Author Archives: Carol Hughes

Pandemic profiteers and ultra-wealthy must pay their share: Hughes

While most Canadians and small businesses owners in Canada have struggled to get by and are worried about their future throughout this pandemic, the wealthiest in Canada actually got richer, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes. Hughes notes that Canada’s top twenty richest people are almost $40 billion richer than they were before the pandemic hit. Now, New Democrats are ...

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Comparisons won’t change much when it comes to combatting racism: Hughes

Anyone who watched the American Presidential debate will recognize the importance of the moment that Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacism and white supremacists. To make it even more incredulous, the President then spoke directly to the far-right group, Proud Boys, telling them to, “stand back and stand by”. It was a truly transcendent moment in North American politics. ...

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Dans la lutte contre le racisme, rien ne sert de se comparer

Quiconque a suivi le débat présidentiel américain reconnaîtra l’importance du moment où Donald Trump a refusé de condamner la suprématie blanche et ses tenants. Soulevant encore davantage l’incrédulité, le président s’est adressé directement aux Proud Boys, un groupe d’extrême droite, et leur a demandé « de reculer et de se tenir prêts ». Ce moment charnière marquera la politique nord-américaine. ...

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Comparisons won’t change much when it comes to combatting racism

Anyone who watched the American Presidential debate will recognize the importance of the moment that Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacism and white supremacists. To make it even more incredulous, the President then spoke directly to the far-right group, Proud Boys, telling them to, “stand back and stand by”. It was a truly transcendent moment in North American politics. ...

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Government knows what it will take to pass its throne speech: Hughes

The government delivered its throne speech this week and, as expected, it was filled with nice sound bites. While the chattering class in Ottawa speculates breathlessly about whether any opposition party will support it – spoiler, the Conservatives immediately said they wouldn’t – Canadians are left to wonder where they fit into the discussion. At the outset, it’s important to ...

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A Christmas present for Canadians

With Christmas and the New Year traditionally associated with goodwill, the leadup to the season was a timely moment for the new parliament to get down to work.  Not only does the holiday help quell any hard feelings that linger from the election, but it offers Members an opportunity to reflect on those things that bring us together.  The truth ...

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Is parliament ready to work for you?

The 43rd parliament assembled last week to elect a Speaker and debate the Throne Speech.  While I was not successful in my bid to become Speaker, there was a surprise outcome when the former Speaker was unseated by North Bay MP, Anthony Rota.  However, I was honoured to have been re-appointed as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Chair of the Committee ...

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Auditor General confirms what Canadians already know about government call centres

When the Auditor General files a report, it’s rarely good news for the government. That was the case this week when the watchdog’s office reported about the ongoing problems within government call centres for departments that people rely on – Employment and Social Development; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; and Veterans Affairs.  While Canadians might reasonably expect their calls would provide ...

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Climate change update shows how steep the challenge is

The floods gripping parts of eastern Canada just two years after record high-water events hit many of the same locations makes it more difficult to see the sense in those who argue against climate change.  There is no doubt that extreme weather events are happening with greater frequency; that 18 of the 19 warmest years ever recorded occurred in last ...

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Time to clean up our tax problems

There’s no doubt tax time can be stressful. Most of us understand there are consequences for cheating on taxes but may not be aware that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) also write off some debt as being uncollectable.  While this doesn’t often make news, the fact that this type of forgiveness was extended on a grand scale this year is ...

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Unpacking the federal budget

The political theatre that overshadowed the delivery of the budget may have helped insulate the government from a more complete reaction to what has been described as an unfocussed attempt to shore up support without allocating enough resources to move important issues toward resolution.  Lost in the commotion was the fact that this is a disappointing budget for Canadians who ...

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Budget misses the mark on important issues for the north

The last federal budget before this October’s election short-changed Northern Ontario, and mostly missed the mark, according to the NDP’s Northern Ontario MPs, Carol Hughes and Charlie Angus. “This is a disappointing budget for Canadians who need help right now to make ends meet,” said Hughes. “This budget is disconnected from most people’s reality and the challenges we are facing ...

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