Canada Federalism

This Is The Worst Reason To Have Strong Federal Ministers

Maxime Bernier | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Maxime Bernier

The federal government has important national functions to fulfill. It would be better able to fulfill them if it stopped trying to solve every problem in the country, especially by violating our Constitution and intruding on provincial jurisdictions.

Federalism Is A Source Of Strength For Canada

Sean Speer | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

Government policy should seek to leverage the federalist tradition. This means more local experimentation, less central planning, and empowering provincial and local governments to advance provincial and local interests in their respective constitutional spheres without federal meddling or pressure to conform.

Lessons Learned From The Quebec Referendum

Jack Jedwab | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Twenty years ago some 150,000 people from across Canada assembled in downtown Montreal to make an appeal for the unity of the country. The "Unity Rally," as it became known, was held three days prior to the 1995 Quebec referendum on sovereignty.

The Ethics of Ebola Treatment: Who Gets What and Why?

Johanu Botha | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Johanu Botha

Disaster management is the preparation for, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from adverse events that transcend 'regular' emergencies while political philosophy asks the 'big' questions about power in society -- who gets what, and why? And when a fatal disease without a known cure moves rapidly from human to human it's not just about food supplies and First Aid Kits -- the question of who gets what, and why, becomes central.

How to Be Patriotic About a Country Built on Diversity

Johanu Botha | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

Respecting differences is rightfully Canada's claim to fame in the world, but that is not enough to guide this place to its fullest potential. Canadians cannot -- and should not -- embrace any particular race, language, or religion as their national marker, but they can and should embrace their country. Such an embrace constitutes a commitment to the people who share this land and, indeed, to the land itself. Canadians can put aside the fear that flying the Maple Leaf too high may yield a sudden intolerance in the ship's hull. It won't.

7 Things Canadians Might Not Know About Canada

Johanu Botha | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

If beer companies advertised countries, Dos Equis would rep Canada -- it is the most interesting country in the world. But many of those living here would never guess it. Hence the need for an internet list to all Canadians. You're welcome.

How to Strike a Better Deal For Punjab and India

Alex Sangha | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada
Alex Sangha

Punjab has a rich history and has contributed a lot to India. My ancestors originate from Punjab which is the land of five rivers in northern India. ...

At the Liberal Convention No Conservative Pettiness Allowed

Deborah Coyne | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The Liberal policy convention will bring together a wide range of dedicated Canadians determined to address constructively Canada's long-term potential and challenges. I am looking forward to many refreshing debates and discussions, with or without any childish and petty Conservative shenanigans.

Sometimes We Need to Oppose the Un-Opposable

Steve Lafleur | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

Spreading money around for things like community centres, water treatment plants, and social housing is a common practice for the federal government, and is rarely met with opposition. It's hard to oppose dedicating money to good causes. However, those are clearly issues of provincial and municipal responsibility.

Will National Unity Be a Part of Harper's Legacy?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 11.07.2012 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Any Prime Minister in his sixth year in office and nine years as party leader has to start looking at his legacy. What will he be leaving Canada with when down the road he decides to leave? Up until this point it was his performance on the economic front that was the strongest item, now how he performs and whether or not he can keep Canada together will also be part of his legacy.

Hey Harper, Take the PQ Win as a Chance to Step it Up

Deborah Coyne | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The advent of a PQ government in Quebec is both a challenge and an opportunity for Canada. This is a time for renewed national leadership that reaches out to Canadians to offers an overarching vision for Canada in the 21st century -- one where a strong federal government works with the provinces. I look forward to working with Quebecers and all Canadians to build a 21st century Canada -- one Canada, for all Canadians.

Hey Ottawa -- There's Nothing National About the Pipeline Debate

Deborah Coyne | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The "national energy strategy" recently debated by the provincial premiers is going nowhere fast, not least because the "national" part is completely meaningless. If one province needs the cooperation of another province, for example, to export power or resources across provincial boundaries -- pipelines from Alberta, hydro power from Newfoundland -- this is a matter to be resolved by the affected provinces, not Ottawa.

Could Tory Crime Bill Lead To Another Unity Crisis?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2012 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - Quebec Premier Jean Charest has found himself in an awkward spot today, thanks to a dispute over federal crime legislation.The premier is bei...

Layton On Referendum: '50% +1 Is Enough'

CBC | Posted 07.27.2011 | Canada Politics

(CBC) -- NDP Leader Jack Layton told reporters Thursday his party believes that a simple majority, 50 per cent plus one vote, is enough to decide a fu...