J.J. McCullough
J.J. McCullough is a political cartoonist and pundit based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. His work has been published in Reader’s Digest, the Vancouver Metro, and the Western Standard, and he’s a regular commentator on CTV New's "Political Express" panel. For the last decade he’s run Filibuster, an editorial cartoon blog specializing in U.S. and Canadian politics as well as J.J.'s Complete Guide to Canada.

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Entries by J.J. McCullough

In Canadian Politics, Honourable Means Showing Up

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:13 PM

If there's one thing Canadian politicians love more than lying, ignoring problems, and wasting your money  --  it's being called "honourable."

The fussy prefix "The Honourable," or its snappy bilingual abbreviation "The Hon./L' Hon.," is a title jealously guarded by the hundreds of middle-rank politicians the Department of Heritage

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Wanting a Perfect Education Act Will Leave First Nations Waiting Forever

(18) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 1:27 PM

If the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act dies the ignoble death many are now expecting, aboriginal politics in this country will have truly passed a grim point of no return. Never before has a more progressive, generous piece of legislation faced more hysterical and irrational...

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Think of Quebec Politics As a Window Into Foreign Culture

(20) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Polite convention dictates that we're supposed to imagine a great deal of difference between separatist and non-separatist governments in Quebec -- regardless of how much actually exists.

The new Liberal administration of Premier Philippe Couillard was understood to be more open-minded on language issues than his PQ predecessor, for instance....

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Why It's OK to Criticize the Supreme Court

(38) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 12:55 PM

"Security." "Among." "Justifiable." "Appointed."

When we talk about the Harper government's recent string of defeats at the Supreme Court, what we're really talking about is a string of semantic disputes over the meanings of these words. At a time when the Prime Minister's public feud with...

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Canada Is Corrupt When it Comes to Choosing Judges

(27) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Here's a fun fact you probably didn't know -- Canadian judicial appointments are among the most corrupt in the entire world.

That's the opinion of the human rights watchdog group Global Integrity, at least, who gave the integrity of Canada's judicial appointments a pitiful 32 out of 100...

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Bob Rae v.s. Jason Kenney: If You Talk About Immigration, You'll Offend Someone

(12) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 1:20 PM

If you want a glimpse of what it looks like when traditional partisan loyalties get scrambled beyond recognition, check out yesterday's epic Twitter dust-up between ex-Liberal boss Bob Rae and former immigration minister Jason Kenney over the issue of temporary foreign workers.

First, some background. Temporary...

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Let's Take the Senate Off Life Support

(49) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Though you hear the line thrown around a lot, the phrase "sober second thought" doesn't actually appear anywhere in the Canadian constitution. The catchy term, often offered as a shorthand justification for why the Canadian political system requires an appointed, unelected Senate as part of our legislative process, is nothing...

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Having the Richest Middle Class Isn't a Good Thing For Canada

(17) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 12:56 PM

For years, Canada's politicians have wondered who the middle class are and what do they want. This week, we add a fresh question -- are they satisfied with being number one?

Much has been made of a lengthy story published on the New York Times' wonky new blog declaring that "

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The Public's Fair Election Fatigue Is the Left Wing's Doing

(53) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 1:03 PM

If you get your news solely from the nation's opposition parties and editorial pages you can be excused for thinking the Harper government's proposed Fair Elections Act is something vile indeed. An "assault on democracy" getting "rammed through" Parliament, as the left-wing Tyee recently put it.

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State Funerals Need Better Ground Rules

(17) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 8:37 AM

Jim Flaherty was a great man and a great finance minister. The newspaper editorial pages have been unanimously singing his praises for a reason. He deserved a state funeral.

But after him, no more.

Canadians are rightfully nervous about disrespecting the deceased,...

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Fair Elections Act Critics Are Bad for Democracy

(95) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:54 PM

It's funny. For all the squawking on the left about the need to preserve and strengthen democracy in this country, no one on the progressive side seems terribly interested in standing up for one of the key principles of the practice. Namely, the right of the elected part of our...

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Caution: Philippe Couillard May Contain Traces of Pauline Marois' Ideals

(9) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Amid all the federalist euphoria over yesterday's election of the robustly pro-Canada Philippe Couillard as premier of Quebec, here are some important stats to keep in mind.

The majority of Quebeckers voted for parties that did not oppose separatism. A combined 33 per cent voted for ones that...

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Why Internships Should Be Illegal

(7) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 6:13 PM

Famed right-wing intellectual Dinesh D'Souza once quipped that the easiest way to understand the difference between libertarians and conservatives was that only the former would be comfortable with a pornography-based economy. A conservative himself, D'Souza's point was that the market should never provide our sole standard of right and wrong;...

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Why the NDP is the Vehicle of the Stupid, Not Smart, Left

(32) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Looks like Canada's dejected former NDP premiers club just got a new member.

On Tuesday, Michael Harcourt, the 90's-era New Democrat boss of British Columbia, announced he could no longer, in good conscience, remain a member of the party he led to victory 23 years ago.


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Why Do We Need 'Vouching' When It's So Easy To Vote?

(30) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Remember back in 2007 when parliament unanimously voted to strengthen Canada's voter ID laws? Probably not, since it was such a non-event.

In those heady days, the idea that voters should have to confirm their identity before casting a ballot was a notion so self-evidently sensible no party thought...

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In Ontario's Power Plant Scandal, The Crime AND the Cover Up Stink

(14) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:36 PM

It's a well-worn political cliche that it's not the crime that kills you in government, it's the cover-up. The logic is that the public is generally forgiving of minor instances of political wrongdoing  --  an embezzlement here, a crooked contract there  --  but considerably less so when politicians begin brazenly...

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How Canadian Tax Dollars Become Lavish Personal Spending Accounts

(9) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:20 PM

It's no longer worth denying. Canada is in the midst of a serious corruption crisis. It's time we started confronting it as the national outrage it is.

In my province of British Columbia, citizens are currently agog at the fact that the Portland Hotel Society, the oddly-named outfit that runs...

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Justice Nadon's Dismissal Highlights a Permanently Flawed Institution

(20) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:36 PM

The constitution of Canada gained a few new pages last week.

After months of uncertainty, on Friday the nation finally received closure in the much-watched face-off between the Harper administration and the Supreme Court of Canada over the Prime Minister's contentious 2013 appointment of Justice Marc...

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Bilingualism Is a Threat to Canadian Democracy

(39) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Canada is a nation of people too eager to keep quiet. We brood about things that annoy and enrage us rather than admit them openly, we chat around the dinner table about worries we don't have the courage to bring up in public. We politely claim to not be bothered...

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"Let Them Learn French": Canada's Bilingual Elite Hold All the Power

(97) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:19 PM

The other night I had a bit of a Twitter tussle with Paul Wells, beloved Maclean's political commentator.

To make a not terribly interesting story short, Paul sent out a tweet written in English linking to a blog written in French, and it grabbed my attention...

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