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

  • Lessons from Election Week in Canada

    They are clearly (at least for the moment) aligning with Redford and the Tories in Alberta and McGuinty and the Liberals in Ontario, It makes their role in the upcoming federal NDP leadership race an interesting subplot ...

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  • Life of the Party

    Rather, the point is that labels in the political process are often misleading and confusing, and the political party, once an institution which was the "caretaker" of a set of political principles, has morphed into something else ...

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  • Power from within

    Morton, hoping that a Morton victory would position the Tories to the right of centre and therefore leave more room for the Alberta Party to win votes on the left of centre in the next election Boessenkool puts it, is that a split right could lead to Alberta being governed by a centre-left party ...

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  • A bumpy political road ahead

    The make-up of provincial governments will change dramatically and given some of the most challenging issues involve how to pay for health care (a provincial jurisdiction), the climate of federal-provincial relations and the willingness of provincial governments to make changes to the status quo is ...

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  • To Share is Human?

    A Fast Company article this week (HT: Milton Friesen) highlighted how the standards are changing for companies in sharing what once might have been considered negative information that would have been buried ...

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  • The limits of letters

    If one of the tasks of leadership is to prepare a viable succession for the ideas and direction you hold dear, writing a letter as Jack Layton did is an entirely rational act ...

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  • Remembering Jack Layton

    This exchange provided me with a glimpse under the surface, but still Jack Layton was for me a political persona, an image on a screen, a name in the political news whose views mattered because people listened to what he said After hearing the story, Jack reminisced about his dad and segued to talk ...

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  • Celebrating the Essay as Public Good

    The seed for this piece comes from reading Geoffrey Kurtz's review essay of George Scialabba's What are Intellectuals Good For? Sciaballa's book seems to be a lament regarding the diminished place that public intellectuals have in society ...

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  • Valuable window-dressing

    However, beneath the bemusement rests an important foundation of constitutional tradition and stability which are a significant part of the story as to why we enjoy the freedom and prosperity that we do Any system involving elections might tempt the head of state to increased political interference ...

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  • Divorce builds character, but religion?

    The interviewer asked him about his faith and whether being openly religious could be a divisive matter in an NHL dressing room Quite matter-of-factly and with considerably more detail than seemed normal, they discussed the impact of his parent's separation while he was very young as a contributing ...

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  • Elected to Be Blamed?

    The mandate for bold leadership is increased if followers feel they have someone to blame if things go wrong? Is this perhaps an important insight into the nature of 21st century democracy? It is often said that we do not elect governments but un-elect them ...

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  • Hope comes to work

    When Cardus talks about social architecture, our vision is a fundamentally positive one regarding how the various parts of society can work together to create a better big picture ...

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  • Two-Sided Truth

    of a controversial question, getting caught up with sycophantic followers and celebrity leadership, and becoming emboldened by the profile and sense of importance that a megaphone can provide? While the subject was politics rather than religion, how different were last night's television offerings? ...

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  • Dying in Public

    Many online comments sympathetic to Derek Miller, admiring his courage, nonetheless defy his naturalism and express sentiments of hope that they will meet him someday or that he will "rest in peace ...

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