Archive for November, 2013

Worried about Canada's economic future depending on a PR campaign

Ted Hsu

Canada is spending $40 million this year on advertising to portray Canada as a “stable and environmentally responsible source of energy”. Canada is regularly labelled as a world laggard in action on climate change and recently won a “Lifetime Unachievement…

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Canada's race car in the world economy is in a year-long pit stop

Ted Hsu

November 7th, in Finance Committee, we learned that, while Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credits are already being withdrawn, the direct grants to replace them won’t be rolled out until later next year. This is like Canada’s race car…

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Statement contributed to Defend Our Climate rally on November 16, 2013

Ted Hsu

Climate change is a serious threat to civilization.  But the wealth derived from fossil fuels has given our civilization the tools to address climate change, from scientific knowledge and technology to institutions of governance and commerce. What is lacking is…

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Checking the government’s numbers on taxes and spending

Ted Hsu

“…we want to see taxes lowered in this country. That is why they are now $3,000 lower for every Canadian family in this country.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Question Period, May 7, 2013. “Earlier today the Prime Minister claimed,…

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City budget burdened by expiring Federal support for affordable housing

Ted Hsu

It’s the time of year for City Councillors to do the difficult but critical job of setting priorities and determining the municipal budget and possible property tax increases. The federal government’s lack of attention to affordable housing is making this…

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The Harper/Senate Ethics Scandal

Ted Hsu

A lot of people have been asking me about the Harper/Senate ethics scandal. I certainly agree that has hurt the trust that Canadians need to have in their federal government and indeed in all politicians. Members of the Prime Minister’s Office and Senators are being investigated by the RCMP and…

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