L. Ian MacDonald is a former editor-in-chief of Policy Options (2002-12) and is currently an editor and publisher of Policy Magazine.

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A conversation
with Jack Layton

POLICY OPTIONS: Mr. Layton, thanks for doing this. By the time this interview is published in early October, we’re either going to be into an election or we’re still going to be here. What’s your …

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A conversation
with Jim Prentice

POLICY OPTIONS: Mr. Prentice, thanks for doing this. In our new Nanos Research poll for Policy Options, 62 percent of Canadians identified fresh water as the country's most important natural resource, by a margin of …

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A conversation with Jim Flaherty

POLICY OPTIONS: Mr. Flaherty, thanks for doing this. JIM FLAHERTY: A pleasure. PO: First of all, on the budget, the deficit, you seem to have made a strong case for your argument that it's cyclical and not …

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A conversation with John Baird

POLICY OPTIONS: Mr. Baird, thank you for doing this. We're doing an issue here on foreign policy, Canadian foreign policy being kind of transformed or moving away from the honest broker tradition to more of …

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A conversation with John Manley

POLICY OPTIONS: Mr. Manley, thanks for doing this. JOHN MANLEY: My pleasure. PO: In the decade since you left public office, smart phones, social networks, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other forms of communications technology have changed our …

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A conversation with Peter Lougheed

POLICY OPTIONS: Well, Mr. Premier, as I still call you, thank you for doing this. PETER LOUGHEED: Delighted and honoured. PO: As you now know, you are the winner of our survey as part of the 40th …

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A conversation with Peter Milliken

POLICY OPTIONS: Mr. Speaker, thanks for doing this. Our thematic for this month, fixing Parliament, assumes that it is to some extent broken. So what is your sense of it? SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE PETER MILLIKEN: …

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A conversation with the Prime Minister

POLICY OPTIONS: Prime Minister, thank you for doing this. Congratulations. PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER: Thank you. PO: You've just come from the cabinet shuffle this morning where you had a very delicate balance of 73 Ontario MPs …

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A conversation
with Jim Flaherty

POLICY OPTIONS: Mr. Flaherty, thank you for doing this. FINANCE MINISTER JIM FLAHERTY: My pleasure. PO: There seemed to be a bit of a mixed message in the budget. On the one hand, it was transformational; on …

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A watershed election in a winter of discontent

On the morning of March 10, Liberal campaign director Raymond Boucher received the latest ”œinternals” from François Décarie of Ipsos, the party's pollster in the Quebec campaign. It told quite a different story than the CROP …

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Editor's Note

Welcome to our special issue, “Canada in the Pacific Century,” aligned with a national conference organized by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and held in Ottawa on September 24-25. We begin with a Q&A with …

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From 905 to 416:
The GTA majority

At 6.00 a.m. on the second Monday of the spring campaign, Jim Flaherty was at the Pickering GO station, meeting commuters on their way to work in Toronto. From 905 to 416, the two area …

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Le mot du rédacteur

Quelque part en 2010, le discours international sur les changements climatiques s’est recentré sur les énergies propres. Et peut-être est-ce le discours sur l’état de l’Union de Barack Obama qui, dès janvier 2010, a marqué …

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The troubles of an accidental leader

In a way, Stéphane Dion's problems began on the day and because of the manner in which he won the Liberal leadership in December 2006, coming from a distant third place to overtake frontrunners Michael …

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