Canada Democracy

We Are Challenging China And Fighting For Our Fathers' Freedom

Ti-Anna Wang | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Ti-Anna Wang

My father, Wang Bingzhang, is a Chinese political prisoner currently serving the 14th year of a life sentence for his work in pro-democracy activism. In 2002, while in Vietnam, my father was abducted into China and arrested by Chinese police. Six months later, he had a sham trial, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison.

The Deterioration Of Democracy In East Asia Threatens Human Rights

Elliot M. Cho | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Elliot M. Cho

Once a bastion of democracy in East Asia, which was successfully restored after almost 40 years of authoritarian rule, South Korea has now become the deathbed for democracy. Since 2011, Freedom House has rated the freedom of the press in South Korea as only being "partly free."

Electoral Reform: How We Can Move Toward A Citizen-Centred Democracy

Kathleen O'Connor | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O'Connor

At the end of the day, reforming our electoral system is an opportunity for Canadians to ensure that the voices of a majority of citizens are represented in Parliament. If Canadians feel better represented in the House of Commons, it stands to reason that larger numbers will also be motivated to engage more fully in our democracy.

LNG Approval Shakes My Faith In The Trudeau Government's Values

Andrew Frank | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Frank

As a progressive voter, it was disappointing to watch the press conference announcing the federal approval of Petronas' Pacific Northwest LNG project, an industrial project that would trample the rights and title of First Nations and make it virtually impossible for B.C. to meet greenhouse gas emission targets.

What Does The Statue Of Liberty Think Of Donald Trump?

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

One thing is certain. If he gets elected, she'll be out of a job. There won't be any immigrants to welcome, the Donald will see to that. And the very values America was founded upon, the very values that have made it the greatest, most powerful nation on earth, the very values that have attracted millions of foreigners in search of the American dream will cease to exist.

Politicians Have No More Excuses For Perpetuating Tax Avoidance

Guy Caron | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

Nobody likes to pay taxes. However, the pill is easier to swallow when everyone pays their fair share. It's increasingly clear that in Canada -- and in most industrialized countries -- many are not. We have a two-tier system where the wealthy and the corporations can escape their obligations, and the rest of us can't.

Reaction To Failed Turkish Coup Highlights Hypocrisy Of The West

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

Instead of condemning the coup attempt and blaming those who intended to destabilize the country, they have vehemently criticized the Turkish president for cracking down on the culprits and accused him of overreacting. They have probably forgotten what the word means.

Mike Robinson Proved That Personality Matters In Politics

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

It seemed like everyone in Ottawa knew Mike Robinson far better than I did. And yet, like everyone else, I had been touched by his healthy and warm personality in ways that were unusual in that city. His greatest gift to us all, important or, like me, less so, is the sense of goodness and fairness he left us in a world where cut and thrust are essential tools of the trade. He was good in every way that we could possibly imagine that word.

Why Should The Privileged Majority Always Rule?

Sarah Scott | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Scott

I probably belong to "the majority." I've not really ever had to fight for a right. I cannot recall a time when I have been looked down upon for the colour of my skin, my gender, who I married to or my economic worth. My life has an incredible amount of freedom. Yet I'm not entirely certain I would agree that the majority should always rule.

Althia Raj

Liberals Wave White Flag On Electoral Reform Committee | Althia Raj | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Politics

It's a complete 180.

Listen Up, O'Leary: Democracy Doesn't Fit On A Spreadsheet

Jerry Dias | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Kevin O'Leary premiers his new reality show this weekend -- an all-too real show, in fact. The man who made a name for himself as the loudest and most offensive cast member of the Dragon's Den reality TV show will be testing the waters at the Conservative Party convention this weekend for a possible leadership bid. He would be a terrible leader. Terrible for the Conservatives and terrible for the national debate in this country. Being offensive and insensitive to the very real needs and wishes of Canadians is not leadership and it's certainly not prime ministerial.

Big Oil Distorts Discourse To Fuel Its Bottom Line

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

We've all seen a chart like it: logos of corporations connected by thin lines to other logos, linking dozens of subsidiaries to spin-offs of even larger companies. But such diagrams rarely involve Canada or the fossil fuel companies that dominate lobbying and other political efforts.

