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Back? Canada Never Left

Erin OToole | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Erin OToole

The day after winning the election, Prime Minister Trudeau proclaimed to the world that 35 million Canadians were now "back" and the team behind him seemed to revel in that line. Such a bold claim within hours of an election win deserves some scrutiny to find out where Canada had been if we were now back.

Hold Canadian Mining Companies Accountable For Abuses Abroad

Yves Engler | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Business
Yves Engler

Is Justin Trudeau prepared to defy Canada's powerful mining industry and adopt legislation to constrain their abuses abroad or will he continue to place the full power of Canadian foreign-policy behind this controversial industry?

Justin Trudeau Is No Rock Star

David Martin | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

To attribute Justin Trudeau's ascendancy to a rock star phenomenon such as his father Pierre Trudeau experienced back in 1968 is to misread current Canadian politics. What happened, in fact, was less a cult of personality than a national plebiscite on the rule of the much-hated incumbent, Stephen Harper.

Expect Same Conservative Politics, Fresh Approach Without Harper

Dan Darrah | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Dan Darrah

Although the Conservatives find themselves preparing for a shift back into the opposition benches after nearly 10 years, the party didn't incur a loss great enough to warrant a rethinking of its approach to politics. The loss of seats was, in part, a response to Harper -- it was an anti-Harper vote. So, the loss of seats may not be as devastating a signal for the party's ideology or organization as it might first appear. There comes a time for the electorate when [leadership] turnover is necessary.

Harper's Divisive Politics Cost Conservatives More Than An Election

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

The Alberta battleground riding of Edmonton-Mill Woods became one of only two ridings in the city and one of only four ridings in the province to go Liberal. For the first time in a decade, Edmonton-Mill Woods is not a Conservative domain. This is only one example of a larger trend across Canada.

The Liberals Must Repeal Bill C-51

David Christopher | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Attention is turning to what the Liberals plan to do when they formally assume office in just a couple weeks. Many Canadians will be watching very closely to see what the Liberals are planning on the reckless secret police bill introduced by the previous government.

Restoring Canada Starts With Reinstating the Long-Form Census

Murtaza Haider | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Restoring the long form Census could be the defining characteristics of the new Liberal government. Unlike the Harper Conservatives, who governed by ideology and did not let data or facts dissuade them, the Liberals should embrace evidence-based planning and governance. It will be timely because in the world of big data analytics, turning our back on data, as the Conservatives did, has harmed Canada's competitiveness.

Trudeau's Drama Skills Cast Him as Canada's Next Prime Minister

Harvey Ostroff | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Harvey Ostroff

Politics is theatre on a grand scale. People go to the theatre neither to watch the actors nor to listen to them. They want to be transported into the world of the play: to suspend disbelief. The politician who can evoke an emotional response is the politician we will inevitably favour.

7 Things That Helped Justin Trudeau Pull Off a Historic Win

Bobby Umar | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Bobby Umar

The Liberals led by Trudeau have a lot work ahead of them, but their surprising victory may not be the upset we all thought it was. When you combine a growing need for change with a fresh, newer face, who brings a positive, unifying and consistent message, we can see how the red wave momentum was waiting for us. Perhaps many of us did not see it because this election fired up many negative emotions and divisiveness. However, most Canadians saw right through that. The people of Canada were the one who lit the fire and fanned the flames across the country on election night.

Stephen Harper To Resign As Conservative Leader

CP | Stephanie Levitz | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics

"We put everything on the line. We gave everything we have to give and we have no regrets whatsoever,'' said Harper.

A Look Back At The Marathon Election Campaign

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Politics

Eleven weeks later, here we are.

Candidate With Fewest Votes In 2011 Hoping For Electoral Reform

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics

Running for the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada doesn't grab Mike Taffarel a lot of votes.

Postmedia, Sun Front Pages Replaced With Full-Page Tory Ads

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Politics

"Voting Liberal will cost you."

Catherine Lévesque

Gilles Duceppe Says The 'Bloc Canada' Is Not Quebec's Friend | Catherine Lévesque | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics

"I believe that the other three parties - which I call the 'Bloc Canada' - are basically the same on many, many issues."

Harper Discusses Why He Entered Politics In Final Election Pitch

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics

"This is a very, very basic difference and the choice between a Conservative government and a Liberal government."

Inaction Scores Harper a Failing Grade on Climate Change

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Impact
DeSmog Canada

For more than two decades, Mark Jaccard has been penning "report cards" about Canada's environmental track record. The results haven't been pretty. His annual evaluations were harnessed in the mid-2000s by Stephen Harper as arguments for why the Conservatives deserved a shot at governing the country. Jaccard's latest report card, released on October 6, concludes the Conservative Party has since "implemented virtually no policies that would materially reduce emissions" despite making significant emissions pledges for 2020 and 2050. Jaccard concludes the absence of such actions shows "they must have had no intention" of dealing with climate change.

Harper's Conservatives Want to Dupe You Into Fearing Immigrants

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

What is most telling is that even given the divisive and downright xenophobic campaign the Conservatives have run thus far, they are still within striking distance to form government. This carefully crafted U.S.-style Republican narrative has set Canada on an extremely dangerous course, and one that only Canadian voters can steer back to the right path. From "old stock Canadians" deserving of greater government benefits, to the ridiculous niqab debate, to the absurd hotline dedicated to reporting "culturally barbaric" practices, the Conservatives are pulling no punches in their quest to mobilize their voter base.

Tory Candidate: Liberals Support Brothels In Your Neighbourhood

The Huffington Post Canada | Ron Nurwisah | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics

"What family would invest their life savings in a home near a brothel, a marijuana shop or a drug injection site?"

Grade 6 Student Grills Her Local Federal Election Candidates

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Alberta

Emma Sveistrup, 11, interviewed Calgary Centre's Liberal, NDP and Green candidates for her YouTube show, The Owl's Nest.

Tories Say Promises Will Cost $6.8 Billion

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Politics

The party is promising a series of budget surpluses, predicting a $1.7 billion surplus in 2016-17 and $1.4 billion the year after.

Harper's Relationship With the Jewish Defense League Is Disturbing

Tyler Levitan | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Tyler Levitan

With Canada's federal election less than two weeks away, I felt it important to address a highly topical matter: the Conservatives' close relations with the controversial Jewish Defense League. In 2001, after it had engaged in a series of bombings, an assassination, and several other violent incidents, the JDL was labeled a "violent extremist Jewish organization" and a "right-wing terrorist group" by the FBI.

Harper's Use of Fear as a Political Strategy Is Very Familiar

Adam Bunch | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Adam Bunch

"Fear is not a policy. It is not an election platform," Stephen Lewis, the former NDP leader, recently declared during a campaign speech. "Using fear to get power suggests a deep and abiding cynicism." It does. But it can also be an effective strategy. It has been for centuries. It distracts.

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.