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Why Conservatives Changed Reform Act Into 'Hope for Reform Act'

Duff Conacher | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada
Duff Conacher

Conservative MPs had an historic, unprecedented chance to throw off their chains and empower themselves and all MPs, and political party riding associations, to represent voters. Instead, they changed the Reform Act to the "Hope for Reform Act," essentially giving up the chance to limit party leaders' powers.

Why I Left the Conservatives To Run for the NDP

Ethan Rabidoux | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Ethan Rabidoux

Mark Twain once said 'Give a man the reputation of an early riser and that man can sleep until noon.' Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney are responsible for three quarters of the national debt. Harper alone has added $170 billion. The Liberals get the rest. How either one gets away with even pretending to be fiscally responsible baffles me. Both parties have slept in well past noon. It's time for a rude awakening.

Canada Needs Zero Tolerance For Its Own 'Barbaric Cultural Practices'

Toula Drimonis | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

Forced marriages? Women forced to give birth in private and give away their children? Women trying to end an unwanted pregnancy with a coat hanger and the help of some back-alley doctor? All barbaric acts condoned, perpetuated, or conveniently ignored by the Catholic Church right here in Canada only a few decades ago. How soon we forget and pretend we're the evolved ones now...

5 Political Terms That Don't Mean What People Think They Do

Ward Anderson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Ward Anderson

This past summer I was lucky enough to go on a 10-week book tour all over North America. What surprised me was to find out how much people stood behind their politics without realizing that they were often calling themselves the wrong thing. Here's a few examples.

We Must Stop the Epidemic of Conservatism in Canada

Josh Bowman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh Bowman

The values we used to be most proud of as Canadians are slipping away. We used to differentiate ourselves from the States because of our kindness. Our compassion. Our politeness. Our open-mindedness. Socialized medicine. These are progressive values. These are Canadian values. Or so I thought. Our heros have been fighters for the underdog. Tommy Douglas. David Suzuki. Jack Layton. Nellie McClung. Terry Fox. Yet somehow, most Canadians seem to be saying that progressive values don't speak to them anymore.

Tories Using Provocateurs To Attack Liberals

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives are putting a new twist on an old tactic: spying on political opponents.They're no longer content to send observers to ...

The CRA Should Not Define Poverty's Threshold

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently forced Oxfam Canada to exclude "preventing poverty" from their mission statement in order to keep their charity status. Now a fundamental question needs to be answered. Why does the CRA think that charities have to wait for individuals to fall into poverty's trap before the charities can help the disadvantaged? Isn't prevention better than a cure? The bigger concern, however, is with a black-and-white definition of poverty. The assumption that one is not poor one day, but wakes up to be poor the next day is completely flawed.

When Harper Killed the Census He Robbed Canadians

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

An ad in the Globe and Mail reveals the extent of harm the Harper Conservatives have inflicted on Statistics Canada. Because of poor quality, Statistics Canada is not releasing data at finer spatial scales because the Harper Conservatives killed the mandatory long-form Census and replaced it with a voluntary survey of dubious quality.

Do You Use All Three Forms of Communication?

Mary Donohue | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada
Mary Donohue

If you can master this skill our research demonstrates that you can increase trust in leadership by 9 per cent in as little as 13 weeks. What does this mean to business higher productivity? Less churn. What does the mean to politicians, the difference between losing and winning, especially in a horse race election like Ontario's.

Tory Plan Benefits This Province Most

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the Harper government has no intention of backing away from its income splitting pledge, despite a new ...

The Myth of Open Nomination Contests

Keith Beardsley | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Nomination battles are fascinating to watch and if you are part of one it is an exhilarating experience. The hype of "open nominations" will continue as all parties try to prove to the media and public that there is a new way of doing business now. Let us see how long it takes before we start hearing complaints from potential challengers about how they were dealt with during this "open" process.

