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How Parties Try To Recruit Youth To Their Campaigns

CBC | CBC | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Politics

The Conservative Party, for one, is taking shots at "lefties" on campuses and touting its ISIS airstrikes as a recruitment tactic.

The Conservatives Are Betraying Canadian Jobs

John Cartwright | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Business
John Cartwright

This will be the first generation of Canadians in our history to be worse off than their parents. That blunt fact is the new reality of our country, where seven per cent of workers are officially jobless (and much more if hidden unemployment is included) and youth unemployment stands at over 13 per cent. And that reality is a direct result of the policies and actions of this Conservative government and the Mulroney government that came before it. Friday's headlines point to the 26,000 auto parts jobs at risk as Harper drives ahead to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Refugee Crisis Highlights Need for More Engagement Among Canadians

Steven Zhou | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Steven Zhou

Data from UNHCR shows that only about one per cent of the world's displaced population resides in Canada. In fact, Canada has yet to meet its own targets for refugee acceptance when it comes to the current crisis, which originates primarily out of Syria and Iraq. Canadians, especially Muslim Canadians, interested in changing this status quo now have a lot more incentive to show up on October 19 to vote and do their part in the political process.

Debate Moderator To Leaders: Forget The Talking Points, Go Deep

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Politics

Rudyard Griffiths says it's time for leaders to explain their rationale for how Canada can navigate all the world's turmoil and make a concrete-- and practical-- contribution.

Kenney Says Tories Would Expand Canada's Special Forces

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Politics

The Tories are framing the measure as a way to ensure Canada is able to confront international security threats around the world.

The Leader is Important, But Candidates Matter Too

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel D. Veniez

When we cast our ballot, most of us believe that we are voting for a prime minister. Indirectly, we are. But we actually vote for an individual who, if elected, sits in the House of Commons as the representative of one of 338 federal constituencies in Canada. -- Despite our creeping cynicism and dismissiveness of our MPs, few jobs are as important, and the people whose names are actually on the ballot matter a lot. Yet, we rarely take time to assess whether they should be entrusted with the duties of a lawmaker. Often, our only focus is on the party leader, which comes at the expense of getting to know the person we are actually going to be voting for.

Corporate Tax Cuts Have Made Canada a Poorer Country

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

Canada does not follow the U.S. in spending astronomical amounts of funds to develop and purchase weapons and use them in wars. Our health care expense is way lower than that of the U.S. The U.S. spends about 17 per cent of its GDP on health care, whereas the Canada medical share is around 11 per cent. So where has the Canadian government's money gone?

New Tory Ads Paint Harper As The Safe Choice For Canadians

Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics

The ads depict Harper as someone reliable, while making Thomas Mulcair look like a risky choice, and painting Justin Trudeau as too inexperienced.

Strong Voter Registration Campaigns Scare Stephen Harper

Nick Fillmore | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

The primary objective of Stephen Harper's absurdly-named Fair Elections Act is to prevent hundreds of thousands of Canadians from voting for the NDP, Liberals, Greens, etc. They know that a large number of people -- students, marginalized people and First Nations -- will have a hard time voting. There needs to be close co-operation among groups to make sure that as many people as possible -- particularly people in some 70 ridings where the Conservatives are vulnerable -- have the identification they need to vote.

Tories Promise To Match Private Museum Donations

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2015 | Canada Politics

The endowment fund would be based on a similar program already in place for the arts.

The Tories Are Looking For A Few Good Vets (To Sing Their Praises)

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO — An email being circulated among former Canadian soldiers suggests federal Conservatives are looking for a few happy, satisfied veterans to...

Doug Ford Is 'Superstar' To Succeed Harper: Organizer

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Politics

Speculation about the former Toronto city councillor's return to politics has hit a fever pitch.

Under Fire Over Duffy, Harper Clings To Campaign Message

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Politics

Stephen Harper is refusing to be knocked off his double-barrelled core campaign message: economy and security.

Criticizing Israel's Politics Isn't Anti-Semitism

Tyler Levitan | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Tyler Levitan

Anti-Semitism is what many Canadian Jews experienced who faced quotas when applying for professional degrees, or who were barred from joining certain golf clubs. Anti-Semitism is what my ancestors experienced in Eastern Europe with pogroms, frequent assaults and massacres in Jewish communities. Anti-Semitism is the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. How can it be in any way appropriate to use this term to describe individuals who criticize a modern political entity -- the state of Israel -- which systematically violates the rights of Palestinians?

Where Does Your Candidate Stand on GMO Labelling?

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

Attend an all candidate's meeting in your area, and ask what his or her stance is on GMOs. If enough people ask, they'll know that this is important to Canadians, and that their chances of getting elected will depend on where they stand on this issue! Together, we can make GMO labelling an election issue.

Garneau: Tories' Economic Record Ruined

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics


Why We Need to Talk About Copyright Extension and the TTP

Michael Geist | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have attracted considerable attention in Canada in recent weeks as the political consequences of dismantling agricultural protections loom large with a national elections scheduled for the fall.

Politicians - Stop Treating Us Like Idiots When it Comes to Climate Change

Cameron Fenton | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

We can't shut off the fossil fuel economy overnight, but the science clearly says that we need a real plan to leave fossil fuels like tar sands underground. Politicians need to stop treating this country like idiots and recognize that most people want an economy that's not dependent on the boom and bust of the oil cycle.

The UCCB Isn't About Parents - It's About the Election

Brent Rathgeber | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Brent Rathgeber

Both Treasury Board Guidelines and the Ethics Commission state it is inappropriate for a government official to blur the lines between a government and a partisan announcement. However, Minister Pierre Poilievre felt no apparent shame. He was quick to point out that neither the Liberals nor the New Democrats support the UCCB (a half-truth at best). Accordingly, he was not so subtly attempting to persuade an apparently gullible public that only the Conservatives could be trusted to protect families. It's not new for governments to attempt to play politics with taxpayer money; but vote buying has rarely felt more shameless.

Harper's Conservative Party Doesn't Uphold Traditional Family Values

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

Those who support the Conservatives see their party as practicing and upholding traditional family, moral and biblical values. Even though the Conservative government is extreme and disrespectful of science, knowledge, fact and rationality, its supporters would simply overlook faults even when they are glaring.

Canada Post's Community Mailboxes Are a Disgrace

David Martin | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Business
David Martin

I was surprised to receive an envelope in the mail from Canada Post informing me that our neighborhood would be converting to so-called community mailboxes next year. Having read the odd news item about their latest plan, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised but maybe I was simply in denial. Maybe I couldn't believe that Canada Post would do something this outrageous and arbitrary.

Trudeau's Uninspired Platform Makes Mulcair the Obvious Choice

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

In the absence of a clear-cut vision from the Liberals, the NDP has become the reasonable alternative. The party is now on record voting against Bill C-51 and voicing a strong opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Mulcair has advocated for a national child care policy worth $8 billion and proposed targeted tax cuts for families.

"At Least We're Not That Bad" and Other Potential Federal Election Slogans

David Martin | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

In anticipation of the next federal election, the Conservatives launched an ad campaign last September with the less-than-inspiring slogan, "We're better off with Harper." No expression of grand ideas for Canada. No glorious visions for our national future.

Is Canada Destined to Be Ruled by the Same Two Political Parties?

Samer Majzoub | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Canadians throughout the years have been convinced that they have only one choice to choose between either of the Liberals or Conservatives. This particular "doctrine" has ruled out any opportunity for other political parties to rule the nation in any way.

Tory Fundraising Machine Goes Into Overdrive

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative party fundraising machine has gone into overdrive while New Democrats and Liberals seem to have stalled during the first qua...