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Five Unfair Things About The Fair Elections Act

Terezia Farkas | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Terezia Farkas

The Fair Elections Act, when you examine all its parts, is designed to fix the next election so the ruling party who are the Conservatives win. That is not fair or democratic for 2015 or any future elections. So here are five things that are unfair about the Fair Elections Act.

Althia Raj

Trudeau Wants Free Vote On Fair Elections Act | Althia Raj | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau promised Wednesday to repeal the Conservatives' controversial Fair Elections Act if he is elected prime minis...

Meet The Big Earner Topping Ontario's Sunshine List

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Executives at Ontario's government-owned utility, who have been under intense scrutiny for generous salaries and benefits, again topped the ...

Althia Raj

Tories Defend Spending Millions On Outside Lawyers | Althia Raj | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics

UPDATE, March 28: The Conservative Government tabled a revised version of their legal costs Thursday, bumping the total number spent on outside legal ...

Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite "Get" My Letter to John Kerry

Elizabeth May | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

The HuffPost blog from the Fraser Institute's Senior Director, Natural Resource Studies, Kenneth Green, set out to make me look uninformed based on my submission to the U.S. State Department on the proposed Keystone pipeline. From his first words, it was pretty clear he didn't grasp the concept of writing a letter.

Police Documents Describe Rob Ford Crack Video

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics

On March 19, Toronto police released a new group of documents regarding the investigation into Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his friend Sandro Lisi, incl...

Chow: Toronto Deserves Better Than Rob Ford

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Veteran left-wing politician Olivia Chow kicked off her campaign to unseat the city's infamous mayor Thursday by alluding to his numerous sc...

Women and Work: Rethinking Parental Leave in Canada

Jennifer Hollett | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Business
Jennifer Hollett

A recent study found executives of both sexes consider the tension between work and family to be primarily a women's problem. The official theme for International Women's Day 2014 is "equality for women is progress for all." Let's do exactly that by supporting progressive policies for women, and new opportunities for men and families.

Think Quebec's Going to Separate? Take a Valium!

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel D. Veniez

As expected, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has called an election this week. Recently published surveys appear to suggest that her Parti Quebecois government is tracking toward a majority government. Predictably, the political and pundit class in English Canada are hyperventilating at the prospect of a referendum on Quebec sovereignty should the PQ win a majority. The citizens of Quebec will vote for a new government in their next election. They aren't going to the polls to vote to form a new country. That may come later. But I doubt it. Like the rest of us, Quebecers are far too preoccupied with questions much more fundamental to them.

Trudeau Apologizes For Controversial Joke

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Politics

Justin Trudeau has apologized for an off-hand remark he made on a popular Quebec TV show that some interpreted as making light of the bloody conflict ...

Althia Raj

Who Watches The Politicians? | Althia Raj | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The head of Elections Canada is fighting back against the Conservatives' suggestion that he's a partisan player and can't be trusted to overs...

Why We Hate Politics

Jennifer Hollett | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Hollett

I recently delivered a TEDxTalk in Toronto's Distillery District, inspired by the event theme "invented here." I wanted to talk about politics, but I knew if I did that, I'd likely lose the audience. So I explored the reasons behind the yawn reflex when someone mentions politics: I titled my talk "How to Hate Politics."

Our "Meeting" With Minister Fantino Made Me Sick

Bruce Moncur | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

As you may or may not know this past week, I was part of a delegation of veterans that pled and begged that the designated Veterans Affairs offices earmarked for closure remain open. While preparing for the press conference, the minister entered our room. The veterans, some upwards of 85 years old, had been going non-stop for 12 hours at this point. Hungry, weary and upset at the minister's failure to materialize at the earlier scheduled meeting made the room feel like a ticking time bomb. I felt sick to my stomach and I knew this would end badly.

Mr. Lisee, Do Not Confuse Your Own Stance With That of Quebec's

Maripier Isabelle | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Maripier Isabelle

One possible justification is that he might have genuinely not acknowledged the thousands of people taking to the street to demonstrate their rejection of the Charter in its present form and its incompatibility with Quebec's own Charter of Human Rights and Freedom. Given Mr. Lisee's erudition and intelligence, that is however an unlikely scenario.

Don't Believe Everything You Read About Flu Deaths

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

The CDC's decision to play up flu deaths dates back a decade, when it realized the public wasn't following its advice on the flu vaccine. During the 2003 flu season "the manufacturers were telling us that they weren't receiving a lot of orders for vaccine,"Dr. Glen Nowak, associate director for communications at CDC's National Immunization Program, told National Public Radio.

Canada's Shortlist for the Everyday Political Citizen

Alison Loat | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

Whether we like it or not, most major decisions about our communities are still made at the political level. Yet there is little celebration of, and often outright disdain for, those who engage with the political process to try and have a say in those decisions.

Budget Watch 2014: The Need For Visionary Leadership

Simon Lewchuk | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Simon Lewchuk

By all accounts, this year's budget is all about "keeping the powder dry" for the "big event" in 2015. Next year's budget will be highly politicized, meant to set the stage for the general election in October. That 2015 budget will offer targeted, carefully designed tax cuts designed to secure electoral victory. Budget 2014 is merely laying the groundwork. But what will this budget direction cost?

Brazeau Responds To Firing With NSFW Language

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

Patrick Brazeau has responded to another career setback as only he can. It was revealed this week that the ousted senator was terminated from his f...

The SAGA To Replace Our Choppers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A timeline of major events in the protracted and ongoing effort to replace the Canadian military's shipborne and search-and-rescue helicopter...

I've Tried to Commit Suicide and It's Not a Solution

Andrew Lawton | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Lawton

I can only imagine what Mr. Smitherman himself is going through after his partner commit suicide; but I don't have to imagine the thoughts passing through Christopher Peloso's mind in his final days and hours. And it is precisely that reason that I think it is so dangerous to suggest, even if unintentionally, that suicide brings peace. By expressing a desire to "find comfort somehow in knowing that he has found peace from the depression that has wreaked havoc on his mind," Smitherman reinforced the flawed logic that those who are suicidal endure while contemplating the fatal act.

U.S. Senator Finally Renouncing Canadian Citizenship

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz says he has started the process to officially renounce his Canadian citizenship. Cruz told the Dallas Morning News he has "re...

Twitter Reacts To Supreme Court's Prostitution Decision

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

Canada's Supreme Court struck down sections of the country's prostitution laws on Friday. The move is seen as a significant victory for sex worker...

More Music To Pauline Marois' Ears

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Politics

PARIS - An expression of support for secularism by the French president was greeted enthusiastically Tuesday by Premier Pauline Marois, whose governme...

The Week In Review: Daniel Dale Shouldn't Be Covering Rob Ford

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Marni Soupcoff

If what Rob Ford has been saying about Daniel Dale is untrue, as Dale insists, then I don't blame the reporter for initiating legal action in an effort to protect his reputation. However, I do take issue with his insistence that it's fine for him to remain on the city hall beat for the Toronto Star while he does so. A reporter should be as impartial as possible, which means at a minimum he should have no obvious conflicts with the subjects he's reporting on. And there are few conflicts more obvious than being on the other end of a lawsuit with someone. Dale can't provide objective coverage about Ford at the same time that he's suing him.

Althia Raj

Second Thoughts About Gag Order? | Althia Raj | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — A committee of MPs who imposed lifetime gag orders on political staff may revisit their decision — but they have no plans to make it easi...