Review: Shunned

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have criminal records, typically for drug and property crimes. Many become model citizens. A few even wind up in Parliament. Retired two-term Liberal MP Ivan Grose (Oshawa, Ont.) was a convicted bank robber. The late New Democrat MP Frank Howard (Skeena, B.C.) was jailed for armed robbery as a youth. Ex-Conservative MP Guy Lauzon (Stormont-Dundas, Ont.), a recovered alcoholic, had two convictions for drunk driving. Yet exceptions don’t make the rule, note authors of After Prison: Navigating Employment And Reintegration. Many parolees are shunned in the workplace long after their debt to society is paid. Authors cite one employers’ survey that found most considered parolees to be weak, lazy or dishonest. “Gainful employment, in essence, provides the foundational ‘building block’ that former prisoners require to transition successfully into society post-release,” authors write. “Employment, beyond a means to sustain a lifestyle in a free society, is a central source of identity.” READ MORE

Says Public Deserves Refund

Taxpayers out millions' worth of sweetheart corporate subsidies have a right to expect their money back, Deputy Industry Minister Simon Kennedy said yesterday. Kennedy’s testimony followed an investigation that counted 186 conflicts at the board of Sustainable Development Technology Canada: "Funding was provided and it needs to be recovered." READ MORE

Feds Admit Carbon Tax Costs

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault yesterday released data confirming the carbon tax is a net cost for the economy. The figures contradicted repeated claims by cabinet that its tax was revenue neutral and created jobs: "Why did you wait until today to release it?" READ MORE

Long Study On Capital Gains

MPs yesterday agreed to spend months reviewing Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s proposal to raise capital gains tax revenues by $18 billion. New data show tax filers who report gains from the sale of farms, commercial buildings, vacation homes and other equity typically show profits under $50,000: "The government in an effort to start a class war has made a mistake." READ MORE

“You Think That Happened?”

Liberal appointee Senator Donna Dasko (Ont.) yesterday questioned whether foreign agents did any harm in the last two general elections. A judicial inquiry ruled May 3 “it is possible” the outcome in a handful of ridings was influenced by the Chinese Communist Party: "Do you think that happened?" READ MORE

‘Infinite Data’ Claim In Court

Anti-trust lawyers seek a Federal Court order for confidential market research by Rogers Communications Inc. The Competition Bureau has targeted Rogers’ claims to sell “infinite” data plans: 'We have reason to believe these representations convey a false or misleading impression.' READ MORE

Guest Commentary

André Pratte

Fathers and Sons

My father was a man of achievement, a prominent corporate lawyer, dean of law at Laval, CEO of Air Canada and a jurist appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. He was a workaholic who made little time for family. He worked from early in the morning until 7 at night, and often returned to the office late into the evening. Looking back, I don’t think my father was a happy man. He was stern, and never discussed his feelings. My father was a man from a different time, born in 1925. He was from an era where men were incapable of hugging their children, or saying they loved them. That was our greatest regret, and his too.