Rules For Using the Government Jet Seem Up in the Air

Keith Beardsley | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Watching the NDP's feigned outrage at the Conservative's use (misuse) of government aircraft generates flashbacks to when the Conservatives were in opposition. At that time as head of the Conservative research group looking into Liberal misdeeds, we would often check the Challenger jet flight logs. Upon assuming office in February 2006 realty set in.

Why Does Harper Still Support the Repressive, Misogynistic Saudi Regime?

Yves Engler | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Even the most ardent Conservative supporters must wonder what principled position is behind the recent government-sponsored arms deal with Saudi Arabia that will send over $10 billion worth of Light Armoured Vehicles to one of the most anti-woman and repressive countries in the world. Outside its borders, the Saudi royal family uses its immense wealth to promote and fund many of the most reactionary, anti-women social forces in the world. The Conservatives have ignored these abuses, staying quiet when the regime killed "Arab Spring" protesters and intervened in Bahrain. Worse still, the Harper government's hostility towards Iran and backing of last July's military takeover in Egypt partly reflects their pro-Saudi orientation.

Conservatives Losing Ground

CBC | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Politics

Conservative support is down across much of Canada and the party ranks behind the Liberals and NDP on their perceived ability to handle many issues,...

Potential Mayoral Candidate John Tory Stumbles Even Before Reaching the Political Gate

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

John Tory's non-campaign to become the next mayor of Toronto is in trouble. This is why. First, Edward Keenan, senior editor of The Grid and contr...

Did Trudeau Clean Up the Senate or Make a Bigger Mess?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Justin Trudeau probably shocked his Senate caucus colleagues more than the voting public today when he announced he was removing Liberal senators from the Liberal caucus, thereby limiting the caucus to elected members of parliament. Eventually the dust will settle and the real reason for this move will become evident, but for now Trudeau is in the limelight and he will have the Conservatives scrambling and perhaps the NDP as well. The truth is no one including Trudeau knows and we will only find that out down the road and closer to the next election.

Tories Raked It In

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservatives easily defended their position as top political fundraisers last year, taking in $5.2 million in the final quarter of 2013....

Why Tory MPs Could Be Looking For Work

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Last month, Brian Jean announced that he is leaving the federal political scene this month. When opportunity knocks some MPs will decide enough is enough. No one can predict how many, but it is pretty safe to say we haven't seen the last member of the Conservative caucus decide that their future is not in Ottawa.

'We Are Seeing The Impacts Of Climate Change'

CBC | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Politics

In what is being considered a first by a member of the federal Conservatives, Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid stated publicly on CBC News Network’...

The One Book You Must Read to Understand Stephen Harper

Russ Blinch | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

At first glance Harper looks very much the accountant he was trained to be: dull and lacking in passion. But don't be fooled, he has a determined even subversive vision for the country. Harper is bound to American style conservatism, yet his battles are not fought in the open. As a new book illustrates, Stephen Harper's path is a subtler one.

Canada's Offer to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS Falls Short

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Julio Montaner

There is an ongoing trend by our federal government to marginalize people living with HIV and AIDS. Ottawa will rightly pride itself about their investments in research aimed to develop a cure or possibly a vaccine. However, what good would it make to support research if we are not going to implement their results? InSite and HIV "Treatment as Prevention" are just two examples of Canadian successes that are simply not palatable to the federal government. And now globally, Canada has failed to match the contributions of key donors in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Why Conservative Comedy Does Not Work

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Simply put, it's funnier to laugh at those who Have than those who Have Not. If it surprises anyone that there is not more Right-Wing humour out there, ask yourself this simple question: When have you ever gone to a movie and rooted for the popular jock to beat the unpopular nerd?

Tory Fundraiser: Party Refused To Cover Duffy's Expenses

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

CALGARY - The man who oversees the Conservative Party's finances says he refused to pay off Sen. Mike Duffy's contested expenses, contradicting the ve...

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

How the Throne Speech Buried Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

For Canada's veterans the Throne Speech was a big flop. It devoted a total of 10 sentences to vets, and only two of them said anything about Harper's plans. The other six were self-congratulatory backslapping: meaningless rhetoric from a government which appears to think supporting veterans is as simple as saying those words over and over.