Today, Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced an overhaul to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program including: lifting the ban on hiring Temporary Foreign Workers at fast-food restaurants, increasing application fees for employers who want to hire TFWs, and limiting the number of low-wage TFWs who can be hired by an employer.
What do you think of the changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program?
On Wednesday, Peter MacKay tabled the Conservatives' new sex work legislation, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which criminalizes the purchase of sex, the communication for the purpose of selling sex, the gain in material benefit from sex work and advertising sexual services.
What do you think about Peter MacKay's proposed sex work law?
This week, the Ontario Court of Appeal is hearing an appeal concerning the right to housing.
Does the right to housing belong in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms?
The Fair Elections Act passed third reading in the House of Commons and is on its way to the Conservative-dominated Senate.
What should progressives do now about the Fair Elections Act?
After the resignation of Shawn Atleo, the Harper government has decided that it will put consideration of Bill C-33 First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act on hold until the AFN clarifies their position.
What do you think about the decision to put the First Nations Education Act on hold?
Parliament is back in business this week and there is a lot on the docket. One gets the sense that the Conservatives are going to try to push through a hamper full of legislation in a very short time. The opposition are concerned that the Conservatives are pushing too hard on a number of fronts.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing Parliament?
The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled today that if the federal government wants to fundamentally change the Senate, in any significant way -- ranging from elections to term limits to abolition -- it will need provincial consent as laid out in the 1981 amending formula.
Those procedures for amendment mean either approval of the federal government plus seven provinces that make up at least 50 per cent of the population or, in some cases, unanimous agreement of all ten provinces.
Do you agree with the Supreme Court's decision on Senate reform?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday that Canada has agreed to send six CF-18s to assist NATO in operations in Eastern Europe. Of the decision Harper said, "This is in response to the situation that's developing there, and frankly, more generally to the concern that we have on what really is expansionism and militarism on the part of Russia under the presidency of Mr. Putin."
Do you think Canada should intervene in Eastern Europe?