Canada Politics

When It Comes To Fiscal Policy, Japan Is No Role Model

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron Wudrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Tokyo this week for a bilateral visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well a G7 leaders summit in nearby Ise-Shima. While increasing trade is a major focus of the Prime Minister's visit (Japan is Canada's fifth largest trading partner), Canadians should cross their fingers that Trudeau doesn't ask his Japanese counterpart for advice on fiscal policy and the virtues of massive infrastructure spending.

Was Harper Really The Worst Canadian Prime Minister In History?

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Does the inevitable stagnation that comes with a decade in power automatically cast a departed leader as the worst in history? Many will point at Harper's dictatorial approach to governance, his deficits, his disregard for science or his political gamesmanship as proof that he was. I don't think this type of hyperbole is worthwhile nor productive.

Parliament Is (Still) Broken

Guy Caron | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

Few realize that the position of prime minister in Canada has more power than the President in the United States or, for that matter, any government leader in the G7. The current government already has the majority of seats and therefore control of the legislative agenda. It can use its majority to limit debate on any given bill and it also has control over the committees studying these bills.

Canada Is Finally Moving Forward On Trans Rights

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Sandeep Prasad

The gender identity and expression bill is long overdue, with similar bills having already been introduced seven times before. But what makes this a cause for celebration is that for the first time, it's the government who is tabling the bill. Unlike previous private members' bills, this one is much more likely to pass. This bill would go a long way toward equal protections for all trans people across Canada, and could be a promising example to follow for provinces and territories who haven't yet adopted similar protections.

Why Ontario's Autism Debate Drives Parents To Rage And Tears

Janet McLaughlin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Janet McLaughlin

The idea that one group of children must be tossed aside for another is flawed and harmful. The problem of wait lists for autism therapy is simply one of government spending priorities. The only reason every single child with autism cannot immediately receive IBI is because the government is not immediately investing enough money for them to do so. But aren't the Liberals investing $333 million? Why isn't that enough?

Passion In Parliament Should Never Lead To Misconduct

Erin O'Toole | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

If all MPs and all Canadians approach these subjects with respect, we can all feel better about the outcome whether you support Bill C-14 or not. I have been part of a few interviews and discussions with MPs on the issue of assisted suicide and got to know my colleagues across the aisle and understand their motivations better. This is passion and Parliament at its best. Sadly, last week also saw Parliament at its worst when the prime minister of Canada allowed his passion to get the better of him and he stormed across the aisle to yell at, and engaged in a scuffle with opposition MPs.

Democracy Was The Ultimate Victim Of The House Of Commons Antics

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

As the leading elected official, the prime minister erred significantly, and his subsequent apologies contain a hint of his awareness of how Parliament was belittled through his action. And when NDP members sought to keep the Opposition Whip from proceeding down the aisle with his government counterpart, they too played their own erring part in the twisted plot.

Alberta's LGBTQ Students Have The Right To Own Their Narrative

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Today in Alberta there is a debate about parental rights v. the rights of LGBTQ kids. It centres around the obligation of a school teacher to whom a student discloses their orientation or gender identity to tell that student's parents. I was fortunate that my parents were supportive and understanding. Not all kids are so fortunate.

Oh What A Circus: An American Version Of Evita

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

With the strains of Don't Cry for Me Argentina still fresh in my mind from Vancouver Opera's production of Evita, I am re-imagining the seminal 70's r...

Canada Must Decide The Role Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Plays

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

I'm proud of Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau's involvement and support of causes. I just think she chose the wrong audience at the wrong time. Most parents who work full-time or more would be over the moon to have one helper. To want to have two plus an office of staff comes across as tone-deaf and elitist, even if it is warranted by the purposes you are taking on. I think I speak for the majority of the average families out there when they would say that if you can't handle the workload you're taking on, you're going to have to consider cutting back or looking at taking some money out of your pocket to find a workaround.

Are The Liberals Preparing To Stack The Deck In Their Favour?

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Prime Minister Trudeau's preferred method of elections, a ranked ballot system where you would indicate your first and second preferences down to last preference that would effectively put the Conservative Party of Canada on the path to irrelevance, is of concern.

