Is Canada really back?

| February 9, 2016


This issue Business Network focuses on Canada’s new government.

The Conservatives under Harper were becoming notorious. Since winning the majority government in the 2011 election, Canada’s government increasingly began to change its stance on many issues. On many issues, the Canadian public and the Canadian government were on opposite ends. Harper and the Conservatives were becoming an increasingly divisive force in the country, especially with their stance on the Niqab issue. Overwhelmingly, the public wanted change.


While initially the NDP under Mulcair were in the lead, the Liberals took everyone by surprise and swept into majority power. It’s true—Canada needed change. The Conservatives and their stance on many social issues were simple out-of-touch with most Canadians. People longed for the Canada they had known all their lives.


What is now left behind from the elections are Trudeau’s appealing promises, still ringing in the ears of the Canadian voter. Many things were promised, and some have, surprisingly, been implemented. Love him or hate him, the energetic and young Trudeau has had a strong start. Yes, his selfies with young admirers around the world made more news than his stance on many global issues—which is a shame. But hey, there is no such thing as bad publicity. Canada is relevant again. Clearly, gone are the days where Canada was a random, obscure participant in global events, whose leader was barely recognizable.


Trudeau’s stance on the Syrian refugee issue, and climate change are a breath of fresh air to the arrogant, short-sighted and downright ignorant stance of the Harper government we have come to abhor so much.


The breathtaking beginning is impressive, no doubt about it. Let’s hope that Trudeau and his team can keep it up. We need Canada back. The Canada we all love and cherish. Let’s remember our true self and get back to what we ought to be—the Canada with open arms to those of all backgrounds; the Canada of a beautiful mosaic.




 Press freedom issues in Turkey increasing exponentially


A press freedom report has shown that doing journalism in Turkey has become more difficult over the past year as more and more journalists face legal action, are losing their jobs and are even being sent to jail due to their writings or views.

Turkey is fifth on the list of the world’s leading jailers of journalists in a new annual report published by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), ranked after China, Egypt, Iran and Eritrea.’

We hope that the Government of Turkey to lift restrictions on freedom of expression, including expression online or in social media.


Wishing you a joyful, bright, healthy, prosperous and happiest new year ahead!


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