Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the online magazine of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Ditchburn spent more than two decades as a national reporter, working for The Canadian Press and for CBC National Television. She is the co-editor with Graham Fox of The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy (McGill-Queen’s).

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A budget of Sharpie markers and erasers

Introducing the Sharpie marker and eraser budget: The Sharpie part is the bold, exceedingly liberal social policy planning that the new government is introducing into the fiscal plan (a direction the NDP will find very …

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A fresh, or re-heated, Conservative menu?

That Andrew Scheer would like to emulate the success of his predecessor at the helm of the Conservative Party makes perfect sense. Whatever you thought of Stephen Harper, he was a shrewd politician. Back before …

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A good year for Canadian women

One of the most poignant moments of this emotionally charged week was Hillary Clinton’s message to the crestfallen young women of America who supported her bid for the presidency. “Now, I know we have still not …

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Canada’s postcentennial generation

Let’s be honest, it’s difficult to feel an emotional connection to the number 150. There’s nothing particularly personal about it. Canada’s sesquicentennial marks the country’s age and accomplishments (and failings), but it doesn’t mark our …

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Jennifer Ditchburn

[en]Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the online magazine of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Ditchburn spent more than two decades as a national reporter, working for The Canadian Press and …

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La génération du postcentenaire du Canada

Soyons honnête, le chiffre 150 ne suscite pas beaucoup d’émotions. Il n’évoque rien de particulièrement personnel. Car si le cent-cinquantenaire du Canada marque une étape et des réalisations majeures (quelques échecs aussi), il ne marque pas nos …

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Mike Duffy, ethics and accountability

It was completely by accident that Policy Options planned for a special feature on the Federal Accountability Act in the same week as the verdict in the Mike Duffy trial came down. On the surface, …

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Our constantly evolving Canadian values

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch says we need to have “tough conversations” on complex issues such as immigration, and where newcomers stand on “Canadian values.” She defines such values by outlining what they are not: …

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Policy thinking for the next 50 years

When Lester B. Pearson lit the Centennial Flame in front of Parliament Hill on December 31, 1966, Canada was on the cusp of major change in many areas. At that time, the country was still fundamentally …

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Une excellente année pour les Canadiennes

L’un des moments les plus poignants d’une semaine forte en émotions fut le message d’Hillary Clinton aux jeunes Américaines à l’air abattu qui avaient soutenu sa candidature. « C’est vrai, nous n’avons pu briser le plus haut …

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Vacation shaming our politicians

Remember the commercial for the Cadillac ELR Coupe a few years back, the one with the smarmy rich guy who makes fun of the French for taking so much vacation? “As for all the stuff, …

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