Canada's "No-Fly List" Highlights A Need For Political Courage

Monia Mazigh | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

It has now been five months since we started hearing and reading about the Canadian kids affected by additional security screening measures when they try to board a plane, and unfortunately, the situation hasn't improved much since.

The Olympics' Exploitation Of Indigenous People Has To Stop

Janice Forsyth | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Janice Forsyth

Organized sport played an important role in the residential school system, which means that sport is implicated in Canada's history of cultural genocide. How we move our bodies, the values we attach to those movements, and the resources we provide to support certain types of movements and not others are political decisions.

The Problem With Seeing Only What We Want To See

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I can think of many times when I ignored what I saw in a person or a situation. Initially, it seems so much easier to see what we prefer to see, rather than face the unpleasant truth of what's actually there. Still, what I've realized is that no matter how difficult it is to acknowledge the signs of trouble in our relationships or environment, it's always better to do so.

Manitoba Minister Overseeing Francophone Affairs Doesn't Speak French

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Politics

The cabinet has been criticized for its lack of diversity.

Meet Canada's Donald Trump: PM Robert Borden

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

As Canadians look down upon the severe tone of the Republican primary season, they might console themselves by saying: "We would never resort to that kind of hateful dialogue, and it would never work here -- in the multicultural haven that is Canada." Prime Minister Robert Borden might prove them wrong.

I Love How Sports Transcend Barriers To Let Us Come Together

Jagneet Singh | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jagneet Singh

Simply put, sports has a way of connecting people. When you throw on your team colours, you're no longer a Sikh, Jew, Christian, White, or Black. You're simply a fan. And the only thing that matters in that moment is realizing the dream of seeing your team lift up the trophy one day and host a parade on your home streets.

Canada's Parties Can't Make The 'Leap' On Pipelines

Gord Miller | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Gord Miller

How is it that the national debate is not about bitumen and the future markets for that commodity? Instead, people drone on about pipelines, an abstraction of the petroleum production. The mantra has become: "If we build them, money will come." But will it? Is the world market price for bitumen so attractive that success is assured if we can only get it to tide-water? The answer is simple: No.

Why "Anti-Semitism" Is The Most Abused Term In Canada

Yves Engler | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

"Anti-Semitism" may be the most abused term in Canada today. Almost entirely divorced from its dictionary definition -- "discrimination against or prejudice or hostility toward Jews" -- it is now primarily invoked to uphold Jewish/white privilege. Inward looking and affluent, the Jewish community is quick to claim victimhood. But, like an out of control child, the major Jewish organizations need to seriously reevaluate what they aim to represent in the public sphere.

Gender Parity In Politics Can't Wait Another 100 Years

Janis Irwin | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Janis Irwin

At the provincial level, three provinces are led by women, including Premier Rachel Notley in Alberta. Women make up 53 per cent of our province's cabinet ministers. In 2006, it was a mere 11 per cent. So, in a decade, that's progress. Federally, as in Alberta, cabinet is gender-balanced, a move that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified with the now oft-quoted "because it's 2015." Yet, in 2016, it must be noted that only 26 per cent of seats in the House of Commons are held by women. So, why is it that the lack of gender parity remains so pronounced in most levels of government across Canada?

These Canadian Heroines All Deserve A Spot On Our Currency

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The lack of diversity on our money is hardly fitting for a country that likes to think of itself as a leader on progressive issues. Even the U.S. is getting ahead. Now that this oversight is finally being rectified, our question is: why just one?

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?

Prioritize Federal Spending On Federal Responsibilities

Susanne DiCocco | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Susanne DiCocco

The first budget delivered by the Liberals signaled a return to 1970s Trudeaupian Liberalism, not just with its flagrant disregard for balanced budgets and ballooning debt, but also by disregarding a core accountability under our Constitution: Canada's military.

We Need To Learn To Engage In Difficult Conversations

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

Most of us gravitate to those who agree with us rather than investigating alternate ways of thinking about things. It will be difficult to give up those conspiracy websites where one can share information with like-minded people, rather than conversing with those who might challenge our views.

Canada's Outdated Income Tax Act Begs A Top-To-Bottom Review

Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA

By making it easier to navigate the tax rules and meet their obligations, Canadians will spend less time and less of their money on preparing their taxes, leaving more in their pockets. For Canadian businesses, productivity could improve as they spend less time, effort and capital dealing with tax compliance and red tape.