Canada Politics

What Ontario's Balanced Budget Means For You

Kathleen Wynne | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Wynne

The budget we have tabled in the legislature is entirely about you. It's about your family, your hopes and your dreams. It's about the things that keep you up at night worrying. This budget is about making the choices that help you navigate the turbulence of a changing economy with greater security and more opportunity. And it's about setting your province on a course toward long-term success.

Military Forcing Out 77 Members For Sexual Misconduct

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Politics

The figure is being touted as a solid step toward the defence chief's promise of eradicating sexual misconduct in the military.

We Are Witnessing The Slow Death Of Ontario's Rural Hospitals

Michelle Cohen | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Michelle Cohen

I am one of a large number of physicians who have been forced to choose between office work and certain types of hospital work because the latter is no longer close and accessible. The number of family physicians attending deliveries has been in decline for a long time, and accessibility is a key reason.

Canada Post Should Never Have To Deliver A Sexist, Racist Paper

Andrew Tumilty | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Andrew Tumilty

Last year the minister responsible for Canada Post issued what a prohibitory order to stop delivery of a disgusting hate rag known as Your Ward News by Canada Post carriers. Defenders of Your Ward News say this is a free-speech issue, and their rights are being denied. They are completely wrong on both counts.

Science Needs A Rebrand, Not A Protest March, To Convince Skeptics

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

This Earth Day, thousands of scientists will descend on Washington DC to protest budget cuts to their departments. The science seems to suggest that when people in lab coats align with one political side, they only drive people further away. Instead, scientists need to stoke our wonder.

How Will We Take Back Democracy's Future?

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Those millions who voted for Donald Trump in hopes that he would turn government on its head and make it sensitive once more to the average family have been enduring weeks of increasing disappointment. Instead of draining the swamp, Donald Trump has become mired in it.

Reconciliation Is Canada Embracing Its Many Indigenous Languages

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Language trees like Algonquian, Athapaskan and Inuktitut drove their roots into this country millennia before a word of English or French was spoken here. Today, there are more than 60 distinct indigenous languages in Canada. Teaching non-indigenous Canadians would build bridges.

Leitch, O'Toole See Very Different Paths To Tory Leadership Win

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Politics

"Others can speculate on who they think I am, but they are not close personal friends, and last I checked they are not me."

Our Leaders Need To Shed The Corrupting Influence Of Weapons

Harith Chaudhary | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Harith Chaudhary

We have a problem, rather, a preoccupation with power. It is human nature to want and crave it, but the ways we get it and keep it are usually inhumane. The simplest, most base feeling of power is that of physical might. The ability to defeat one's foes in combat.

Trudeau Is Ready To Break A 100-Year Promise To Veterans

Bruce Moncur | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

With the recent budget, I will be entering my 11th year without a life long disability pension, 9 years under the Conservatives and now two with the Liberals. The Trudeau government campaigned on the reestablishment of these pensions. Three times they made public overtures to that effect that in fact if and when they formed government they will re-establish the life long pensions that they took away in 2006 to begin with.

NDP, Tories Keep Up Rare Alliance In Fight Over Changes To House Rules

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Politics

The two opposition parties are set to resume their filibuster at a House committee.

It's Time For Free Birth Control

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Despite those who may object to free birth control, there are many reasons why prescription birth control should be free. Making birth control free saves Canada billions in health care costs. It benefits those who take it, is effective in reducing unintended pregnancies and abortions, and increases equal access to sexual health products.

O'Leary's Free-Market Chauvinism Doesn't Reflect Canadian Values

Brian McLaughlin | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Brian McLaughlin

As the CPC strategizes for a new party leader, some right-minded pundits of market fundamentalism are touting the inexperienced political outsider as a serious contender for party leader. That imprudent direction may well prove to widen the chasm between the CPC and wiser-than-previously-anticipated average Canadian voters.

Stephen Harper Jumps Back Into Politics To Run For Tory Leader

The Huffington Post Canada | Dieter Lancebridge | Posted 04.01.2017 | Canada

The former prime minister shared the unbelievable decision in a news release.

Sanctuary Cities Divide Inclusive Canada Into 'Us' And 'Them'

Terezia Farkas | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Politics
Terezia Farkas

When a person is escaping war or simply wants to immigrate to Canada, the driving force is the idea that Canada is an inclusive, safe country of multiculturalism. Declaring a city a "sanctuary city" is a slap in the face of Canadians because a sanctuary city tells the world that somehow the rest of Canada is not a safe place for refugees and immigrants.

► Tories Try To Win Your Vote Before Their Toast Pops Up

The Huffington Post Canada | Andree Lau | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Politics

"Fresh and wholesome, just like the Conservative Party of Canada."

Our Health-Care System Isn't In A Position To Manage Social Problems

Michelle Cohen | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Politics
Michelle Cohen

When health care is positioned as a key way of managing social problems, we put enormous strain on the system. This forces us to be duct-tape doctors, trying our best to seal up the gaps in a patchwork system of inadequacies and shortfalls. Primary care in particular is perfectly situated to absorb the costs of poor social supports.

Liberals Opt For A Slow Burn On Legal Weed

Andrew Tumilty | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Andrew Tumilty

It is encouraging to see that the Liberal government has taken their time making this change and will continue to do so. There are a number of legal and social factors to consider when deciding something that has been illegal should be otherwise.

Tory Leadership Hopefuls Chase Headlines Ahead Of Membership Deadline

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics

The party is set to choose a permanent replacement for interim leader Rona Ambrose in May.

Genetic Non-Discrimination Act Vote Is Government In Action

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Sarah E. Leamon

Polls indicate that many Canadians, who would otherwise undergo genetic testing in order to become better informed about their health-care needs, and make positive changes in their lifestyle according to those needs, were dissuaded from undergoing the procedure for fear of repercussions from insurance companies. The concerns associated with being denied coverage, or paying inflated premiums, were enough to stop people from using advancements in genetic testing to their benefit.

Anti-Islamophobia Motion Shows World What Canadians Stand For

Richad Hirani | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Richad Hirani

Canada has sent a powerful message that reverberates across all factions: Canada stands with Muslims. This is what M-103 accomplishes. And this is the kind of religious tolerance and inclusiveness that make Canada a model for diversity around the world.

Liberals Face Heat Over Proposed Changes To Parliament's Rules

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics

The Conservatives argue that the Liberals are trying to ram through the changes without adhering to the customary practice of making changes to House procedures through consensus, not by majority.

Rempel: Trudeau 'Lost His S**t' After Tory MP Questioned Him

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Politics

It was a wild, wild day in the House.

Campaigns Don't Matter. Words Do

Warren Kinsella | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Warren Kinsella

Trump was a political seismic event in many ways, of course. Trump shattered the Western liberal democratic consensus in respect of trade, immigrants, refugees, security and race. He upended every convention. He also showed everyone, in a yuge way, that campaigns now don't matter much at all.

North Korea: A Humanitarian Crisis Decades In The Making

Harith Chaudhary | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Harith Chaudhary

Through inaction we are implicated. Through apathy we are condemned. History will not judge the DPRK regime kindly, but what of us who allowed it to stay in power for so long? What Pandora's Box awaits us with the fall of North Korea?