I provided Aviation Week an article for the September 29, 2014 issue which was released on the first day of the International Astronautical Congress in Toronto. In the commentary I discussed some the ramifications of the Canadian federal election next year. Here’s an excerpt. You can read the full commentary on the Aviation Week website (paywall).
Canada’s Next Election Could Help Boost the Space Program
“Canada’s next federal election isn’t until October 19, 2015, but the unofficial campaign is already underway as parliamentarians returned to Ottawa this month for the start of the fall session. The Conservative Party currently holds a majority in Parliament and has seen the number of its seats increase in the past three elections. The party will have been in power for nine consecutive years, its longest uninterrupted period since the late 19th century.”
“The Conservatives, during their tenure, have kept a tight rein on finances in an effort to keep the Canadian economy moving forward during difficult years and to balance the books, eliminate the deficit and have a surplus heading into next year’s election. You might think that would be cause enough to get reelected, think again.”