HMCS Montreal near Nanisivik (Nunavut, Canada) from the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces - picture from NATO Association of Canada

Canada’s Defence Procurement Strategy

Martin Auger Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division In February 2014, the Government of Canada unveiled its Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS), a multi-point plan to reform the Canadian defence procurement system. The Strategy has three key objectives: To deliver the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in a timely manner; To leverage defence…

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Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Balanced for Canada’s Agricultural and Agri-Food Industry?

Aïcha L. Coulibaly Khamla Heminthavong Resources and Environment Section On 5 November 2015, the Government of New Zealand released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP brings together 12 countries,[1] including Canada; in 2013 they accounted for over 35% [2] of the world’s gross domestic product. In 2014, Canada exported 65% of its agri-food production…

Canadian Pacific rail train, photo taken from Wikimedia commons

The Canada Transportation Act Review and the Next Decade of Transportation Policy

Allison Padova Social Affairs, Health and Infrastructure Section An efficient transportation system is an important enabler of economic growth, higher standards of living and environmental benefits. It provides jobs, moves goods and connects people. In Canada, the transportation sector moves more than $1 trillion worth of goods each year. Transportation and logistics industries collectively contribute…

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Are you Ready to Legislate?

Dara Lithwick Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Government legislation often overshadows the important role played by individual members of Parliament and senators in proposing laws. Since 1910, 278 bills sponsored by MPs and senators have been passed by Parliament, 43 in the 41st Parliament alone. Of the 43 receiving royal assent, some designated various days, such as…

The National War Memorial, Parliament grounds, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Snapshot: Canadian Veterans

Isabelle Lafontaine-Émond Aboriginal Affairs and Social Development  The programs and services the federal government offers to Canadian veterans have generated a lot of interest in recent years. How well do we know this important segment of the population and their needs? This HillNote provides a snapshot of Canadian veterans. It presents some telling statistics and looks…

Gergana Krumova, a laboratory technician in a microbiological laboratory at the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, works to isolate Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacteria strain in Sofia June 9, 2011. The European Union on Wednesday upped compensation to 210 million euros from 150 million for farmers hit by plummeting sales, after Germany first blamed cucumbers from Spain and other salad vegetables, and then German bean sprouts. Bulgaria has not registered cases of infections from the strain of Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacteria that has killed 27 people in Europe. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE HEALTH SOCIETY SCI TECH)

Patented Drug Pricing in Canada

Sonya Norris Karin Phillips Legal and Social Affairs Division Drug pricing in Canada is an area of shared jurisdiction among federal, provincial and territorial governments. The price of every patented drug, both prescription and non-prescription, sold in Canada is regulated federally through the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board (PMPRB). The PMPRB was established in 1987…

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The Evolution of Canadian Immigration Policy

Sandra Elgersma Julie Béchard Aboriginal Affairs and Social Development Each year, the federal government presents the “Immigration Levels Plan” which informs Parliament and the public about how many permanent immigrants are targeted for admission to Canada in the coming year. The target for 2015 totalled between 260,000 and 285,000 new immigrants, the highest planned level…