Economic growth and social rights: the last 100 years

I highly recommend a fascinating history of how the role of government, attitudes towards social justice and economic development have developed and changed over the last 100 years particularly in the democracies of Europe and North America, given in a … Continue reading

Canadian Budget January 2009

Sent to: The Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, Ottawa, ON Dear Mr. Flaherty: I hear that you are consulting widely prior to finalizing your budget proposals. I trust that you are giving adequate consideration to two groups of people: … Continue reading

A list of priorities for the Canadian government

Finance Minister Flaherty has promised us tax cuts. The recent surplus, and projections for the future, make such a promise possible. And many people and corporations are happy. But we would prefer to see more compassionate and progressive use of … Continue reading

Letter to Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada

The Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada Ottawa, ON. Dear Peter MacKay: I have heard on reliable authority that since 2001 more than 800 social activists in the Philippines have been assassinated in waves of state-sponsored … Continue reading

Ethanol, the income gap, and taking the high road

Excerpts of a letter to a Canadian politician There is no question in my mind that we had to divest ourselves of the corrupt Liberal Government. Not that everyone at the top of the Liberal Party was complicit – far … Continue reading

Canada in the world

Yesterday I saw Jeffrey Sachs on CPAC, and was most impressed. He is Special Advisor to Kofi Annan on the subject of the Millennium Goals, and is with the Earth Institute of Columbia University. He expressed most eloquently some thoughts … Continue reading