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Karl Nerenberg has been reporting on federal politics from Parliament Hill for rabble.ca since September, 2011. In his long career, he has won numerous awards as a broadcaster and documentary filmmaker.
This past July a young man was murdered deep in the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea, and Canadians should care.
Why concern ourselves with this one act of violence in a far away corner of the Pacific, at a time when there is so much violence in the world?
After all, there is lots of killing closer to home that could concern us, starting with the Ukraine (quiet for the moment) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). That latter group has even compelled U.S. President Obama to take serious military action, with Canada's Prime Minister Harper tagging along behind, calling out: "Me too! Me too!"
If Prime Minister Harper abides by his own law, a year from now we will be in a federal election campaign.
In the past, however, the Prime Minister has not shown much regard for his own fixed elections law. He pulled the plug early in 2008, for instance, claiming he could not get anything done in a minority Parliament. His Conservatives were re-elected, but still with a minority.
This time, Stephen Harper might at least have a plausible excuse for going to the polls early.
The Conservative government is maintaining the much-abused Temporary Foreign Worker Program, but putting some new controls and limits on it.
Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the new policy Friday, after Parliament had risen for its summer recess.
It is a partial about-face from Harper government policy since 2006, which was to, in effect, allow the expansion of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, based on the notion that there are significant labour shortages in some parts of Canada.