Chairman Harper Was Right About Justin Trudeau

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
G. Elijah Dann

The greatest worry about Justin's pre-electoral inexperience was his sympathetic talk about oil pipelines and, for those of us in BC, Premier Christy Clark's aspirations for LNG. True, Mr. Trudeau didn't keep his mutually exclusive views a secret. He had already made his thoughts known about how it could be done "environmentally responsibly," a notion that's in contrast to the overwhelming science on climate change.

For The Federal NDP: Power Or Purpose, Which Is It?

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The belief in a fairer and more just world, never fully prioritized by the other parties, has been the shining "city on a hill" for the NDP for decades and remains a stirring vision. It still sustains them as they move forward and Canadians still require their outlook. The question is: will it remain their principal and overriding passion or will their recent nearness to power have them seeking more power than purpose?

An Open Letter To The New Independent Senators

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

As senator, you will be entering in a whole new phase of your life. As a newcomer, you have a freedom of thought and a creativity which will invariably be constrained once you will have internalized the Senate's culture. Use this limited time wisely.

Why Anonymous' Attack On Donald Trump Affects Everyone

Lauren Messervey | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

The turn towards targeting certain political figures is concerning. Despite Trump's vomit-inducing charades, the truth remains that as an American citizen, he DOES have the right to say what he chooses. Although some of what he says could fall under the category of "hate speech", we keep forgetting that there is a very simple solution to our Trump dilemma: stop voting for him. Really, isn't it the public's fault that he's still there?

10 Reasons Israel Is Not An 'Apartheid' State

Jake Beaumont | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jake Beaumont

Tyler Levitan's recent Huffington Post Canada op-ed entitled "Israel's Actions In Palestine Are The Definition Of Apartheid" is a perfect example of how when baseless accusations are left unanswered, they risk becoming accepted as conventional wisdom.

The Senate Has Its Very Own Legitimacy

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

Most of us, having only a vague understanding of the Senate's possible functions and past realizations, see it as illegitimate or undemocratic, and wish to correct the situation by applying one of two stereotypical and superficial recipes: election or abolition.

The TPP Hands Control Over Trade To The World's Wealthiest

Sujata Dey | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

The world's top one per cent own more than 50 per cent of the world's wealth. The ability to make policy and to enforce it at the national level is essential to combat the slide towards plutocracy, under which society is controlled by the wealthiest citizens. Mr. Obama and Ms. Freeland, please listen to your own rhetoric. Pull the plug on the TPP and CETA.

Anti-Hunting Activists Shouldn't Ban Your Saturday At A Hunting Show

John Laforet | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business
John Laforet

This isn't about whether hunting is good or bad, and at this stage, it can't be. This is about whether Canada is prepared to allow sanctimonious activists to have the absolute right to tell everyone else how to live their lives, and run their businesses, issue by issue as they see fit.

Canada Welcomes The Return Of Liberal Democracy

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada
Henry Mintzberg

Now Justin Trudeau is defining Canada, at home and abroad. But of course, Canada has defined Justin Trudeau. Can we imagine anyone who is more quintessentially Canadian, in his open, compassionate, and thoughtful style; and thoroughly bilingual, to boot?

A Referendum Rarely Leads To Electoral Reform

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

Justin Trudeau said he was favourable to changing the electoral system and that he would prefer alternative voting to our actual majoritarian system. What would be the alternative? And what considerations should we have in mind when discussing whether to implement it by referendum or not?

Conservatives Perfectly Suited For Uncovering Liberal Scandals

David Martin | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

First it was the Liberals' failed promise to receive 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. Thanks to Tory pit bulls on the Hill, Justin Trudeau has had to admit a delay of 60 long days in meeting his government's target. Who knows? The goal may now not even be reached until the end of March!

A Tale Of Two Elections: Canada And Turkey

Jack Jedwab | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

During the Canadian and Turkish election campaigns, leaders of the ruling parties hoped to benefit from a divided political opposition. At the front of each campaign, many voters in Canada and Turkey hoped for minority governments to fend majorities with leaders they mistrusted with too much authority.

Trudeau's Gender-Balanced Cabinet Is A Victory For Us All

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Justin Trudeau cast aside all that prevailing wisdom and just went for it, appointing a cabinet with a 50-50 gender split. What happened to all that having to wait for the slow movement of history? The reality of course is we can never use history as a lame excuse but as an opportunity to transcend it.