Entries by Hassan Arif from 08/2011

U.S. Debt Ceiling Debate Speaks to Dysfunctional System

| Posted 08.01.2011 | Canada

The complexity of passing legislation through Congress with an intransigent Republican Party is something we should be worried about here in Canada, too. There is the prospect that the federal government, Canada's largest province, and Canada's largest city could all be governed by ideological conservatives.

Mountaintop Removal Mining: The Price of Unchecked Greed

| Posted 08.13.2011 | Canada

In West Virginia, the natural heritage is being destroyed through mountaintop removal mining. The state of West Virginia is, in some respects, like my home province of New Brunswick. The loss or destruction of these natural characteristics would represent a grave loss to us.

New Brunswick Liberal Party Needs Renewal

| Posted 08.16.2011 | Canada

If Liberals are to be a viable force in 2014, they need to offer a clear and progressive agenda to differentiate themselves from the Tories and stave off a potential NDP challenge. Minimum wage is an issue where Liberals can clearly show they are a progressive party, standing up for those who need a voice in the halls of power.

Ontario Election Is a Political Litmus Test

| Posted 08.22.2011 | Canada

The Ontario election overall is an interesting one to watch as a litmus test for the staying power of Conservative and NDP gains, and to see whether rumours of the Liberal Party's demise may truly be exaggerated.

Tribute to Jack Layton

| Posted 08.29.2011 | Canada

I have to admit that in the past I have expressed sharp disagreement with the direction in which Jack Layton took the NDP as leader. However, this does not take away from the immense sadness and shock I felt upon hearing of his passing away.