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What should the government do about the Phoenix pay system?

Ah, the Phoenix pay system. Where do we start? 

Maybe with the newly released information that it will probably cost more than $25 million to fix or that the Conservatives said it would save the federal treasury $70 million annually?

Or maybe that tens of thousands of people who have been improperly paid or that the government was forced to rehire hundreds of payroll department and call centre workers after all these complaints?

Suffice it to say, there's a lot going on with the Phoenix pay system. However, Marie Lemay, the deputy minister responsible for public services and procurement did say yesterday in reference to the system that "termination is the most complex."

What do you think the government should do?

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What's your reaction to the fact that fracking could trigger earthquakes that could damage B.C. dams?

This week the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative (CCPA) exposed through a Freedom of Information request that senior B.C. Hydro officials fear that earthquakes, triggered by fracking, could damage Peace River dams and put hundreds, possibly thousands, of people at risk.

The Crown corporation has not said anything publicly about these concerns, instead negotiating behind closed doors, and has kept the public in the dark.

Let that sink in.

Fracking could trigger earthquakes more powerful than some dams are designed to withstand and they said nothing.

What's your reaction to the fact that fracking could trigger earthquakes that could damage B.C. dams?

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Should Elizabeth May resign as Green Party leader?

This week the Green Party voted to officially endorse the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

BDS supporters describe the movement as non-violent and that its purpose is to pressure Israel to end its decades-long occupation of Palestinian land.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May is opposed to BDS, calling it "polarizing, ineffective and unhelpful." She will be taking time off to consider resigning as leader. 

Should she resign?

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Are you surprised the Trudeau government granted permits for Site C?

The good ol' Trudeau government quietly granted two crucial federal permits for the Site C dam last week.

Organizations and individuals have been protesting against the proposed hydroelectric dam since it was proposed, citing environmental destruction and lack of respect for Indigenous rights among many reasons.

Are you surprised the Trudeau government granted Site C permits?

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How's the 2016 U.S. presidential race treatin' ya?

The U.S. presidential race is officially, officially on with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battling to see who will be elected the apparent "leader of the free world."

How's the 2016 presidential race treatin' ya so far?

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Is a carbon tax the best way to reduce emissions and fight climate change?

Carbon tax. It is an "essential element" to fight climate change, Justin Trudeau said yesterday.

Stéphane Dion jokes aside, the question remains: Is a carbon tax the best way to reduce emissions and fight climate change?

The Council of the Federation meeting this week has carbon pricing on the agenda and there have been disagreements about the best way to move forward and if a national carbon tax will be fair and effective.

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What have we learned from the Senate expense scandal?

With fraud and breach of trust charges dropped against Patrick Brazeau, the Senate scandal has now seemingly come to an end.

Three other senators, Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Marc Harb, were acquitted of all charges or had charges dropped earlier this year.

The CBC has kindly put together a complete timeline of the Senate scandal.

After this walk down memory lane, what have we learned?

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What #Q would you ask the #ERRE about electoral reform?

Yesterday, the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE) kicked off with Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef appearing as the first witness.

Monsef described the current first-past-the-post electoral system as "antiquated," cautioned against a referendum on the issue -- something Conservatives have been pushing for -- and emphasized public engagement.

The committee has also encouraged Canadians to engage with electoral reform using the hashtags #ERRE #Q -- a compromise on the original motion by NDP MP Nathan Cullen to include substantial allotted time for Twitter questions.

What #Q would you ask the #ERRE about electoral reform?

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Tell us your immediate reaction to the marijuana legalization announcement.

Marijuana legalization task force unite!

Today Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the creation of a task force that will help advise the government on moving forward with marijuana legalization in Canada -- a Trudeau 2015 election promise.

The federal legislation is said to be introduced in spring 2017.

Tell us your immediate reaction to the marijuana legalization announcement.

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What do you think about the CPP expansion?

This week the federal finance minister Bill Morneau and eight of the 10 provinces reached a deal to expand the Canadian Pension Plan.

The agreement would go into effect in 2019 and, once fully in place, the maximum annual benefits will increase to about $17,478.

What do you think about the CPP expansion?

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