oil sands is a hot topic.
Harper’s Conservatives have promoted Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline ever since it was proposed in 2006. It is supposed to carry raw bitumen – the tar-like product of the oil sands – from Alberta to Kitimat,... Read More
With technology advancing at a rapid pace, balancing security with the public’s privacy rights has become a real challenge.
The Harper government’s Bill C-30, which pushes for new Internet surveillance capabilities, caused a big backlash from the Canadian public – especially... Read More
Last month Thunder Bay area had a heck of a downpour.
Roads washed out. Sewers backed up. Thousands of homes and businesses have water (and worse!) in our basements. I was one. MPs John Rafferty and myself, Bruce Hyer, immediately researched the Federal Disaster Financial Assistance Agreement,... Read More
I was honoured when the voters of Thunder Bay-Superior North chose me to be their voice in the House of Commons.
I committed to them:
To be honest,
To be open
To be accessible
To keep my campaign promises
Despite wide life experience with... Read More
You may have heard: the retirement security of Canadians is under threat.
At the World Economic Forum in January, Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the future of Canada’s Old Age Security program into question. OAS provides supplementary income to 98 per cent of Canadians over the... Read More
There is no question about it -- the Harmonized Sales Tax has made life more expensive for Ontarians.
But nowhere is this statement more true than in our communities right here in the Northwest. We are already dealing with high local unemployment and feeling the effects of a stalling... Read More