Jim Flaherty hosted the G7 finance ministers in Iqaluit, but Canadians got little sense of something else he was up to: obstructing worldwide momentum for a tax on financial speculation.
Everyone concerned about the future of Canada's social and government programs in general should be keeping a keen eye on Ottawa for the next month as we get closer to budget day on March 3rd.
In the middle of a period of prorogation, when Parliament is not sitting, the Harper government has sprung a sweeping new trade deal on Canadians.
The H1N1 of the economy: It's baaack, the bogeyman of the 1990s and, before that, the 1980s: deficit hysteria. Get out the old Halloween masks.
"Find a job doing something you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life," or so the saying goes. Unless you get laid off, and face a lot of work...finding a new job.
In a landmark decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend unlimited funds to influence American elections, overturning a century of legal precedent.
Progressives have waited a year for President Barack Obama to roll up his sleeves and fight for serious financial reform.
By now it should be obvious that American capitalism is not working for the benefit of its "middle" class let alone the minority who are being crushed by poverty, including the growing suburban poor.
One year into Barack Obama's term of office, two remarkable things stand out: how little he has achieved on the core issues on his agenda; and how potent the right-wing has grown during his watch.
Someone could have made a bundle five years ago betting that Stockwell Day, alias "Doris," and a man who believes that humans and dinosaurs cavorted together way back when, would be where he is today.