Ray Pennings

Ray Pennings co-founded Cardus in 2000 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, working out of the Ottawa office. Ray has a vast amount of experience in Canadian industrial relations and has been involved in public policy discussions and as a political activist at all levels of government. Ray is a respected voice in Canadian politics, contributing as a commentator, pundit and critic in many of Canada’s leading news outlets and as an advisor and strategist on political campaign teams.

Bio last updated July 27th, 2021.

Ray Pennings

Articles by Ray Pennings

  • The Chance to Speak Up

    Did the Minister seriously consider the different nature of a Catholic school in making her decision and was the logical implication that no religious school could ever teach a religiously-based equivalency of this curriculum? Is this indeed the minimal impairment of the freedom of religion rights o...

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  • Part of the Problem with Politics is You

    The sort of castigation that dominated my social media feed last evening regarding the legacies of both Premier Redford and Minister Flaherty reminded me that the problem of contemporary politics is as much a problem of citizenship as it is of leadership Premier Redford is not a witch whose politica...

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  • Taxes Are Good, but Charity's Better

    The argument for this deduction is that the charity is doing a public good and hence, deserves public support With a 30 percent credit in place, a taxpayer who decides to donate $100 to a charitable organization is concluding that a greater good will come from $170 given to the government and charit...

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  • Remembering Dad

    Dad was able, by God's grace, to live a faithful life of service that made the gospel plausible Whatever they did with the witness Dad provided, they were given a living testimony through his life that God's grace is real and that life can, in the midst of all of the brokenness, be lived to God's gl...

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  • In Praise of Ritual

    Yesterday, as has been the case for most recent budgets, I was privileged to receive an invite to that lockup and witnessed the process in which think-tankers, industry association representatives, and other interested stakeholders are given a 90-minute sneak peak of the budget documents ...

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  • Non-Partisan Politics

    A quick check of the definitions on page 123 of the Senate Rules confirmed that a "recognized party" was "a caucus consisting of at least five Senators who are members of the same political party Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau reframed the Canadian Senate debate last week by announcing that the 32 Li...

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  • Dignity of Work

    But one part that really interests me is the needed refocusing of Canada's construction workforce—the contributions of those Canadians who make construction their vocation ...

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  • Rediscovering Liberal Principle?

    He lamented that Liberals have engaged the past few decades maintaining "a steadfast ideological commitment not to maintain steadfast ideological commitments," suggesting a renewed commitment to freedom, fairness, equality, and sustainability as the touchstones for the appeal of Canadian liberalism ...

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  • Advent Hope

    Corporately, we try to apply justice, responsibility, freedom, dignity, and community to the issues of today.

    But without the birth, life, and death of one Jesus of Nazareth, 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, our work would be nonsensical ...

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  • Jumping out of the Private-Public Box

    Yet Coyne then uses a sweeping contrast, highlighting church groups as a specific example of private organizations who "wish to remain private, separate, and apart from the public square Political parties are not purely private organizations, of the kind who wish only to remain private, separate and...

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  • Reforming Political Institutions

    Tuesday morning, Wellington-Dufferin MP Michael Chong introduced his Private Members' Bill to reform the relationship of MPs to their parties and leaders, and to embed caucus rights within the processes of the House of Commons Chong deftly avoided the traps set for him but as long as political cover...

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  • Rob Ford, the Media, and the Three Cs

    Compare the media and public conversations regarding Clinton and Ford, and the only logical conclusion is that we've since become a society of prudes, ready to impose our morality on those who lead us The police chief holds a media conference and makes public "a deluge of salacious details" that hav...

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  • Caricatures and Blame Games

    It's as much about helping those who are not poor feel better, delegating their compassion through government programs For those on the conservative side of the spectrum, the political dimensions of poverty have not always been handled well ...

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  • Muddled in the Middle

    Homo dependicus is hardly a slogan that they would admit to, but is likely to be the premise around which they appeal to middle class voters Therefore, instead of a raft of policies that require voters to think of themselves either as poor or benevolent to others who are poor, the NDP policy platfor...

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  • Diminishing Religion

    There was a time when religion was rightly understood to be part of a basic human identity, and it was seen as a mark of a society's liberal tolerance that religious confession could be freely expressed without fear of marginalization The fact that Loyola would reference what Catholic doctrine might...

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  • Too Soon to Tell?

    Bebbington convincingly provided evidence that historians have either ignored or skewered data regarding the contribution of religious motivations and how an appreciation for the role of religion changes our take on this history Would they regard the role and influence of religion in North American ...

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  • Experiencing Every Square Inch of God's Theater

    Last week's Comment interview reminded me of why I prefer John Calvin's metaphor of the world as the theater of God's glory over other metaphors that are often utilized when discussing Christian cultural engagement Still Calvin's choice of this metaphor is helpful in thinking through what it means t...

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  • Mixing Journalism and Politics

    The nomination of two profile journalists as candidates in the Toronto Centre by-election has revived the debate about whether journalists should enter politics Given Canada's "long and rich tradition" of this, it's noteworthy when even Toronto Star columnists are raising "ethical issues" that four ...

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  • Talking Hell in Public

    What I do know, however, is that the hell that evil deserves, whether committed by notorious sinners or more refined sinners, has been paid for and grace and forgiveness are freely offered However, even though religious references to hell are relatively rare, casual and popular references to hell se...

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  • Power and Common Good: Squaring the Smiths

    Jamie Smith, on the other hand, considers Daniel's influence exercised over people who clearly did not like him (hence the attempt to repurpose him as lion food) as the exercise of official power and the tool of government Christopher Smith uses power in a very personal way, focusing on the personal...

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  • Loyola's Freedom of Religion

    The application of Charter protection regarding freedom of religion and whether that applies only to natural persons or also to institutions (such as a high school based on a religious order) The ERC purpose is straightforward: "The new program, which reflects the preference of the majority of Quebe...

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