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Trish Hennessy's Blog

Trish Hennessy is director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Ontario office. Follow her on Twitter: @trishhennessy

Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 22
Trish Hennessy | When it comes to regulations, Canadians trust their government is on the job.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 11
Trish Hennessy | Last week's furor over child care inspired me to look at the left/right divide between how we frame child care in Canada.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 1
Trish Hennessy | One of the many hazards of writing a blog dedicated to framing issues from a progressive point of view is the inevitable let down that there is no single magic answer to growing the progressive base.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog January 28
Trish Hennessy | Understanding the frame behind corporate tax cut messaging.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog November 24
Trish Hennessy | Today, 20 years after failing to make good on a unanimous federal government motion to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000, Parliament has unanimously agreed to try again.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog November 4
Trish Hennessy | What happens when we elect self-loathing governments? A lingering economic crisis. H1N1 virus vaccine fiascos. The list goes on.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog August 20
Trish Hennessy | Recession is putting the squeeze on renters seeking affordable housing.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog July 29
Trish Hennessy | The streets of my community may be lined with fresh sheets of pavement gold, but for those hit by Canada's recession, the road is still very bumpy.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog July 19
Trish Hennessy | As Canada's newest economic crown jewel, Saskatchewan may well become the Paris of the Prairies.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog June 18
Trish Hennessy | I'm thinking about Michael Ignatieff's talks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper this week and I cannot help but conclude: Iggy just blew the job interview.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog June 17
Trish Hennessy | Fixing Canada's EI system isn't rocket science, but apparently, it is political science. Harper-Iggy talks produce no new answers for the almost 400,000 (and counting) unemployed Canadians.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog June 4
Trish Hennessy | 2007 was a good year for Canadian incomes, but as the nation plunges into a hard and deep recession, we ask the question: Is 2007 as good as it gets?
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog April 24
Trish Hennessy | U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on credit card companies to stop the abuse and charge more reasonable interest rates. Will Canada follow suit?
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog April 2
Trish Hennessy | <p>I'm expecting Harper to replace the blue sweater from the last election with a plaid polyester suit and a t-shirt that says "I've got great swampland in Florida for you."</p>
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog March 20
Trish Hennessy | The people of France did something unheard of in Canada: They went on strike. Not one isolated sector but three million citizens strong. They are backed by three-quarters of the French population.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog March 19
Trish Hennessy | Am I the only Canadian who doesn't measure the worth of my nation by the wealth of its banks?
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog March 17
Trish Hennessy | CEOs, financial wizards and their ilk apparently need annual million dollar bonuses as their work incentive.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog March 12
Trish Hennessy | In his first speech on the economy since the January federal budget, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a request of the Canadian people: Now, he said, is the time to shed our collective modesty.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 27
Trish Hennessy | On my planet, the last thing you want during a recession is to create policies that leave more Canadians in personal debt and fewer low-income earners getting educated and retrained.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 24
Trish Hennessy | As signs of recession seep into Canada, I cannot help but think of New Orleans. Not the colourful images of Mardi Gras, the party to end all parties, but rather those CNN visuals of Katrina.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 17
Trish Hennessy | Somehow, we came to believe that Canada could enjoy the same high standard of living –- with public services the envy of many nations –- without having to pay full price for them.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 13
Trish Hennessy | Canadians, I said, are in denial. We think -- hopefully, miraculously -- that the global recession is going to happen everywhere but here.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 12
Trish Hennessy | Instead of addressing the widespread agreement in Canada that the federal government needs to fix the EI problem, our government is handing out hard hats with great self-applause and fanfare.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 4
Trish Hennessy | For top executives to award themselves these kinds of compensation packages in the midst of this economic crisis isn’t just bad taste; it’s bad strategy.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog January 27
Trish Hennessy | The weight of 100,000 (and growing) newly unemployed Canadians was on the shoulders of our federal minority government as they unveiled their budget.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog January 26
Trish Hennessy | As eyes turn to the resumption of Parliament today, the Conservative party is funding a spate of radio ads frightening Canadians over the possible revival of a coalition.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog January 23
Trish Hennessy | As I try to make sense of the varied and multiple trial balloons our federal government is floating in advance of the January 27 budget, I am reminded of Abbott and Costello.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog January 22
Trish Hennessy | Now is not the time for faux happy budget announcements that contain the nutritional value of a marshmallow. Now is the time to think big and to be thoughtful.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog January 21
Trish Hennessy | Recession, the fall of the super rich, and the demise of our trust in corporate gold diggers is the best thing that ever happened.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog January 20
Trish Hennessy | Over a decade ago, Canada popped the champagne cork as it slowly began emerging from a recession that hit the middle and lower classes hard.

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